Boating Safety Is For Life

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boating Safety Standards: the whys and wherefores.

In today’s boating world we are all very aware of safety requirements. But many people get confused over what a boat owner/operator is required to have or do, and what is required of boat builders, and repairers. Much of this is due to the many different organizations involved, and to information put out by various sources. I will try to clear up this muddle. First I will explain the difference between safety standards for owners and standards for boat builders. I will also try to explain what the various standards are and why they exist. Plus I will list the various organizations and their role in boating safety.

Boating safety standards range from carrying lifejackets (personal flotation devices, PFD) to requirements for fuel and electrical systems. Each standard is designed to minimize a known risk. Lifejackets, when used, minimize the risk of drowning. Flotation in small boats prevent hypothermia and drowning by keeping a boat from sinking and providing a floating platform that makes it easier to rescue people. But standards are often divided into carriage requirements, that is stuff you must carry on the boat, and construction requirements, that is the way the boat is built. We also separate them into requirements for the boat owner/operator and requirements for the boat manufacturer. However, sometimes a standard will apply to both.

Typically carriage requirements are owner/operator requirements. These include PFDs, fire extinguishers, a horn, running lights, and other equipment. Carriage requirements are determined by the size of the boat, the number of passengers, whether it has an outboard engine or inboard engine, or even the type of boat. In addition, local governments may require other items to be carried, such as an anchor and line, bailing bucket, or paddle.

Boat construction standards are usually manufacturer requirements. These include safe loading standards, safe horsepower, flotation, fuel systems, electrical systems, and others. Manufacturer requirements insure that boats meet a minimum standard for safety when they are sold to the public. As with owner/operator requirements the standard that applies is determined by the type of boat, it’s size, the type of engine, and hull configuration. But sometimes a standard will also apply to the owner/operator.

Ventilation of the engine compartment is required on gasoline powered inboard boats to prevent explosions and fires. Also, for the same reason, gasoline inboard engines are required to have a backfire flame arrestor. These requirements apply to both owner/operator and to boat manufacturers. Owners must insure these items are installed and working properly, and manufacturers are required to install these items on new boats. The same applies to navigation lights. They are an owner/operator requirement. But if the manufacturer installs them the must be lights that are certified by the light manufacturer and installed correctly on the boat.

Repairers, on the other hand, are not required by the law in the USA, (but in the EU they are required by the RCD), to maintain or repair a boat to the standards. But, there is another factor that compels them to follow the standards; liability. If they do not follow the standards and an accident occurs because they did not follow a standard, they can be held liable for damages by a court of law. So all reputable repairers follow the standards.

In addition to manufacturer requirements set by law, there are many non-governmental organizations that set standards for the boating industry. Most of these standards are not mandatory but are usually followed rigorously by boat manufacturers and repairers because of the liability issue. In a future post I will discuss these organizations. But on my next post I will review the owner/operator requirements and the reasons for them.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Officials crack down on boaters
Kern Valley Sun Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:35 AM PDT Recreational boaters may want to think twice before reaching for that cold beer this weekend. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, launches Operation Dry Water the weekend of June 26 - 28, 2009. Operation Dry Water is an enforcement effort designed to highlight the dangers of operating a boat under the influence of ...

Safe Boating Class Offered July 11 -
North Myrtle Beach, SC, USA JUNE 30, 2009 LITTLE RIVER, SC ―The North Strand Sail & Power Squadron will be presenting their Safe Boating Class on Saturday, July 11 from 8 am to 3 pm ...

Boating Lessons: Avoiding Submerged Objects
Submerged objects present a real danger to boaters. If you hit a submerged object while boating, you may pierce the hull of your vessel or harm your engine(s) or propeller. Common objects to look out for are logs, branches, Powerboating -

Search under way for canoeist missing on Lewis River
NorthWest Cable News Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:57 AM PDT Oregon Coast Guard and crews were searching for a man missing after his canoe reportedly capsized yesterday.

LSO: Boating Deaths Could've Been Prevented
KOLN Lincoln Mon, 29 Jun 2009 11:37 AM PDT Witnesses say two men killed in a boating accident at Branched Oak Lake struggled to survive before they were struck by the boat's propellor.

Boating season opens badly
The Virginia Gazette Mon, 29 Jun 2009 11:32 AM PDT CHARLES CITY One boat struck another and became airborne in a spectacular crash Saturday on the Chickahominy River. Both boats were occupied by off-duty James City police officers.

Man in Blue Marsh boating accident died of heart attack, deputy coroner says
Reading Eagle Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:12 AM PDT A Montgomery County man died of a heart attack after a boating accident on Blue Marsh Lake, officials said today. David M. Heath III, 61, of Douglass Township was pronounced dead in the emergency room of Reading Hospital Sunday at 1:55 p.m. after he was thrown from his boat.

Pair rescued after yacht beaches
BBC News Mon, 29 Jun 2009 06:28 AM PDT A man and his heavily pregnant daughter are rescued by coastguards after their yacht runs aground in Cornwall.

Boy Scout leader drowns in rafting trip
KTVB Boise Mon, 29 Jun 2009 11:14 AM PDT JACKSON, Wyo. -- A Boy Scout leader has died on a troop rafting trip on a popular whitewater stretch of the Snake River. Craig McHouston of Rexburg, Idaho, drowned Friday after being thrown from his raft when it hit a rapid known as Three Oar Deal.

Deadly boating accident
KPLC-TV - Lake Charles, LA, USA The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says Armentor and his 12-year-old son were leaving one campsite and heading to their house boat about a ...

Prosecutors seek prison term for Barrington boating death
Turn to - Providence, RI, USA AP PROVIDENCE—Prosecutors are seeking a 5-year prison sentence for a teenager who admitted killing his friend in a 2007 boating collision on the Barrington ...

Man dies in fishing boat accident
Wilkes Journal Patriot - N Wilkesboro, NC, USA by Staff A Wilkes County fisherman was killed early Friday morning when the boat in which he and two family members were riding was struck by a barge on ...

Two Omaha-area cousins join boating accident toll
Omaha World-Herald - Omaha, NE, USA The Omaha-area men died after they fell out of Jarecki's boat Sunday morning. Jarecki, 32, of La Vista and Hafsaas, 25, of Omaha were found dead in the lake ...

Women rescued after boat capsizes on the Green River
Salt Lake Tribune - United States The sheriff's office said that the women's boat capsized after encountering a rapid on the Green River about 4 pm Friday. The women were able to build a ...

Man found unconscious on boat (registration) -
MS, USA By ROBIN FITZGERALD - GULFPORT — A man was rescued from an out-of-control pleasure boat this morning near the Gulfport Ship ...

Azikiwe varsity student, girlfriend die in boat mishap Vanguard News
By johnabayomi ONITSHA—Tragedy struck at Umueze Anam, Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra state at the weekend, when a final year student of Nnamdi Azikiwe university, Izuchukwu Patrick, aged 22, and his girlfriend died in a boat mishap on ...Vanguard News -

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boater safety course offered
Door County Advocate Sat, 27 Jun 2009 02:20 AM PDT The Door County Sail and Power Squadron is offering a boater safety course beginning the July 8 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 229 N. 14th Ave., Sturgeon Bay.

Coast Guard cracks down on drunk boaters
WTOL - Toledo,OH,USABy Dick Berry - email EAST TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Boaters may want to think twice this weekend before reaching for that next cold beer. ...

Conn. governor signs drunken boating law
Hartford Courant - United States She proposed the legislation after a runaway powerboat slammed into a sailboat on the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook in 2007, killing a South Windsor ...

How to Observe Basic Boating Safety Rules eHowcom
How to Observe Basic Boating Safety Rules. Owning and operating a boat can be really fun but first you must be prepared to act in a responsible manner while ...

Boater taken to hospital after injuring head
Cape Cod Times Sat, 27 Jun 2009 23:13 PM PDT HARWICH PORT A boater suffered a head injury after losing his footing while sailing in Saquatucket Harbor yesterday, a fire department official said.

2 people rescued from Merrimack River after boat capsizes
Boston Globe Sun, 28 Jun 2009 10:04 AM PDT By Benjamin Paulin, Globe Correspondent Two people were pulled from the mouth of the Merrimack River last night after their boat took on water and capsized. The Coast Guard received a distress call at 8:42 p.m. after a Good Samaritan...

