Boating Safety Is For Life

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boating News:

 Affidavit: "Missing" boater search cost over $50K
CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Jury selection will begin Tuesday for a Florence County man accused of faking his own death and leading the US Coast Guard on a false search in 2011. Harvey L. Cox was reported missing on January 18, 2011 after the South

 Boat fee free-for-all in Maryland
Delmarva Now
Boaters pull away from Sunset Marina in West Ocean City. Boat registration fees in Maryland will more than triple if a bill proposed by the Department of Natural Resources, aimed at raising money for projects, is passed by legislators.

 Salisbury Marina Live-Aboard Boaters Locked Out of Water Facilities Due to ...
It's a place to dock for traveling boaters. It is also home to some, who live aboard their vessels year-round. Those permanent dockers say they've been denied necessities like water for months. The marina's website boasts water hook-ups, bathroom and ...

 Group: Watch out for whales
Brunswick News
By NIKKI WILEY The Brunswick News As the North Atlantic right whale calving season approaches March, conservationists are reminding boaters off the coast of Georgia to be aware of the endangered mammal and the threats they face from humans.

 Alabama Coast Guard chopper crash: 1 dead, 3 missing
Detroit News Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:50 AM PST
Mobile, Ala.— A helicopter crashed in Alabama's Mobile Bay on a training mission, leaving one crewmember dead and three others missing, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. 

 Aquatic invasive species creeps into Flathead Lake
Bigfork Eagle Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:11 AM PST
Bigfork's Eagle Bend yacht harbor stands empty with a covering of winter snow and ice. Curleyleaf pondweed took over approximately 40 percent of the plant life in this harbor. 

 DPS boat with machine guns to patrol Rio Grande (updated)
Houston Chronicle (blog)
A boat to patrol the Rio Grande will now be named in his memory. The Texas Department of Public Safety is deploying a ferocious new boat to patrol the Rio Grande. The 34-foot long shallow “interceptor” craft will be outfitted with six machine guns ...

Boating Safety News:

 Harbor Happenings: Recreational Boaters of California Meeting at DPYC
Dana Point Times
by Barbara Merriman On the extra day in February, we will be celebrating Leap Year by leaping into a pile of information about events affecting the boating community. Recreational Boaters of California will be presenting the meeting Wednesday evening,

 Senate sends boating while under the influence bill to governor
The Statehouse File
Mitch Daniels a bill Tuesday that will make the state's boating while under the influence laws mirror those for driving. Senate Bill 154 – which passed the Senate unanimously – would create a Class C misdemeanor penalty for operating a motorboat while .

 The National Safe Boating Council Launches New Navigation Rules Website
SYS-CON Media (press release)
BRISTOW, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/29/12 -- The National Safe Boating Council [] (NSBC) officially launched this week, a website designed to help the recreational boater become more aware of the ...

 Lake Monroe Boating Accident Is Impetus For Stricter Laws
Indiana Public Media
A boating accident in 2010 that killed a woman and her grandson inspired Sen. Brent Steele to write a bill that imposed stricter boating laws. A bill that tightens the rules on boating safety standards is awaiting Governor Mitch Daniels' signature.

Boater Education:

 Boaters Safety Class in Milton
Santa Rosa Press Gazette Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:51 AM PST
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 1-8, Guardians of the Blackwater, in partnership with the City of Milton Fire Department, will offer About Boating Safely, their premier boater safety class at the City of Milton Fire Department on Saturday,... 

Crash survivor funds boating course
The Bay of Plenty Times
by Kiri Gillespie | Tuesday, February 28, 2012 16:01 A man who killed his friend and was left bloodied and battered after smashing his boat into a marker in the Tauranga Harbour is to put $3000 towards helping other boaties stay safe on the water.

Boating safety education course offered March 10
The Ironton Tribune Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:03 AM PST
FRANKLIN FURNACE â The Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft. 

