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Friday, July 3, 2020

Mercury Marine recently announced full compatibility of all Mercury SmartCraft‑capable engines with the new 1st Mate Safety and Security System. This technology comprises an intelligent hub, a set of wearable products and a mobile‑device app that integrate with a boat's propulsion systems to provide potentially lifesaving

tags: Company Expansions, Engines, Safety, Smart Technology, Software & Apps

Thursday, July 2, 2020

At the nation’s largest 24/7 on-water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, TowBoatUS, it’s all hands on deck. The 600-plus boat fleet responds to more than 70,000 requests annually, but this Independence Day holiday weekend the towing service is expected assist more than 3500 boaters with a tow, battery

tags: Boat Club, Events, Safety, Towing

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Now is a great time to refresh your memory on clean and safe boating practices. As the height of the boating season is in full swing, the Ohio Clean Marinas Program would like to remind everyone of the basics as well as offer resources for more helpful tips. Get some fresh air and help the environment by cleaning up your local

tags: COVID-19, Safety

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Celebrating America’s birthday, thousands of boaters are expected to hit the water this Fourth of July holiday weekend, recreational boating’s traditional busiest time of the year. With COVID-19 it certainly won’t be the same. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has a few boating safety reminders

tags: Law & Politics, Safety

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft is reminding Ohioans to stay alert and always practice safety first when swimming at public beaches this summer. “It’s important that all visitors understand the dangers of swimming in dark waters, especially for young children and

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Inland Boating, Kids & Pets, Safety

Monday, June 22, 2020

For America’s boat and yacht clubs and other groups organizing sailboat racing this summer, the rules have all changed with COVID-19. Captains know that having success with COVID-19’s social distancing could mean having fewer (nonrelated) crew aboard this racing season. However, fewer crew could also mean fewer hands

tags: Safety, Sailing, COVID-19, Racing

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

I have written before about the features of the new Vesper Marine Cortex and firmly believe that it is a truly innovative product. With my extra time indoors self-isolating, I decided to test out a demo unit the team sent me. The demo came in a suitcase with just a manual and power cord–it didn’t need to be attached to a

by: Jordan Balbresky

tags: Electronics, Retrofitting, Safety, Travel

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

We carry spare batteries, flashlights, flares, sunscreen, and many other items to enjoy the water safely. Similarly, part of our car’s safety equipment always includes a spare tire or another way to deal with a flat. We cannot know when we will run over something that causes a flat tire and we must be sure we can somehow get

by: Professionals of Henry H. Smith Co.

tags: Propellers, Safety

Friday, May 22, 2020

Memorial Day is fast approaching and the summer solstice is right behind. That means boating season is near with lots of activity on the water. Now is the time to check your navigation equipment and make sure it’s good to go. It’s especially important to prepare for situations where you or someone on your boat could be

by: Robin G. Coles

tags: Boating 101, Safety, Travel

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Nearly 24 hours before the Edenville Dam in Midland County collapsed Tuesday, conservation officers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources began evacuating people in homes and businesses positioned downriver of the dam. With historic flood levels expected, the officers remain on scene and are providing emergency response as

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Inland Boating, Lake Huron, Safety

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