Boat capsizes on Little Calumet River, two sent into water
Chicago Sun-Times Sun, 28 Jun 2009 09:45 AM PDT A boat capsized on the Little Calumet River on the Southeast Side Sunday morning, prompting rescue crews to the scene, in an attempt to rescue two male boaters. Fire and water unit crews are headed to East 127th Street and South Michigan Avenue for two people that were sent into the Little Calumet River after a boat capsized, according to a search and rescue controller with Coast Guard Lake ...

U.S. Coast Guard: 2 Boats Capsize, At Least 1 Dead
CBS 2 Chicago Sun, 28 Jun 2009 09:39 AM PDT One person was reportedly killed after a boat capsized in Lake Michigan Sunday morning, making it the second boating accident in the Chicago area in the morning hours.

Palm Beach Woman Killed In Boating Mishap
CBS4 Miami Sun, 28 Jun 2009 07:57 AM PDT A day on the water turned deadly Saturday for a Palm Beach Gardens couple. Mike Aubrey was piloting his 24-foot boat near the Jupiter Inlet in the afternoon when he said he heard a thud and then noticed that his wife Melissa had fallen overboard.

Police: Drunken boaters arrested on Hudson near Tappan Zee Bridge
The Journal News Sun, 28 Jun 2009 06:18 AM PDT TARRYTOWN - Two boaters who police said had beer cans rolling in their vessels on the Hudson River were charged tonight with boating while intoxicated.

Teacher drowns, 2 others OK after rafting accident
WBBM Newsradio 780 Chicago Sun, 28 Jun 2009 12:48 PM PDT DeKalb first-grade teacher, mother of two, dies after raft sucked into "boil" at dam base.

Coast Guard Rescues 3 Off Coast Of St. Marys -
Jacksonville, FL, USA Three boaters were rescued Sunday morning off the coast of St. Marys, Ga., after their fishing boat capsized. The boat overturned about 20 miles east of the ...

Boat Fire Diverts Wardens From OUI Patrol -
Portland, ME, USA They responded to an explosion on a boat carrying four people. No one was hurt. The boat caught fire shortly after fueling up at a marina. ...

Electrical problem likely sparks Maine boat fire
HARRISON, Maine - Fire officials say an electrical problem likely sparked a fire and explosion on a boat on Maine's Long Lake this weekend. None of the four people aboard the boat were hurt in Saturday's incident. ...

7 people rescued after boat flips on Lake Mendota
Wisconsin State Journal - Madison, WI, USA Seven people were rescued from Lake Mendota after their boat began sinking and eventually flipped Sunday evening, according to the Dane County Sheriff's ...

Nebraska man missing after boating accident -
Des Moines, IA, USA A Nebraska man is missing and another man was injured after they were thrown from a boat on the Missouri River Saturday evening, according to the Iowa ...

2 dead after boating accident on Neb. lake
KTIV - Sioux City, IA, USA (AP) - Authorities say two people are dead after a boating accident on a southeastern Nebraska lake. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Department says the ...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

This weekend is the beginning of Operation Dry Water: All the on-the-water law enforcement agencies in the US are going to be focusing on people who operate their boat while intoxicated. Many boating accidents are directly attributable to alcohol. Don't drink and operate your boat!

';Operation Dry Water' Warns Of Boating Dangers
Boston - MA, USA The program aims to raise awareness of the hazards of boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The National Association of State Boating Law ...

Boater education one step closer in N.C.
Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald Fri, 26 Jun 2009 12:05 PM PDT RALEIGH â An amended Senate Bill 43 requiring mandatory boater education moved closer to passing in the senate this week at its third reading.

State bills pending that would give boat policing to local cops
Asbury Park Press Sat, 27 Jun 2009 08:16 AM PDT State legislators from Ocean County are on the verge of achieving long-sought changes in state boating law that would give local police clear authority to enforce boating rules, and impose a speed limit on personal watercraft within 100 feet of the shoreline and swimmers. "I think we've had this bill in two previous legislative sessions,'' said state Sen. Christopher J. Connors, R-Ocean, who ...

Coast Guard Search For Boat Turns Up Nothing
WPTZ Plattsburgh Fri, 26 Jun 2009 16:11 PM PDT Coast Guard officials say a lake search, stemming from a call from a boater claiming to have been hit by lightning, has turned up no evidence of a boat.

Boater's body recovered from Watts Bar after collision with barge
Knoxville News Sentinel Fri, 26 Jun 2009 04:34 AM PDT LOUDON - Divers have recovered the body of a man missing after a collision early this morning of a barge and a private craft on Watts Bar Lake.

70-Foot Yacht Hits Bonner Bridge
WITN - USA I am sure that yacht will need some expensive repairs though! Since the boaters failed to follow the directions of using the center passage, they should be ...

Two Dead From Boating Accident
WAFB Baton Rouge Sat, 27 Jun 2009 10:41 AM PDT BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two baton rouge men are dead...after a fishing trip gone wrong. Authorities say the men were thrown from their 14-foot flatboat and drowned in grand river on friday morning. By

RIB sinks moored yacht
Yachting and Boating World Sat, 27 Jun 2009 05:16 AM PDT Two men were rescued by helicopter after their Rigid Inflatable slammed into a moored yacht near Falmouth yesterday evening. Neither man was seriously injured but the yacht, with the RIB embedded in its side, later sank.

Rescuers safely extract three kayakers and canoeists from rushing Huron River
The Ann Arbor News Sat, 27 Jun 2009 13:55 PM PDT Rescuers plucked three people from the fast-moving waters of the Huron River in Washtenaw County Friday night and Saturday morning after canoe or kayak mishaps....

Jupiter Woman Killed In Boating Accident
WPBF - West Palm Beach, FL, USA The husband said he was driving his boat when his wife fell overboard. The victim was airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. ...

Two men killed, one injured in boat accident OCRegister - Santa Ana, CA, USA By SARAH TULLY Two men were killed and one was injured when their boat crashed into a Huntington Harbour bridge early this morning, a Sheriff's Department ...

Fishermen rescued from St. Clair River after boat capsized
Port Huron Times Herald - Port Huron, MI, USA Local water rescue teams plucked two Canadian fishermen from the St. Clair River early Saturday morning after their boat capsized. Capt. ...

Coast Guard Rescues Family from Sinking Boat 8 Miles off the Coast ... -
Tampa, FL, USA The father notified Sea Tow in Beaufort using his VHF radio and told them the boat he and his family were on was sinking. When rescuers arrived three were ...

Boat Fires

5 boaters rescued after engine fire on bay
Baltimore Sun - United States The boaters were taken aboard the Coast Guard vessel while firemen inspected their craft. Once their boat was determined to be safe, Overstreet and the ...

Fultz still in critical condition after boat explosion
Ledger Independent - Maysville, KY, USA Gallenstein said the incident is unfortunate considering Fultz is a knowledgeable and experienced boater. He referred to Fultz as an "all-around good guy" ...

Friday, June 26, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Officials cracking down on boating and drinking
Naples Daily News Thu, 25 Jun 2009 11:40 AM PDT For many who live on Floridaâs coasts, boating and fishing are ideal downtime activities. Some also include drinking in that mix. âBeach, boats and beer seem to go together,â said Cpl. James Vliet, a deputy in the Collier County Sheriffâs Office Marine Division. But what some may not know is that driving on the water while under the influence is a crime, and can land a boater behind bars.

Penalty for drunken boating toughens
Stamford Plus Magazine - Stamford, CT, USA Senate Bill 832, An Act Concerning Boating Safety, would raise the offense of operating a powerboat while intoxicated and causing a death to manslaughter in ...

Coast Guard Auxiliary hosts open house Sunday
Stratford Star - Shelton, CT, USA An open house at the Flotilla 24-02 base in at the Birdseye boat launch on Sunday, June 28, from 10 am to 2 pm will help celebrate the 70th anniversary of ...

Happy 70th, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Marco Island Sun Times Fri, 26 Jun 2009 08:41 AM PDT Boating has always been one of America's favorite pastimes. As the sport grew, along with the development of the single-operator motorboat, and the outboard engine, the number of recreational boaters skyrocketed.

Our view: Boaters need to exercise proper caution
The Salem News - Beverly, MA, USA Boaters should always be aware of the limitations of their vessels. When a situation arises that calls for a life preserver, such as the rogue wave that hit ...

Safety a top priority on 2009 River Quest
Whitehorse Star Daily Fri, 26 Jun 2009 16:37 PM PDT When it comes to safety in the world's longest annual canoe and kayak race, the Yukon River Marathon Paddlers Association doesn't take any chances.