 Boat Ed® to be Premier Supporter of the 2012 International Boating and Water Safety Summit
PRWeb Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:36 AM PST
Boat Ed®, an official provider of print and Internet boating safety courses, is the premier supporter of the International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS), held March 4-7, 2012, in San Diego, Calif. (PRWeb February 29, 2012) Read the full story at 

 Boating safety course planned for March
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
It will provide information on legal requirements, navigation rules, preventing personal watercraft and boating accidents, and new boating laws. Participants will receive a certificate from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources upon completion of


 KSLA: Search on for children of boater found dead
Today's THV
MCCURTAIN COUNTY, OK (KSLA) - It is now a recovery search for the last body of a father and his two sons who authorities say drowned while on the Little River in Oklahoma. Everett Hurley was a close friend to the victim Steve Lycklama and his two sons ...

Faulty seal may have led to boating deaths
ABC Online
A preliminary police report shows a faulty seal could have caused a boat capsize in the south-east of South Australia. Two people drowned in the capsize this month off Southend, local man Andrew Huppatz and a Mount Gambier woman.

Boating Accidents:

5 injured in yacht-club boat explosion
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Five people were injured when a boat exploded at the Port Orchard Yacht Club Monday afternoon. Salvage work was being done on a boat that sank on Sunday, said Guy Dalrymple with Kitsap Fire and Rescue. After salvage crews got the boat floating again ...

27-foot sailboat burns, sinks at Bellingham marina
The Seattle Times
A 27-foot sailboat burned and sank early Monday in its slip at the Port of Bellingham marina. The Associated Press No comments have been posted to this article. A 27-foot sailboat burned and sank early Monday in its slip at the Port of Bellingham ...

Boat runs aground on the jetty
The Daily Triplicate Mon, 27 Feb 2012 23:14 PM PST
Two sport crab anglers from Redding grounded their boat on the Crescent City jetty Thursday. Joe and Karen Freitas were boating back to the harbor after pulling their crab traps when the outboard motor failed on their 14-foot fishing boat. The couple attempted to row the boat back into the harbor, but they said the currents were too strong. 

 Charges filed in boating crash
Appleton Post Crescent
Jeffrey J. Gay, 48, of Coco Beach, Fla., was charged in Winnebago County Circuit Court Monday with second-degree reckless injury, intoxicated boating causing injury and causing injury while operating a boat with a prohibited alcohol concentration.

 Boat crash, rescue injures two on White River
Baxter Bulletin
A Saturday boat crash on the White River injured the driver of a boat and a first responder who helped in the rescue. Shortly after 9:30 am Saturday, an aluminum flat-bottomed boat with a 40-horsepower, jet-propelled outboard motor hit a 20-foot ..

 Jet ski rider cleared of dangerous driving
Perth Now Wed, 29 Feb 2012 01:17 AM PST
A MAN has been cleared of dangerous driving after he was accused of causing a jet ski crash on the Swan River that partially severed a young man's leg. 

 Sailboat saved from capsizing in marina
Saipan Tribune
AGAT, Guam-Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor assisted members of Guam Fire and Rescue in the salvage of a sailing vessel in Agat Marina, Wednesday. The Coast Guard received a call for assistance from the fire department reporting that ...

Monday, February 27, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Boaters support channel to provide Gulf access
Hernando Today
By CARL ORTH | The Suncoast News An online survey shows 80 boaters would use a channel with Gulf of Mexico access at the proposed Sunwest county park, according to Pasco Commissioner Jack Mariano. Mariano said Tuesday that he has shared the poll  

 Petition seeks better access to the Long Island Sound
Bridgeport News
Chris German, founder and executive director of Connecticut Community Boating, has launched a petition drive seeking greater access to the Long Island Sound. (John Kovach photo)Standing at the Birdseye boat launch in Stratford, Chris German recalled .

 Mussel-infested boats stopped in N. Idaho
The Seattle Times
Opening a mandatory boat inspection station on Interstate 90 near Wallace in northern Idaho six weeks early stopped two boats carrying invasive mussels from the Great Lakes, officials say. The Associated Press No comments have been posted to this ...

 Boaters Gang Up on LightSquared
TV Technology
WASHINGTON: The boating public is lining up against LightSquared, if comments on the latest Federal Communications Commission public notice are any indication. “I'm sure my wife wants me dead; why do you? Please don't interfere with the GPS signal so ...

