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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Just as modern automobiles are required to have seat belts and safety glass, boat manufacturing safety standards that also reduce injuries and save lives have improved over the years. However, thanks to modern fiberglass many boats today are more than a decade old – providing owners with some opportunities for making safety

tags: Retrofitting, Safety

Friday, December 18, 2020

Boaters looking to buy themselves a Christmas gift may be thinking about adding some “bling” to the boat – multicolored decorative LED deck and space lighting. Just don’t light your boat up like a Christmas tree, says the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Extra lights installed in the wrong

tags: Safety, Lighting

Friday, December 11, 2020

With the boat in tow, you head to the gas station to fill her up. At the pump you find a fuel prohibited for use in boats, E15 gas, being sold alongside approved E10 fuel. What’s to prevent you from misfueling? A little warning label about the size of a pack of gum that’s often hard to notice, difficult to understand, and

tags: Safety

Thursday, November 26, 2020

It was a great day boating and another majestic sunset. Rounding the bend heading for their slip, Captain Murray was thinking about that glass of Chardonnay back at the yacht club. Then a powerboat went speeding by a little too close, which caused a big wake and knocked Crewmember Dave overboard while he was taking down the sails.

by: Robin G. Coles

tags: Sailing, Safety

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The Coast Guard is reminding mariners and outdoors enthusiasts of the dangers presented by cold weather as temperatures drop in the Great Lakes region. Cold air and freezing water temperatures significantly decrease survival time for persons immersed in the water or exposed to the elements. Units throughout the Coast Guard Ninth

tags: Great Lakes, Safety

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Other than the colors of trees and cooler temperatures, what’s different about boating in the fall? A lot, according to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, especially when it comes your safety aboard. One big issue is there are fewer boats – often the quickest pathway to a rescue – on the water,

tags: Travel, Safety

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The boating season is drawing to a close, but the cold weather buying season will heat up soon. On snowy nights, potential boat buyers will hunch over computers and cellphones looking at boats for sale, dreaming of sugarplums and their first boat, while current owners with two-footitis seek a larger boat and look to sell. Nearly all

tags: Boating 101, COVID-19, Education, Financing, Safety, Used Boats

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Oswego, N.Y. With the significant increase in boat sales and new boat owners this year, New York Sea Grant is encouraging all boat owners to be thinking ahead about boat storage and winterizing needs. New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist David G. "Dave" White II suggests that, even while boaters are still

tags: Boating 101, Lake Ontario, Safety, Storage, Winterization

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

“Tough Luck!” That’s what the Federal Communications Commission seems to be saying to all recreational boaters who rely on the accuracy of GPS, and the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is leading the effort to bring the issue to the attention of the nation’s boaters. A controversial FCC

by: Norm Schultz

tags: Navigation, Safety, Law & Politics

Monday, September 7, 2020

Owned by the Marine Industries of South Florida and produced by Informa Markets, FLIBS, the largest in-water boat show on the seven seas, with over 80% of the show taking place in open-air outdoor spaces, will return to the Yachting Capital of the World from October 28 through November 1 with enhanced health and safety measures in

tags: Law & Politics, Navigation, Safety


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