Coast Guard praises how boater handled problem
Baltimore Sun - United States "I've had a boat all my life and I understand the importance of boating safety," Overstreet said. "And my kids understand the importance of boating safety, ...

Carbon Monoxide Prevents Clotting
Medical News Today Fri, 26 Jun 2009 04:05 AM PDT Researchers led by Drs. James F. George and Anupam Agarwal at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have found that carbon monoxide (CO) can protect against arterial clotting. They report their data in the July 2009 issue of the American Journal of Pathology. Carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely toxic; exposure prevents oxygen delivery to body tissues and is often fatal.

Divers search for boater
The Daily News of Newburyport Thu, 25 Jun 2009 21:37 PM PDT NEWBURYPORT and mdash; With hopes of a rescue dimmed, the Coast Guard is continuing its search for a 36-year-old former Coast Guardsman who was last seen Wednesday night aboard his sinking vessel off Salisbury's north jetty.

Coast Guard Rescues Injured Boater
First Coast News Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:50 AM PDT BRUNSWICK, GA -- The Coast Guard had to make a midnight run to rescue an injured boater last night.

Officers capture runaway houseboat
The Tennessean Fri, 26 Jun 2009 08:24 AM PDT Officers chased down an abandoned houseboat this morning that was floating loose on the Cumberland River just behind LP Field.

No injuries reported in yacht fire
Daily Pilot Fri, 26 Jun 2009 05:12 AM PDT A few boat owners got a morning surprise Thursday when they saw smoke coming from a neighboring boat, officials said.

Fire Destroys Two Sausalito Houseboats
FOX 11 Reno Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:36 PM PDT SAUSALITO -- A fire destroyed two houseboats at the Waldo Point Harbor in Sausalito Thursday. Waldo Point Harbormaster Ted Rose said the fire started at one of the approximately 1,300-square-foot boats and spread to a second houseboat nearby.

70-Foot Yacht Hits Bonner Bridge
WITN 7 North Carolina Fri, 26 Jun 2009 10:09 AM PDT The DOT says the bridge over the Oregon Inlet is okay, but the yacht received a hefty gash in its side.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

This is not a safety issue but it is a question that gets asked a lot on boating forums. What are the rules for visitng yachts?

Navigating US clearance rules for foreign-flagged yachts
The Triton (press release) - Fort Lauderdale,FL,USAThis has affected many people and, it seems, foreign-flagged yachts in particular. It is entirely understandable that the government wishes to beef-up ...

Don't Miss
The News & Observer Wed, 24 Jun 2009 23:02 PM PDT BOATER SAFETY CLASS

Boating Rules and Certification
KX TV North Dakota Wed, 24 Jun 2009 18:36 PM PDT Whether you're an experienced boater, or a young jet-skiier... Everyone should know the rules on water safety when heading to the river. And a new website may help keep the rules fresh in your mind this summer. It's called "". This new

Boating safety class begins Tuesday
The Sand Mountain Reporter Wed, 24 Jun 2009 17:45 PM PDT The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer its Boating Skills and Seamanship course at the Guntersville Public Library. The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliaryâs Boating Skills and Seamanship course is a comprehensive course designed for both the experienced and the novice boater.

Boating education card requirement is here and coming up for many - USA Since boating season has kicked off and many are getting back into the water again, boaters of a certain age need to take heed the boating law requirements ...

Agencies Ready for Drunk Boater Crackdown
News10 Sacramento Wed, 24 Jun 2009 21:59 PM PDT Operation Dry Water will be out in force this weekend, putting officers on area waterways to keep boaters from driving under the influence

Operation Dry Water will target drinking boaters
Albany Democrat Herald - Albany, OR, USA As part of a national effort known as Operation Dry Water, Oregon law enforcement officers will be out in force this weekend looking for boat operators who ...

Boat registration crackdown
The Scottsboro Daily Sentinel Thu, 25 Jun 2009 11:04 AM PDT A "considerable amount" of irregularities in boating vessel registrations were recently uncovered, according to a memo released by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Boating? Watch out for those dive flags!
WTSP-TV Tampa Thu, 25 Jun 2009 10:01 AM PDT Rob Murphy, 26, surfaced from the depths of the Atlantic five miles offshore of Stuart, enjoying what he loved best - scuba diving. Murphy recalls that as he was treading water at the surface, he realized a boat was heading directly for him.

Lake Meredith Kayak & Canoe Paddlers Lunch & Learn: Official Club Launch
Borger News-Herald Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:09 AM PDT Pack your lunch and join us at Fritch Fortress, Sunday, July 19 @ 12:30pm for an informational meeting. Some basic introductory paddling and safety information will be provided. Bring your friends, questions, and ideas for the future.

ACE Recreational Marine Insurance Announces Hurricane Safety Tips ...
WELT ONLINE - Berlin, Germany Any probability of a hurricane or a severe storm is cause for boaters in hurricane-prone regions to have preparation plans in place. ...

Missing Person Search
WCYB 5 Tri-Cities Wed, 24 Jun 2009 22:35 PM PDT A search is underway for a missing boater on South Holston Lake in Sullivan County.

Coast Guard searching for missing boater in Merrimack River
Boston Globe - United States By Globe Staff The Coast Guard continued searching this morning for a fourth missing boater in the mouth of the Merrimack River from a 37-foot pleasure ...

Persistent nor'easter claims victim
Martha's Vineyard Times - Vineyard Haven, MA, USA By Steve Myrick Fierce northeast winds, gusting to more than 40 miles per hour, forced a sailboat ashore Monday, near the RM Packer Company tank farm in ...

Coast Guard Rescues Injured Boater
First Coast News Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:50 AM PDT BRUNSWICK, GA -- The Coast Guard had to make a midnight run to rescue an injured boater last night.

Two OKC men hurt in boat crash
The Daily Ardmoreite Thu, 25 Jun 2009 11:28 AM PDT Two Oklahoma City men were injured Saturday in a high-speed boating crash on Lake Texoma near Soldier Creek in Marshall County.

Canadian couple abandoned sinking yacht, rescued
Toronto Sun Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:07 AM PDT NICOSIA, Cyprus â Cyprus police say they have rescued a Canadian couple who had to abandon their sinking yacht off the islandâs southwestern coast.

OVERBOARD: Del. man dies in boating accident
Bethany Beach Wave - Bethany Beach, DE, USA By AP • June 25, 2009 DOVER — Officials say a Bear man has died after a boating accident near Bowers Beach. Authorities say 51-year-old Barry Temple died at ...

Coast Guard helicopter pulls injured man from boat in Darien River
Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL, USA By Terry Dickson The Coast Guard evacuated a 24-year-old man from a 17-foot boat just after midnight today after it boat struck something in the Darien ...

Submerged boat found in Logan Martin
MyFox Birmingham - Birmingham, AL, USA PELL CITY, AL (WBRC) - Authorities are on the scene of a sunken boat on Lake Logan Martin and are trying to find out if any people were involved. ...

Boat Building News -engines

An interesting artcle from Steve D'Antonio.

Closed Crankcase Ventilation What Is It And Do I Need It?
By Steve D'Antonio

From Passagemaker Magazine June 2009

Crankcase ventilation systems have taken many forms over the years on both automotive and marine engines. The term "crankcase ventilation" refers to the venting and removal of gases created as a result of a natural process that occurs in almost all internal combustion engines.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boaters Safety class starts July 9
Oceana's Herald-Journal Wed, 24 Jun 2009 09:28 AM PDT A two-day class in boating safety will be offered Thursday and Friday July 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Pentwater Yacht Club. Taught by Tim Simon, marine deputy of the Oceana County Sheriffâs Department, the class will cover subjects including navigational aids, safety equipment, operations, anchoring, docking and legal requirements.

Officials crack down on boaters
Kern Valley Sun - Lake Isabella, CA, USA Recreational boaters may want to think twice before reaching for that cold beer this weekend. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators ...

Coast Guard stresses sober boating
Boston Herald Wed, 24 Jun 2009 08:55 AM PDT BOSTON - The Coast Guard says 21 percent of the recreational boating accidents in 2007 resulted from drinking. That's prompting the Coast Guard to team up with local...