 BoatUS: Speak up about GPS interference by March 1
Boating Industry
The FCC announced plans to revoke approval for the LightSquared network in mid-February, but BoatUS said in a statement that “we aren't out of the woods yet on navigation systems concerns” and boaters should continue to send comments to the FCC.

 RI Senate to host economic summit on state's ports
Boston Globe Mon, 27 Feb 2012 04:07 AM PST
The Rhode Island Senate is looking for ways to improve the state's waterfront economy. The Senate has scheduled an economic summit Monday in North Kingstown. The meeting will focus on how bolstering the state's shipping and boat building industries might help the overall economy.

Boating Safety News:

 Squadron set to sail
Chatham Daily News Sat, 25 Feb 2012 20:56 PM PST
The Chatham chapter of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron is hoping to become more active in the local boating community. Existing yet dormant in recent years, the non-profit organization offers safety courses and other resources.[...]

Ask Fish & Wildlife: Can my child operate a personal watercraft or motorboat?
Bellingham Herald
State regulations require that the operator of a personal watercraft be 14 years of age or older and have a Boating Safety Education Card. There is no other age requirement in state law, but several counties do have age restrictions for motorized

Know your knots and learn your lines
The News-Press
Knots are an essential part of boating and every boater should have a good understanding of how to secure knots — those for movement and those used to tie ropes together. Lines are made of manila, cotton, sisal, nylon, polyester, polypropylene, 

Boating Safety: Nothing to Laugh At
ChicagoNow (blog)
However, have you completed a boater safety course? It would be a safe assumption that at least 8 out of 10 boaters have never taken a safety course. If you sit and think about it this is a scary number. Imagine you are at one of the large boat ramps ..

 Bill on boating hit-and-run stalls in Senate
Salt Lake Tribune
Richard Greenwood introduced legislation that would impose tougher penalties on boaters who leave the scene of an accident. Greenwood's bill passed the House without a single “no” vote, but now he can't get a Senate hearing on this and his other bills, .

Boater Education:

Boating course
Wicked Local
This course is directed to the first-time boater and as a review for the more experienced boater. Subjects to be covered include: Which Boat Is For You?; Equipment For Your Boat; Trailering Your Boat: Boat Handling; Highway Signs; Rules of the Road;

 Boating education course set for March
Coshocton Tribune Sun, 26 Feb 2012 07:53 AM PST
An Ohio boating education course will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3 at the Three Rivers Fire District Station. 

Boating safety program hits milestone
Tacoma News Tribune Sun, 26 Feb 2012 00:34 AM PST
The Washington State Boating Programs has reached a milestone in its mandatory boater education program, issuing its 100,000th card earlier this month. 

Boating course
Norwell Mariner Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:58 PM PST
A Boating Skills and Seamanship Course, offered by Flotilla 12-5 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, will take place on Sundays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning March 18, at Metropolitan Yacht Club, 39 Vinedale Road, Braintree. Fee for the course, including materials, is $50. 

 To Offer Free Boating Safety Course
North Country Gazette
By North Country Gazette On February 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment ALBANY– The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's Marine Services Bureau announces a free boating safety course offered during school vacation week.

 Tough penalties stall for drunken boaters, snowmobilers, ATVers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin wardens say that when they pull over drunken snowmobilers or boaters, often the first question is whether the citation will affect their driver's licenses. Tim Fiocchi, clerk of the Assembly Transportation Committee, said some committee


Swimmer hit by jet ski dies
Daily Telegraph Sun, 26 Feb 2012 05:00 AM PST
A MAN hit by a jet ski at Port Melbourne beach on Friday afternoon has died of severe head injuries in hospital. 

 Berkeley Co. officials find body of missing boater
The Berkeley County Coroner's Office identified a body found Saturday morning as Michael Muse, one of two boaters who went missing two weeks ago. The 28-year-old St. Stephen man was found by Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies and Department of Natural ...

 Fisherman dies 'going after boat'
BBC News
The alarm was raised when an unlit boat, based in Ramsgate, was spotted at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, drifting seven miles off Herne Bay. The body of a man, understood to have tried to retrieve the Devon-registered boat, was recovered by Whitstable .