Amver, Saving Lives at Sea Since 1958: Amver Container Ship ...
By Amver Maritime Relations The sailor, Gianfranco Tortolani, was sailing in the Original Single Handed Trans-Atlantic Race from the United Kingdom to Newport, Rhode Island when his sailboat capsized and was demasted. Demasted ...Amver, Saving Lives at Sea Since 1958 -

Saginaw Man's Brush with Death Offers Lessons in Boating Safety
- Tampa, FL, USA However, not all boaters are so lucky, says the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents. In fact, boating deaths reached a six-year high in 2008 with 36 ...

ACE Recreational Marine Insurance Announces Classic Boat Program ...
WELT ONLINE - Berlin, Germany Classic boats require extensive insurance expertise due to their unique construction, materials, usage and difficulty to replace. ...

Recycling Boats Green Eco Services
By Cathy People to abandon their boats. alternatives to getting rid of boats besides abandoning them in waterways at taxpayer costs and endangering lives and ecosystems.Green Eco Services -


Attorney general says he'll look into fatal sailboat case
Lake County News - Lakeport, CA, USA On the night of April 29, 2006, Dinius was at the tiller of a sailboat that was hit by a powerboat driven by Russell Perdock, an off-duty sheriff's deputy. ...

Boater hurt as vessel slams into sandbar
Newsday - Long Island, NY, USA BY JOHN VALENTI A boater suffered serious injuries to his face after his 19-foot boat hit a sandbar in Fire Island Inlet early ...

Sailboat towed to safety after steering fails
The San Francisco Examiner - San Francisco,California, USA SAN FRANCISCO — A sailboat was towed to safety by the Coast Guard this afternoon after its steering system malfunctioned while sailing in the Bay near ...

Coast Guard rescues man who falls off sailboat -
St. Petersburg, FL, USA PETERSBURG - Authorities rescued a 35-year-old man who fell off a sailboat this afternoon. Several marine and land units were dispatched to an area just ...

Detroit man dies after rescuing friend on Lake Erie
The Oakland Press Wed, 24 Jun 2009 09:01 AM PDT LUNA PIER, Mich. (AP) â The U.S. Coast Guard says a Detroit man has died while rescuing a friend from a dangerous current on Lake Erie near the Michigan-Ohio border.

Rescue boats find no sign of kayak or canoe reported to be in trouble
The Kansas City Star Wed, 24 Jun 2009 17:18 PM PDT Rescue boats were called out this evening after someone reported seeing two people in a kayak or canoe who appeared to be in distress on the Missouri River as thunderstorms rolled in. The watercraftâs location was reported to be near the Wheeler Downtown Airport. Three rescue boats searched the river between the Chouteau Bridge and the airport, but found nothing. With lightning posing a hazard,.

Boat Fires

One injured in boat explosion
Georgetown News Democrat - Georgetown, OH, USA Fultz was putting his boat into the river just north of the William Harsha Bridge with Maysville Marine part owner Joe Brewer when the boat exploded, ...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

The lead story today is lightning. Sunday, my wife and I took our 12 foot rowboat out on American lake to go fishing and just drift around enjoying the fine weather. After about two hours the weather began to change, and it suddenly clouded over with low dark clouds and the wind picked up. Then lightning began flashing in the distance. We immediately headed for shore. As stated in the following report if you are out there in a small boat the best thing is to get to shore and haul the boat out. But the first and foremost lesson is to keep an eye on the sky. Watch for changes in the weather and act sooner rather than later. Carrying a radio and listening to the weather channels is good but they do not always report local conditions where you may be. So read the article and heed the advice.

Another story: Back in 1980 I was sailing with my son on a reservoir in Utah that was surrounded by high mountains. One minute it was clear and sunny with a light breeze, and the next big thunder clouds came over the top of the moutains and lightning was striking all around us. I quickly dropped sail, started the outboard and headed for shore. I told my son to hang onto the boat (it is a wood boat) beacuse the wind was beginning to gust strongly. He mistakenly grabbed a wire shroud. Lighnting struck several miles away, but it still gave him a really nasty static shock. We made it to shore safely.

The lesson is, don't touch anything conductive. Static builds up in the atmosphere when lightning is around. It will discharge to ground (the water), through you. In this case it was no worse than getting a shock off a door knob, but it pays to be careful.

Lightning safety awareness week runs June 21-27 - USA It is crucial to listen to the weather on a boat. If thunderstorms are forecast, don't go out. If you are out on the water and skies are threatening, ...

Boating safety class begins Tuesday
The Sand Mountain Reporter Mon, 22 Jun 2009 17:15 PM PDT The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer its Boating Skills and Seamanship course at the Guntersville Public Library. The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliaryâs Boating Skills and Seamanship course is a comprehensive course designed for both the experienced and the novice boater.

Boater safety certificate exam available online
Albany Herald On-line - Albany, GA, USA ATLANTA - Georgia residents now have access to an animated and narrated online boater education course that will allow them to obtain a Georgia Boating ...

Officers set to step up patrols for drunk boaters
Laconia Citizen - Laconia, NH, USA By HARRISON HAAS Marine Patrol officers will be stepping up patrols aimed at getting drunk boaters off the state's waterways this weekend. ...

Boaters face 'Operation Dry Water' this weekend -
Willoughby, OH, USA By Jeffrey L. Frischkorn Local boaters who want to down a brew or two or three this weekend may be met with increased law enforcement vigilance. ...

Coast Guard, national boating group target drunken boaters -
St. Petersburg, FL, USA Beginning this weekend, Operation Dry Water will seek out impaired boaters in 43 states or territories, including Florida. While a cooler filled with beer ...

DNR to crack down on drunken boaters this weekend
Fond du Lac Reporter Tue, 23 Jun 2009 08:35 AM PDT MADISON Conservation wardens and boat patrol officers plan to step up enforcement of drunken boating this weekend in Wisconsin. The Department of Natural Resources says it will participate in a nationally-coordinated effort called Operation Dry Water Friday through Sunday. DNR conservation wardens and municipal patrol officers will look for boat operators whose blood alcohol content exceeds the ...

Boating Safety Partners Advise Boaters to Be Prepared with Life ...
PR Newswire (press release) - New York, NY, USA If you do not have a life jacket for every member of the family to always wear while boating, the answer is no. The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) ...

Chicago DUI Lawyers » Blog Archive » DUI Alert: Wisconsin Steps Up ...
By James Fabbrini Our DUI Lawyers would like to remind everyone that drinking and boating, a common practice on the lake in the summer, can lead to drunk driving charges. Wisconsin, in particular, plans a heavy crackdown on all anyone drinking while ...Chicago DUI Lawyers -

Wall man charged with tampering with boating safety course records
Asbury Park Press Tue, 23 Jun 2009 09:49 AM PDT A 71-year-old boating safety instructor from Wall has been charged with tampering with public records, state police said.

Frazier noater rescues man, boy on log on the Allegheny River
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Mon, 22 Jun 2009 21:02 PM PDT A Frazer boater enjoying the Allegheny River on Monday afternoon was startled when he saw a man and three boys float past clinging to a log.

Boater missing from overturned canoe
The Register Citizen Mon, 22 Jun 2009 05:41 AM PDT WASHINGTON - Area officials are responding to reports of an overturned canoe in Bee Brook as well as a missing boater, initial reports state.

One dead in yachting accident off Corsica
AFPAJACCIO, France (AFP) — A British yacht ran aground a reef off the Corsican coast leaving one of a total of nine Spanish passengers dead and another injured ...

Coast Guard Recues Missing Boater
WMDT - Salisbury, MD, USA By WMDT STAFF -- WMDT 6/22/2009 The Coast Guard rescued a missing boater in Onancock early Monday morning. The victims friend called authorities when he ...

Storm-fueled mishaps injure sailors
The Salem News - Beverly, MA, USA Two experienced sailors who have competed together for years both were struck by the sailboat's boom, suffering head injuries, according to the Beverly ...

Mass. Officials Pull Off 3 Cape Water Rescues
WBZ - Boston, MA, USA A few hours later, two men were found clinging to their sailboat after it wrecked on the Hyannisport jetty. Barnstable police were able to save the men and ...

5 People Rescued After Boat Capsizes On Utah Lake, One Still Missing
FOX 13 Utah Tue, 23 Jun 2009 04:28 AM PDT Five people are rescued after a boat capsizes in Utah Lake. However, one person is still missing as of Tuesday morning. Six people set sail out of American Fork Harbor headed to Provo Harbor when a wave capsized the boat around 5:45 Monday afternoon. After three hours in the water one man was able to get out and call 911. Three helicopters, 10 boats and a plane have helped in the rescue efforts ...

Bossier City woman killed in Natchitoches boating accident
The Shreveport Times Tue, 23 Jun 2009 11:28 AM PDT A flat bottom aluminum boat with the two occupants hit a bridge piling, sending both into Cane River.

Three rescued after their boat capsizes near Bay Bridge
Baltimore Sun - United States AP STEVENSVILLE - Three people were rescued from the Chesapeake Bay after the wake from a passing freighter came over their boat's stern, causing it to ...

Attorney: Alcohol Played No Role In Boating Accident -
Omaha, NE, USA The attorney for a man accused in a fatal boating accident said alcohol had no impact in the incident, despite the man's blood-alcohol level being tested at ...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

National Safe Boating Council reminds boaters to 'Wear It!'
White Lake Beacon - Whitehall, MI, USA WASHINGTON, DC — The National Safe Boating Council is promoting boating safety and life jacket safety by encouraging boaters to “Wear It! ...

Operation Dry Water to Target BUI Boaters June 26-28
Southern Maryland Online - MD, USA ANNAPOLIS (June 21, 2009) -- A new national program called Operation Dry Water seeks to keep intoxicated boaters off of national waterways. ...

Alcohol abuse rises on Tennessee waters
The Tennessean - Nashville, TN, USA By Nicole Young • THE TENNESSEAN • June 21, 2009 Pam mckellar lost her 18-year-old niece in an alcohol-related boating accident on Old Hickory Lake four ...

Boating Under the Influence (press release) - USA Florida law treats the crime of Boating under the Influence (BUI) quite similarly to the crime of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). ...

Coast Guard joins effort to crack down on drunk boaters in Keys
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 10:01 AM PDT The Coast Guard will be teaming up with state and Monroe County officials in the Florida Keys to make sure boaters don't overdo it on the water this weekend.

State Park Officials Warn of CO Danger
FOX 13 Utah Mon, 22 Jun 2009 11:28 AM PDT Carbon monoxide poisoning is likely what caused two people camping in Cache County over the weekend to die. State park officials have started a campaign to warn people about the hazards of carbon monoxide in recreation settings. The odorless gas is especially dangerous to boaters as it can accumulate on the surface of the water near swimmers. Boat owners are encouraged to get regular tuneups and ...

One dead as boat capsizes in Ohio River
Huntington Herald Dispatch - Huntington, WV, USA(AP) — A capsized boat in the Ohio River has left one man dead and rescue crews are searching for another missing boater. Parkersburg Fire Capt. ...

Off-Duty Nat. Resources Officer Rescues Boaters
WJZ - Baltimore, MD, USA He called the NRP Communication Center and informed them off the observation, then proceeded to the nearest patrol boat station located at the Chesapeake ...

One missing after boating crash
Port Huron Times Herald - Port Huron, MI, USA The US Coast Guard is searching Lake St. Clair for a Chesterfield Township man who went missing after a boating crash about 1:30 am Rescue crews responded ...

Missing boater located, safe
New England Cable News Sun, 21 Jun 2009 15:45 PM PDT (NECN: Mattapoisett Harbor, Mass.) - The Coast Guard was searching for a 22-foot bayliner off Mattapoisett Harbor on Sunday. The bayliner rescued a person from a party boat, but was unaccounted for on Sunday afternoon, as the Coast Guard was unable to confirm that it made it back to shore. Upon arriving at his house, Libert called the Coast Guard at 4:40 p.m. to report he was safe and sound. ...

Four fishermen rescued after boat overturns -
New Bedford, MA, USA By Curt Brown MATTAPOISETT — Four fishermen were rescued on Father's Day after being tossed into Nasketucket Bay when their boat was swamped at Cormorant ...

Boater Dies In Late Night, High Speed Crash
CBS 13 Sacramento Sun, 21 Jun 2009 15:31 PM PDT A man was killed in a late-night boating accident in Placer County, according to authorities. The Placer County Sheriff's Office says they received multiple calls late Saturday night reporting a high speed boat crash on Camp Far West Reservoir.

Boater Risks Life To Save Man In Jupiter Inlet
WPBF Palm Beach Sun, 21 Jun 2009 15:12 PM PDT A boater risks his life to save a complete stranger in the Jupiter Inlet.

Yacht freed from rocks in strait
BBC News - UK A yacht taking part in a race which combines sailing with climbing Britain's highest mountains became stuck in rocks off Anglesey.

Yacht-dodging ferry runs aground
BBC News - UK A high-speed ferry carrying 65 people ran aground off the Isle of Wight while avoiding yachts taking part in the annual Round the Island race. ...

Boater missing from overturned canoe
Torrington Register Citizen - Torrington, CT, USA WASHINGTON - Area officials are responding to reports of an overturned canoe in Bee Brook as well as a missing boater, initial reports state. ...

Boater Missing On Damariscotta Lake
WCSH-TV - Portland, ME, USA JEFFERSON (NEWS CENTER)--Wardens are in Jefferson, along Damriscotta Lake in Lincoln County looking for a missing boater. Wardens say that two boaters have ...

Coast Guard uses Facebook to locate boater; saves thousands in tax ...
By cgnews Eastport, Maine – Coast Guard Sector Northern New England was searching early this morning for a possible overdue fisherman out of Cobscook Park in Eastport.Coast Guard News -

Coast Guard Rescues Family Of Bogue Inlet
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 09:58 AM PDT The Coast Guard says a family of four has been rescued from a sinking boat off North Carolinaâs Bogue Inlet after several radio calls for help were lost.

Man stranded on his sailboat near Point Conception
KSBY - San Luis Obispo, CA, USA A 47-foot motor lifeboat from the Coast Guard station in Morro Bay towed the sailboat to Coho Anchorage in Santa Barbara.

Coast Guard Gets Help From Brazilian Navy to Rescue a Disabled ... -
Tampa, FL, USA The crew of a disabled sailboat was assisted by the Brazilian navy ship, Cisne Branco. The crew of three on the sailboat was helped on Wednesday. ...

Lincoln man injured severely in boat accident
Lincoln Journal Star Mon, 22 Jun 2009 08:07 AM PDT A 42-year-old Lincoln man ended up with severe injuries after a boating accident Sunday night at Branched Oak Lake.

Missing yacht found empty in middle of Atlantic
CNews Mon, 22 Jun 2009 12:00 PM PDT A French yacht that had two people on board has been found empty and floating in the middle of the Atlantic.

No injuries reported in yacht fire
Daily Pilot Mon, 22 Jun 2009 10:36 AM PDT A few boat owners got a morning surprise Thursday when they saw smoke coming from a neighboring boat, officials said.

Woman Killed, Another Seriously Injured in Boat Accident
KPTM-TV - Omaha, NE, USA The pair were riding on a tube being pulled by a boat. 30-year-old Todd Spangler was cited for boating under the influence. There is no word yet on what ...

2 survive after boat goes over dam in SE Iowa
Chicago Tribune - United States MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa - Authorities say two people swam to safety after their boat stalled and then floated backwards over a dam in Mount Pleasant. ...

Coast Guard rescues two fishermen from sinking boat - Portland, OR, USA By BILL GALLAGHER for Coast Guard rescue crews managed to save two fishermen whose 36-foot boat was taking on water just 1000 yards from where the ...

3 Rescued From Chesapeake After Boat Capsizes
Washington Post - United States Three people who were clinging to two Igloo coolers to stay afloat after their boat capsized were rescued from the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday night after ...

One killed during boat race - Kansas City Star
CREVE COEUR, Mo. A Texas man has died after losing control of his drag boat while racing on a St. Louis-area lake.Kansas City Star: Sports -

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

Safety boat volunteers sought for swim
DeSoto Sun Fri, 19 Jun 2009 21:33 PM PDT Under an agreement reached with the U.S. Coast Guard, the organizer of the annual July 4 Freedom Swim is soliciting sober volunteers to operate safety boats to assist fatigued swimmers.

Sailing program for youth launched in Belfast - Bangor Daily News
The Come Boating organization's Youth Sailing Program is for beginning sailors, although lessons are available for advanced youth sailors as well. Classes will be taught by U.S. Sail-certified small-boat sailing instructors, > News -

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department notes drop in boating fatalities - USA In the same time period last year, 31 Texas boaters died. "It's not clear why we are seeing a drop in fatal accidents, but it is certainly welcome news," ...

Lake Tahoe boaters told: Prepare for cold waters
Pahrump Valley Times - Pahrump, NV, USA LAKE TAHOE -- As boating season heats up in Northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe water temperatures hover in the low- to mid-60s, prompting officials to remind ...