 Boating Accident Leaves Man Dead, Children Missing
(KTUL-TV) McCurtain County - An apparent drowning on Little River has left a McCurtain County man dead -- and his two children are missing, officials said Monday. Authorities said the man, who has not yet been identified, took his children fishing when ...

 Man's body found near river year after boating accident
Madison Courier
13, 2010, Hearn and two friends were involved in a boating mishap while waterfowl hunting on the Ohio River near Florence. Hearn was presumed lost in the river as a result of that incident. The clothing on the body matches that which Hearn was reported ...

Boating Accidents:

 Coast Guard rescues woman who fell from sailboat near Skyway Bridge
St. Petersburg Times Sat, 25 Feb 2012 14:43 PM PST
Times staff Saturday, February 25, 2012 ST. PETERSBURG â The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a woman who fell from a sailboat Saturday afternoon west of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The unidentified woman fell from the boat about 4 p.m. and was stranded in the water for about 45 minutes, officials said. A caller to 911 reported a person in distress and emergency crews were dispatched to search the area 

NBC40 South Jersey Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:59 AM PST
BRIGANTINE -- A Coast Guard helicopter crew came to the aid of a 67-year-old man and his dog after their 12-foot skiff ran aground in waters off southern New Jersey this weekend.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Supreme Court takes case of Florida houseboat owner
Soundings Thu, 23 Feb 2012 18:31 PM PST
The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday agreed to hear the case of whether former Riviera Beach (Fla.) Marina tenant Fane Lozman's houseboat constitutes a "vessel" under maritime law. 

US Army Corps of Engineers tax boaters at the fuel pump while marina operators ...
BYM News (press release)
With gasoline prices on the rise, the travel, tourism, and recreational boating industry is very concerned about the negative affect the higher prices will have on the tourism business in Tennessee this year. “The cost of getting fuel to marinas is ..

Boating Safety News:

 Senate sends watercraft rentals bill to House
Jefferson City News Tribune
“There are people who come from states that don't have a boater safety license,” state Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, explained. “So, the underlying bill allows marinas to rent — one time in a customer's lifetime — a seven-day license for them to ...

Thoughts From the Bridge: Help Wanted, Signals, and Sad News
Newport Beach Independent Newspaper
Well first, I think that every boater should be required to read the United States Coast Guard's book “International-Inland Navigation Rules.” Reading this book, you will not only learn the navigation rules, but also, the sound signals.

Ramsey RNLI Lifeboat Volunteers Successfully Master Crucial Skills
Manxnet Fri, 24 Feb 2012 01:26 AM PST
Volunteer personnel from Ramsey RNLI Lifeboat Station have recently achieved qualifications in two intensive training courses, the RNLI Casualty Care Course and the RYA Yacht Master theory course.

Boater Education:

 DCSO Sets Mandatory Boater Education Classes
Implemented in stages since 2001, Oregon law requires Oregon residents 12-years-of-age and older who operate powered boats of more than 10-horsepower to obtain their Mandatory Boater Education card. Failure to have a card under the above conditions ...

 Group wants to expand Cape Cod sailing programs
Wicked Local
'Optis' are a popular single-handed sailboat used in youth sailing. Sail Cape Cod hopes to provide such programs for youth and others. By Anonymous Despite living so near the water, the majority of Cape Cod residents never actually get an opportunity 

 Boating education course set for March
Coshocton Tribune Fri, 24 Feb 2012 06:53 AM PST
An Ohio boating education course will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3 at the Three Rivers Fire District Station. 

 Power squadron offers mandatory course in West Caldwell Township
The Progress Fri, 24 Feb 2012 01:19 AM PST
WEST CALDWELL TWP. â Northern New Jersey Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) boating education organization, will offer a boating safety course at James Caldwel 

 Boater safety course at Lake Wallenpaupack
Pocono Record
A boating safety course will be offered from 9 am to 4 pm Saturday at PPL's Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Preserve in Hawley. Bob Plumb and Curt Tereschak, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and Meg Welker, PPL education and public outreach ...

 State boater safety courses scheduled
Finger Lakes Times
ROMULUS — The Seneca County Sheriff's Office has scheduled state boater safety courses for the year. The courses will be held March 24, April 28, May 19 and June 15. Each course will begin promptly at 8 am and conclude at 4 pm at the sheriff's ...

 Boating course
Norwell Mariner Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:58 PM PST
A Boating Skills and Seamanship Course, offered by Flotilla 12-5 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, will take place on Sundays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning March 18, at Metropolitan Yacht Club, 39 Vinedale Road, Braintree. Fee for the course, including materials, is $50.


Boater dies at hospital after capsizing
WPSD Local 6 Paducah Thu, 23 Feb 2012 18:59 PM PST
Rescue crews in Lake County, Tennessee, spent hours Thursday night searching Reelfoot Lake near the Sunset boat ramp after a boat capsized. The Samburg, Tennessee assistant fire chief said the boater had been pulled alive from the water but died at the hospital. 

 Three men charged in boating death; no felonies
OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The Weber County attorney's office announced that formal charges have been filed against three boaters who are accused of running over a swimmer and leaving her to die. The Weber County prosecutors announced that Colton ...

 OCEAN CITY: Trial postponed for boater whose passenger died
The Daily Times Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:34 PM PST
OCEAN CITY â The trial for a man accused of piloting a boat while under the influence when a 23-year-old man fell from the vessel and died has been postponed until April 13. 

 Body found in Red River identified as missing ETX boater
KLTV 7 Tyler Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:12 PM PST
Remains found Friday morning near the entrance to River Bend Marina are those of a missing East Texas fisherman, missing since a boating accident on the Red River two weeks ago. 

 Boat capsizes on Reelfoot Lake, Arkansas man found dead
WPSD Local 6
Authorities called off a search for a possible second drowning victim around 9 pm Thursday. Samburg Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Cole says current conditions are leading to more boaters needing rescue. High winds are thought to be a factor in ...

Boating Accidents:

 NJ marina fire destroys 5 boats, damages others
New Jersey Herald Thu, 23 Feb 2012 07:33 AM PST
LACEY, N.J. (AP) - A wind-whipped fire has destroyed five boats and damaged two others at a marina near New Jersey's Barnegat Bay. A boater on the scene estimates damage from the Thursday morning fire at between a half-million and a million dollars. 

 Small vessel crashes in Alameda, boater arrested after appearing drunk and defiant
San Jose Mercury News
Alameda police and fire personnel pulled a woman off the watercraft around 1:45 am, and since then the boater has given conflicting stories about the existence of a second boater. A Coast Guard helicopter and vessel were dispatched to search the area 

  Jet ski tragedy was 'expected'- boater
Sky News Australia
Jet ski tragedy was 'expected'- boater Updated: 19:48, Saturday February 25, 2012 A regular boater at Port Melbourne says a jet ski accident that left a swimmer on life support was 'expected and anticipated' by locals who have been concerned about jet ...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Brewer offers boater discounts in New England
Trade Only Today
The Brewer Cruising Club Card will be offered to transient boaters staying at Mystic Seaport, in addition to all 22 Brewer marinas throughout New England. After spending their first night at a Brewer marina or at Mystic Seaport, boaters will receive

  WCIND Navigates Work Shop with BOCC
The Bradenton Times
by John Rehill BRADENTON -- The West Coast Island Navigation District is a boater's best friend, and they are about to make it easier for those boaters before they get into the water. The WCIND will be matching funds with the City of Palmetto to make 

Not a Boating Accident But Deserves recognition:
 Coast Guard honors reporters for '05 rescue
Portsmouth Herald Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:53 PM PST
NEW CASTLE â Two news reporters who have made a living covering breaking news and heroic acts never imagined they would be on the other side of the story, but it happened in 2005 when they saved a drowning woman off the coast of Mexico. 

 Supreme Court To Hear Fane Lozman's Houseboat Case
WPBF Palm Beach Wed, 22 Feb 2012 06:01 AM PST
Does a houseboat qualify as a vessel under maritime law? That's what the Supreme Court will decide in a case that's been going through the legal system for several years. 

 Is it a house or a boat? U.S. Supreme Court to decide case of Riviera Beach houseboat
Sun-Sentinel Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:16 PM PST
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear the case of whether former Riviera Beach Marina tenant Fane Lozman's houseboat constitutes a "vessel" under maritime law.