BoaterExam Launches Interactive Boater Education Course in 37 States
PR Newswire (press release) - New York, NY, USA COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- It's been more than a year in the making, but 37 states recently made the new BoaterExam interactive boater ...

Colorado River states join together for Operation Dry Water - USA “They impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.” Operation Dry Water at a national level is meant to promote awareness about local ...

Boating and drinking laws strengthen
Steamboat Pilot - Steamboat Springs, CO, USA Lehman said the new law gives rangers more leeway in determining whether a boater is intoxicated. Rangers at local parks said boating under the influence ...

State has had four boating fatalities
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune Sun, 21 Jun 2009 07:10 AM PDT Be careful out there. Four boaters have been killed this year and there have been 13 nonfatal accidents, including six boat-on-boat collisions, in Minnesota. Just last week near Willmar, a boater fell out of his craft while it was running, and he had to swim to shore.

Ethanol mandate worries boater
Sunshine Coast Daily Sun, 21 Jun 2009 07:06 AM PDT OwenThomas, 72, lives at Marcus Beach and almost every day takes his pride and joy, his tinny, for a spin on the water. However, he fears his days of fancy free boating could be numbered.

Bell's Point boater is little bit buzzy -
USA Boaters caught drinking and boating in Ontario face the same penalties as those for drinking and driving. - Three day driver's license suspension if caught ...

Boater rescues passengers on stricken vessel
HeraldNet - Everett, WA, USA By David Chircop EVERETT -- A boater rescued three passengers this morning from another vessel that was taking on water near Naval Station Everett. ...

Plano 12-year-old dies in boating accident
Plano Courier Fri, 19 Jun 2009 23:48 PM PDT A 12-year-old Plano boy died after being run over by a boat while attending a Boy Scout troop outing on Lake Lavon Saturday. Gary Collins, a game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife, said John Potanka and another boy were being towed behind a boat on a tube.

No injuries reported in yacht fire
Daily Pilot Sat, 20 Jun 2009 05:13 AM PDT A few boat owners got a morning surprise Thursday when they saw smoke coming from a neighboring boat, officials said.

Two injured after hydroplane boat crash at Hydrofest on Onondaga Lake
The Post-Standard - - Syracuse, NY, USA by John Stith and Robert A. Baker / The Post-Standard Lauren Long / The Post-Standard Crew members work on a boat damaged during Hydrofest today, ...

Woman in intensive care after boat crash
The Newark Advocate - Newark, OH, USA BUCKEYE LAKE — A Lancaster woman is in intensive care after the boat she was riding in crashed repeatedly into a dock at Buckeye Lake Yacht Club early this ...

Report: Boat drivers inebriated
2TheAdvocate - Baton Rouge, LA,USA By KORAN ADDO NEW ROADS — Operators of both 18-foot ski boats involved in a crash on False River the night of May 16, killing three Baton Rouge men and ...

Accident leaves one dead, one missing
Parkersburg News and Sentinel Sat, 20 Jun 2009 21:06 PM PDT BELPRE - The search for a missing boater will resume at 9 a.m. today in the Ohio River following a boating accident which claimed the life of a Parkersburg man late Saturday afternoon in the area between Civitan Park and Blennerhassett Island. Details remained sketchy, and at times contradictory Saturday night, but Wood County Coroner Mike St.

Boater Hits Car In Lake Washington
KIRO 7 Seattle-Tacoma Sat, 20 Jun 2009 20:16 PM PDT A boater got a surprise in Lake Washington Saturday.

Boater Missing in Lake St. Clair
WXYZ - Detroit, MI, USA Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel says none of the boaters were wearing life jackets. Rescue teams are searching the area by air and water in hopes of ...

Body believed to be man missing in Lake St. Clair
22 WSBT South Bend Sun, 21 Jun 2009 11:20 AM PDT ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) â Authorities have found what they believe is the body of a man who disappeared after a boating accident in Lake St. Clair.

American Lake boater fined $343 for collision that injured kayaker -
Tacoma, WA, USA... the collision as a hit-and-run but later determined the fisherman who reported finding the boy unconscious in the water was the boater who'd hit him. ...

Emergency rescuers aid boater on Huron River
The Ann Arbor News - - Ann Arbor, MI, USA by From staff reports Several Washtenaw County fire departments were called to the Huron River near Zeeb Road to help a boater in distress Saturday ...

Coast Guard searching for owner of kayak washed ashore in Rhode Island
7 News Boston Sun, 21 Jun 2009 09:33 AM PDT NARRAGANSETT, R.I. -- The U.S. coast guard is searching for the owner of a kayak found washed up on a beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Two suffer carbon monoxide poisoning on Fish Lake
The Salt Lake Tribune Sat, 20 Jun 2009 22:53 PM PDT An elderly man and his grandson were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in Sevier County on Saturday, after they pulled a cover over their boat to escape the rain on Fish Lake.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Boating Safety and Accident News

June 26-28 Operation Dry Water.
"Curbing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities is a key to achieving safer and more enjoyable recreational boating. In 2007, Coast Guard statistics indicate that 21% of all boating fatalities were a result of alcohol use. This continues an upward trend in the percentage of fatalities where alcohol was the primary cause of the accident. "

Boating safety class begins Tuesday
Sand Mountain Reporter - Albertville, AL, USA The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer its Boating Skills and Seamanship course at the Guntersville Public Library. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary's Boating ...

Safety is key to rewarding boating season
Worcester Telegram & Gazette Fri, 19 Jun 2009 08:42 AM PDT Death on the water undercuts the joy of every boating season. Too many immature boaters - and that has nothing to do with age - get into their crafts having undergone a reverse mental metamorphosis. You know the ones who think boating is strictly playtime, a moment for neither rules, thought, nor responsibility. For them, the "S" word is never safety.

Boating deaths rise
The Daily Mining Gazette Fri, 19 Jun 2009 07:48 AM PDT LANSING - A new report says boating deaths in Michigan last year reached a six-year high, with 36 fatalities reported. The Michigan Association of Insurance Agents said in its annual report the 36 deaths in 2008 is up from 35 the year before and the most since 2002, when 38 deaths were reported. Boating accidents also increased last year, to 201 from 193 reported in 2007.

Boating Fatalities Down as Spring Turns to Summer - Jesse's ...
By TX P&W RSS Feed AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials have noted a drop in boating fatalities after a rash of accidents in March signaled.Jesse's Hunting & Outdoors Forum -

NC law may effect SC boaters on Lake Wylie
WBTV Charlotte Thu, 18 Jun 2009 14:56 PM PDT LAKE WYLIE, SC (WBTV) A new boating bill in the North Carolina state House might make it tougher for them to hit the waves in the future. The bill would force anyone born in 1984 or later to take special boater education classes to operate any vessel with 10 or more horsepower.

Buy a boat sticker or pay $100 fine, it's your choice
Lake County Record-Bee - Lakeport, CA, USA Effective immediately any boater who is on the lake and doesn't have a current sticker will receive a citation from the LCSO Boat Patrol. ...

Stay sober at the helm
Soundings Fri, 19 Jun 2009 06:48 AM PDT Operation Dry Water is a coordinated, national weekend of boating under the influence (BUI) detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities and fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.

Colorado River boaters (who drink) beware Operation Dry Water
Los Angeles Times - CA, USA Summer is at hand and the Colorado River, long a favored party spot for boaters, is becoming increasingly crowded. But the era in which boaters could freely ...

State Marine Law Enforcement Officials Crack Down on Boating Under ...
Duluth Weekly - Duluth, GA, USA Alcohol can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion ...

Staying safe on the lake: Boaters, swimmers should be wary of ...
McDuffie Mirror - Thomson, GA, USA In some cases, such offenders can lose their license for up to a year, have to pay a hefty fine and ordered to attend boater safety class. ...

Additional sailing school spots available
Business Examiner Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:54 AM PDT others also read... Because of the terrific interest from Bowen families, BC Sailing has expanded our Mobile Optimist Sailing School (hosted by the Bowen Island Yacht Club from June 29 â July 3) so that we can have more boats, an additional instructor, and register eight more students.

Injured boater rescued by Clinton firefighters
The Middletown Press Thu, 18 Jun 2009 20:29 PM PDT CLINTON Rescuers from five agencies in four communities searched Long Island Sound for an injured person in an adrift vessel Tuesday night before Clinton Volunteer Fire Department members found the boat 1.5 miles offshore near Meigs Point at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.