 High and dry
Baltimore Sun
One can hardly blame the boating public for feeling a bit of sticker shock at news that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources wants to triple registration fees for most boaters. The recession has hit the boating industry hard, gas prices are up, 

West Marine Names Green Boating Products of the Year
Best of Boating
West Marine, the country's largest retailer of boating supplies and accessories, announced at the Miami Boat Show that three products were selected as “Green Product of the Year” Honorees. Entropy's SuperSap” epoxy, Torqeedo's Travel 1003 Electric ...

 Manatee patrol proves educational for Palm Beach County boaters
Palm Beach Post (blog)
by Willie Howard Operation Mermaid, a multi-agency manatee speed zone blitz held Sunday that sought to raise awareness about speed zones among boaters, resulted in six boating and manatee speed zone citations but many more warnings and educational .

 RBFF launches PSA campaign to promote boat registrations
Boating Industry
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation recently announced a new campaign that uses humor to promote fishing licenses and boat registrations by anglers and boaters. The campaign, titled “2012 Take Me Fishing Public Service Announcement,” will ...

 Third-party rules may be extended to boats: Buswell
Sydney Morning Herald
Transport Minister Troy Buswell is formally considering introducing third party insurance for boating following lobbying from a young Perth woman horrifically injured in a boat crash. Kate Campbell still has difficulty speaking after she was thrown ...

Boater helps people reconnect with river
Portland Tribune
By Steve Law Seth Vore has a passion for wooden boats, and a successful Kickstarter campaign will allow him to launch a new business giving boat tours on the Willamette River. Some people just have a thing for wooden boats.

Boating Safety News:

  Boating safety promtion at Greek Festival
Roads and Maritime Services will promote safe and responsible boating at this year's Greek Festival of Sydney, which will take place at Darling Harbour on Sunday, and Acting General Manager Maritime Operations, Trevor Williams, said Maritime was taking ...

 More wake zone meetings this spring: Parks Canada
Your Ottawa Region
Last summer, Parks Canada created four new wake-free zones between Manotick and the 416 bridge in Kars, which require boats to travel at a dead slow pace to avoid wake that could damage the shoreline or overturn other boaters.

 Saguaro Lake boaters warned of hazard
22, 2012 05:11 PM "Floating islands of vegetation" in Saguaro Lake are posing a danger to boaters during low-light hours of the day, the Mesa Ranger District said. Native vegetation called "bulbrush" and "rush" are mysteriously breaking away from shore .

Boater Education:

 Area students earn boater certification
Smith Mountain Eagle
Last week the organization took their course, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, into the classroom to reach future boaters. The classes are now required for anyone operating a personal water craft and any person under ...

 Sports & Recreation Briefs for Feb. 23
Belvoir Eagle
A boater's education class that meets the boating education requirements of all states is being offered by Flotilla 25-8 of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary March 10. The class is from 8 am to 5 pm at the Mount Vernon Knights of Columbus Hall, ...

Boating Accidents:

Boater gets stuck in the Napa River mud
Napa Valley Register
Thein recommends boaters pay attention to the tides there and locate the mudflats to avoid getting stranded. “It just drops,” he said, referring to the tide change. “But the tide will come in and you will float again.” People should make sure to brink ...

 KY Marina Fire Reportedly Started From Electrical Source
ABC 36 Lexington Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:33 PM PST
New information on last week's houseboat fire at Holly Bay Marina on Laurel Lake. The marina manager tells the Corbin Times Tribune that the fire apparently started from an electric source in one of the boats. Three houseboats were destroyed by the early morning fire on Friday. The final report on the fire has not been released. The US Forest Service, which has juristiction over the lake, says ... 

 Missing river rafters found safe and well
The New Zealand Herald Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:36 PM PST
Two 22-year-olds who failed to report from a rafting trip on the Taieri River in Otago have been found safe and well.The men had put their raft, made from inner-tubes and plywood, on the river at Hindon about 10am yesterday and... 

 Boaties rescue injured jetskier
Bayside Bulletin Wed, 22 Feb 2012 23:22 PM PST
An injured jet ski rider was transported to hospital after being assisted from the water on Monday, February 20. 