Boater who seriously injured teen kayaker gets $343 ticket -
Tacoma, WA,USA Under state law, boaters are required to operate their vessels “so as not to unduly or unreasonably endanger life, limb, property or other rights of any ...

3 Rescued From Boat In Everett Harbor
KIRO 7 Seattle-Tacoma Fri, 19 Jun 2009 07:46 AM PDT EVERETT, Wash. -- A Good Samaritan and the Coast Guard rescued three people from a boat that was taking on water in Everett Harbor Friday morning. The boat later capsized at the mouth of the Snohomish River.

Father dies in boating accident
Parker Chronicle Fri, 19 Jun 2009 09:41 AM PDT A fun day on the lake turned tragic for a family in Parker after a fatal boating accident.

Driver in boat collision legally drunk
2TheAdvocate - Baton Rouge, LA,USA By KORAN ADDO NEW ROADS — The boat driver who died along with two friends in a collision on False River last month was legally drunk at the time,

Tom Brady Rescued After Kayaking Accident
Celebuzz - Hollywood, CA, USA Local schoolteacher Robin Leeds, who fished Brady out of the drink, recalls, "We were tying up our boat to a buoy and the boat boy came over and said, ...

Boat Fires

Houseboat destroyed on Table Rock Lake
The Springfield News-Leader Fri, 19 Jun 2009 01:02 AM PDT A houseboat was destroyed by a fire and explosion Thursday on Table Rock Lake, the Missouri Water Patrol said.

Boating Safety News

Boating Regulations

Several Years ago a person posted an article on a boating web site. It was called "Regulationss You Should Know" but was full of misleading and some plainly false information. I posted a rebuttal to it but for some reason it was never posted to the thread, but the original post was removed. I made a complete analysis of his post because I spent many years in the USCG Office of Boating Safety responding to this type of myth building. Unfortunately many of the things the author stated are passed on and believed not just by boat owners, but also by many marine professionals.

Recently this same information has shown up on some web sites. It is the exact same article. Here is my respones to this post.

After reading the article, "Regulations you should know", I have to respond. This article disturbs me because it makes the claim that this is all the law. This entire document is a mix of regulation, accepted industry standards, state laws and common sense. Consumers confuse what is a law or regulation and what is not. But when a professional does this, it needs to be clarified.

Laws and regulations can be confusing in themselves because there are Federal laws and regulations, state laws, and local ordinances, which must be complied with by the owner and/or the boat manufacturer. Additionally, regulations for recreational boats and for commercial passenger carrying vessels are different and often confused.

Federal regulations for recreational boats are for the most part in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The regulations are divided into requirements for operators of boats and requirements for manufacturers of boats. The operator requirements are Title 33 CFR Subchapter P. Part 173-178. The manufacturer requirements are in Title 33 CFR Parts 179-183. However, the flame arrestor, fire extinguisher, and operator ventilation requirements are in 46 CFR. This causes more confusion because generally 46 CFR applies to commercial vessels, not recreational boats. The Coast Guard is moving these to 33 CFR but how long that will take is anybody's guess. Manufacturer requirements do not apply to operators, but there are overlaps such as ventilation which is both an operator and manufacturer requirement. The regulations are further divided into those for recreational boats and those for passenger carrying vessels.

Also confusing the issue are accepted industry standards published by various organizations. These standards are not law. They are voluntary and almost always stricter than the law. Most of these standards are aimed at the boat manufacturers, repairers and service personnel, and not the boat owner, although the owner would be advised to follow them. Three of the best known of these organizations are the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). ABYC is the standard that boat builders follow, but many of their standards are derived in conjunction with SAE and NFPA, so knowledge of the standards published by all three is essential for a boat manufacturer, for surveyors and for people servicing boats.

Generally speaking, surveyors follow the standards published by ABYC. Unfortunately they often don't make a distinction in their survey report between what is a law and what is a voluntary standard. In fact some simply say "It's a Coast Guard requirement" and leave it at that, which is untrue. Whether done deliberately or out of ignorance is no excuse.

The first statement about batteries is almost correct but not quite.

"1. Batteries - starting and storage batteries should be stored in liquid proof containers so that battery acid can not come in contact with aluminum or steel hulls. We all know what battery acid does to aluminum and steel. They must be secured so that they cannot move during a collision and covered so that they can not be accidentally shorted. Storage batteries must also be vented so that they can not build up dangerous level of hydrogen gases. NFPA 302 - ABYC - CFR 33 No more than 4 terminals attached to any one battery - NFPA 302 - ABYC - CFR 33"

The operative word here is should. Here is what the Federal Regulation says:

Sec. 183.420 Batteries.
(a) Each installed battery must not move more than one inch in any direction when a pulling force of 90 pounds or twice the battery weight, whichever is less, is applied through the center of gravity of the battery as follows:
(1) Vertically for a duration of one minute.
(2) Horizontally and parallel to the boat's center line for a duration of one minute fore and one minute aft.
(3) Horizontally and perpendicular to the boat's center line for a duration of one minute to starboard and one minute to port.
(b) Each battery must be installed so that metallic objects cannot come in contact with the ungrounded battery terminals.
(c) Each metallic fuel line and fuel system component within 12 inches and above the horizontal plane of the battery top surface as installed must be shielded with dielectric material.
(d) Each battery must not be directly above or below a fuel tank, fuel filter, or fitting in a fuel line.
(e) A vent system or other means must be provided to permit the discharge from the boat of hydrogen gas released by the battery.
(f) [Reserved]
(g) Each battery terminal connector must not depend on spring tension for its mechanical connection to the terminal.

Notice, it does not say how the battery should be constrained or how to prevent inadvertent contact by shielding it. A common method is to put the battery in a ventilated box. However, the Coast Guard does not require a box. The battery may be held with a strap or clamps and it can be shielded with boots on the terminals. It can also be in a tray that keeps it from moving and will hold any spillage.

Also, there is no mention of how many terminals can be connected to the battery. There is no requirement for this in the Electrical subpart (33CFR subpart I starting at 183.401). This is an NFPA requirement and an ABYC requirement. It is in NFPA 302 7-14.10 and in ABYC E-

Here is the NFPA wording for batteries. It does not say they have to be in a battery box. It allows for other means of compliance NFPA 302 says: in 302-7.3

"A vent system or other means shall be provided to allow the discharge from the boat of hydrogen gas released by the battery. Battery boxes with a cover that forms a pocket over the battery shall be vented."
"Batteries shall be secured to provide immobilization to the extent practicable."
"Batteries shall be located in a liquid tight tray or battery box of adequate capacity to retain normal spillage or boilover of electrolytes. The tray shall be constructed of or lined with materials resistant to deterioration by the electrolytes."
"A non conductive, perforated cover or other means shall be provided to prevent accidental shorting of the ungrounded battery terminals and cell conductors."

ABYC says similar things. Standards for batteries are found in ABYC E-10. No where does it say they must be in a battery box and it provides alternative means to comply. Obviously the easiest way of meeting these requirements is a battery box, but it is not required and it is not a regulation.

2. Horns - if your boat is over 32 feet in length you must have a sound powered warning device that can be heard at a minimum of ½ mile away. A trumpet style horn will fulfill this requirement. CFR 33
3. Bells - if your boat is over 32 feet in length you must have a ships bell that is a minimum of 6.5" in diameter.

CFR 33 For both horns and bells the length is 39 feet 4 and ½ inches (12 meters)

6. Anchor - Yes, I know we don't use them much on Lake Cumberland or other deep lakes, but they are still a requirement of CFR 33 - I suggest as a minimum you would need a Hooker #22, 8 feet of 3/8" galvanized chain and 200 to 300 feet of 5/8" three stand nylon rope. Most house boaters already have the rope we use to tie up with when we "cove out" so all you need is the anchor and chain. The chain is $15 at the hardware store and the Hooker #22 is $50 at Boat US. It may not be the perfect storm anchor but it can help keep you off the rocks until help comes.

This is a completely erroneous statement. Nowhere in the Federal Regulations for recreational boats is there a requirement to carry an anchor. Many states require an anchor. But it is not a Federal requirement. Boat owners can find out what the state regulations are on the internet by going to the state Boating Law Administrators web site. Go to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators site (NASBLA) and find the link to your state

7. Signal Flares - If your boat is over 16ft long - you are required to have at a minimum three hand held flares and the service dates must not be expired. If you have some that are out of date then keep them and use them first in an emergency..... .then use the newer flares after the out of date ones. CFR 33

This is incorrect. There are alternative visual distress signals you may carry. Additionally there is a difference between distress signals you may carry in the daytime and at night. It is too lengthy to explain here so I will just give a link to a page on the Coast Guard Boating Safety web site that explains it thoroughly.

8. Exterior AC sockets - all exterior AC 115 volt electrical sockets must be weather protected with spring loaded weather proof covers and they must be GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protected. NFPA 302 The same holds true for AC sockets within 3 feet of a water source - galley and heads included.

This is not a regulation. This is a NFPA requirement and the GFCI portion of it is also an ABYC requirement. It is required by the surveyor to pass the survey. But it is not a regulation and not a violation of law.

9. Generator discharge - If you have a generator and it discharges under the swim platform or any cavity where Carbon Monoxide can be trapped - the discharge must be changed to discharge out the side of the vessel. - no exceptions - no excuses. Failure on the boat owner's part to have this repaired or retrofitted would subject the owner to criminal penalty. Knowing and Willful violation - Wrongful death these sound familiar ? ABYC - CFR 3

This is not true. A few years ago the Coast Guard directed specific manufacturers to do a recall on houseboats with rear swim platforms. It was limited to a certain number of manufacturers, not all houseboat manufacturers. Plus that, it is not in the CFR, although 33 CFR part 179 contains procedures for defect notification. It is a requirement that the manufacturer make the correction. It is not a requirement for the boat owner. In fact the boat owner is within his rights to refuse the correction. It is definitely a good idea to get it done, but no owner is breaking the law by not doing this. However, if an accident occurs and you are sued this could certainly be seen as negligence by a court, but it is not a criminal violation. The author is right that it could bring about a wrongful death law suit in civil court.

If a boat owner has one of the boats involved, and has not received a notice from the manufacturer then they should immediately contact them. You can find out if your boat is included by going to the Coast Guard web site for recalls, typing in the name of your manufacturer and looking up any recalls. You can find this on BOAT/US site

10. Carbon Monoxide detector - Smoke and Fire Detectors. If you have a generator or fossil fuel fired marine engines and you own the boat as of July 1st 2003 you must have a Carbon monoxide detector. CFR 33 - ABYC It must be functional - not disconnected! If your boat has a sleeping quarters - you must have a smoke and fire detector I suggest one in each of the sleeping quarters as a minimum.

This is not a Federal Requirement. ABYC standard, A-24, requires manufacturers to install Carbon Monoxide detectors. This is a manufacturer requirement, is voluntary and does not apply to boat owners. This is another thing that an owner should do. It is good commons sense on any boat with gasoline power or a gasoline powered generator. It does not apply to diesel powered boats or generators, but if it were my boat I would install them anyway.

11. Fire Extinguishers - NFPA 302 10-1.1 requires at least one 4A:30B: Class B2 fire extinguisher available in the machinery space. (engine compartment or generator area). NFPA 302 and USCG require fire extinguishers at each occupied level. Available fire extinguishers must be permanently mounted to be considered USCG - NFPA or ABYC compliant. NFPA 302 and USCG require all fire extinguisher and extinguisher systems to be inspected at least annually. This must be done to ensure the safety of the crew and passengers. (this inspection may be performed and documented on the equipment inspection tags by the vessel owner). Fire extinguishers (all) need to be inspected and recertified annually. Additional US Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers are required in each occupied level (lower cuddy's and upper berths) as well at each entrance/exit of the vessel, machinery spaces and in the galley NFPA 302 - ABYC - CFR 33.

Here the author is mixing requirements for recreational boats and requirements for commercial passenger carrying vessels. Recreational boats. The following is borrowed from the Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety Web site. The number of fire extinguishers required on a recreational boat are based on the overall length of the boat. The following chart lists the number of extinguishers that are required. In the case where a Coast Guard approved fire extinguishing system is installed for the protection of the engine compartment, the required number of units may be reduced in accordance with the chart. Minimum number of hand portable fire extinguishers required Vessel Length No Fixed System With approved Fixed Systems
Less than 26' 1 B-1 0
26' to less than 40' 2 B-1 or 1 B-II 1 B-I
40' to 65' 3 B-I or 1 B-II and 1 B-1 2 B-1 or 1 B-II

The pressure gauge alone is not an accurate indicator that Halon extinguishers are full. The weight of the units should be checked regularly. It is recommended that portable extinguishers be mounted in a readily accessible position. In fact the Federal Regulation for recreational boats does not even require that the fire extinguisher be mounted on a bracket. However, it is impractical to not have them mounted. The Federal Regulations do not require them to be inspected, but it is highly recommended. NFPA 302 does have these requirements. On vessels carrying passengers for hire the Federal Regulations are essentially the same as NFPA 302..

12. Lighting and Control Switches - must be labeled as to the function they serve.

This is not a Federal Regulation. This is an ABYC requirement for manufacturers. This is in E- and what it says is: Marking Marking of controls - All switches and electrical controls shall be marked to indicate their usage. Exception: A switch or electrical control whose purpose is obvious and whose mistaken operation will not cause a hazardous condition. So a light switch in a bedroom does not have to be marked because its function is obvious. But a switch to start the generator does. Some common sense has to be used here. You do not have to mark every switch on the boat. Switches that are at the helm station, or switches on an electrical panel or circuit breaker panel should be marked.

13. Rules of The Road - You must have a copy of the FRESH WATER - Rules of the road for inland seas and waterways on board if your boat is over 28 feet in length. CFR 33

The requirement for carrying this is in the Navigation Rules which are contained in 33 CFR. Part 88 Annex V - Pilot Rules. This is part of the Navigation Rules. § 88.05 Copy of Rules After January 1, 1983, the operator of each self-propelled vessel 12 meters or more in length shall carry on board and maintain for ready reference a copy of the Inland Navigation Rules. There are no FRESH WATER rules of the road and the length requirement is 12 meters, approximately 39' 4 1/2", not 28 feet. There are International Navigation Rules and Inland Navigation Rules. The distinction can be important because Inland rules can apply on saltwater bays and inlets. These are contained in the same document which can be purchased at any marine supply house, book store, from the Government Printing Office, or download them.

14. Do it yourself AC wiring - It is now illegal to use ROMEX or solid core electrical wire in boats - Many older boats are grand fathered provided it was wired that way at the factory - If you wired it in the last 10 years it must be done with stranded copper wire only. NFPA 302 - ABYC - CFR 33

This is really misleading. It is not illegal to wire your boat yourself and the requirement for stranded wire is a manufacturer requirement. 33 CFR 183.425 says "a) Each conductor must be insulated, stranded copper." It does not apply to boat owners. The Federal regulation is a manufacturer requirement and a requirement of both ABYC and NFPA. You will not pass a survey if you have Romex or other solid core wire, but it is not illegal for the owner. However the owner would be advised to use boat cable.

15. Engine compartment fume blowers and engine compartment bilge pumps must be operational. CFR 33 - NFPA 302 - ABYC

Huh? When did ventilation blowers and bilge pumps get lumped together? Ventilation blowers must be operational and sized to the volume of the compartment. They are required on all boats with permanently installed gasoline engines, if the engine has a cranking motor. Natural ventilation is required on all boats with permanently installed gasoline engines and has been since the Motor Boat Act of 1940. These requirements are in 33 CFR Subpart K that starts at 33 CFR 183.601. Ventilation is both a manufacturer requirement and an operator requirement

There is no Federal requirement for a bilge pump. NONE. ABYC does not require a bilge pump be installed. In H-22 Electric Bilge Pump Systems, there are requirements for the pumps, for their installation and location, but the standard specifically says "apply to all boats equipped with electric bilge pump systems". (the italics are mine) NFPA has no requirements for bilge pumps. Nowhere does it say you have to have one. Of course it is good common sense to have one.

SUMMARY: What the author really is saying is that these are requirements to pass his surveys (And I might add, just about any good marine survey). Granted all of these may be an issue that a surveyor should raise. But it is incumbent on any professional to get it right. The public soon loses faith in professionals if they find out they have been misled. If it is a requirement to pass the survey for insurance purposes, then say so, but don't tell them it's the law when they can easily pick up a phone, or look it up on the internet and find out it is not. If this is a condition and value survey, point out these issues, but again make sure you cite the right source and explain whether it is a regulation, or an accepted standard.