 Court stops council closing yard
Marlborough Express Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:40 PM PST
A Christchurch boat builder who relocated his business to Picton after the Christchurch earthquake has been granted a stay by the Environment Court to continue operating after the Marlborough District Council attempted to shut it down.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident New

The latest news on Substituting Isobutanol for Ethanol:  From Ethanol Producer Magazine:

Coast Guard, ORNL test butanol in small marine engines

By Kris Bevill | February 21, 2012
The U.S. Coast Guard is working on a three-year project with researchers at the U.S. DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to test the potential for butanol to be used in the Coast Guard’s smaller marine craft. The research project will test the effects of a gasoline/butanol blend containing 16.1 percent biobutanol on 225HP and 300HP outboard engines. Operational testing will conclude in mid-2014, with results expected to be released shortly thereafter, according to Rich Hansen, branch chief - surface branch at the USCG’s Research and Development Center. Findings from the USCG/ORNL testing may also be applied to civilian watercraft, he said.

The USCG currently uses commercially available gasoline, which often contains 10 percent ethanol, in its small marine craft. Hansen said biobutanol was selected for marine engine testing because it offers favorable properties and has the potential to become available in the marketplace in coming years. Biobutanol also offers the opportunity for the USCG to lower its carbon footprint, which is a priority of the U.S. military. “The USCG would like to position itself to be ready for alternative fuels that may become commercially available and help meet carbon footprint reduction goals and comply with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007,” Hansen said.

EISA requires any alternative or synthetic transportation fuel purchased by federal agencies to emit the same or fewer life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions than its petroleum counterpart. Corn-based ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel and biobutanol derived from corn starch all meet the emissions threshold reduction requirements. However, while ethanol is not currently recommended to be used at percentages greater than 10 percent in marine engines, testing conducted last year by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the American Boat and Yacht Council showed promising results for butanol. Butanol is not yet widely available in the fuels market, but butanol technology developers have begun acquiring corn ethanol facilities with the intent to convert them for biobutanol production. The first of these facilities, a former corn ethanol plant in Luverne, Minn., was purchased by Gevo Inc. and is expected to begin producing biobutanol later this year. Gevo plans to sell some of its product for marine applications as an alternative to ethanol-blended fuels.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Public can weigh in on Flagler boat-speed proposals
Daytona Beach News-Journal
By FRANK FERNANDEZ, Staff Writer PALM COAST -- Environmentalists, boaters and anyone else who has something to say about proposed slow-speed zones to protect manatees in the Intracoastal Waterway in Flagler County can have their say at a public hearing ...

 Boats sink in Belgrade as thaw causes Danube ice chaos
BBC News
A rapid thaw has brought chaos to the River Danube in the Serbian capital Belgrade, where ice damaged boats, pontoons and floating restaurants. The thick ice covered one of Europe's busiest waterways during the recent freeze, but began to break up on 

 Proposed SF harbor-berth rules rock the boaters
San Francisco Chronicle
But to many longtime boaters there, the proposed rules are unreasonable and need to be stopped. "They have been making their concerns known," said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who represents the city's north-side Marina district, where the harbor is

 Bill would raiser boater fees in Maryland
Trade Only Today
Maryland boat owners could pay higher registration fees for the first time in nearly three decades, thanks to a bill filed last week that would replace the flat $24 boat registration fee paid every two years with fees ranging from $50 to $700, ...

 Springtime Freshwater Fishing and Boating Access
Florida Sportsman Magazine
Treat other anglers, boaters and property owners with courtesy and respect.  Respect property rights, and never trespass on private lands or waters.  Keep no more fish than needed for consumption, and never wastefully discard fish.

 Greenpeace ship highlights sustainable boating
Sustainable Business Oregon
Greenpeace's $32 million vessel is aimed at showing the boating industry new ways to go green. Even if you are not a fan of Greenpeace, you may want to admire the organization's new ship – the Rainbow Warrior III – for its unique design and emphasis on .

Boating Safety News:

Blood alcohol limit could be lowered for Georgia boaters
The Augusta Chronicle Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:03 AM PST
Boaters on Georgia lakes and rivers could be held to the same standards as motor vehicle operators drivers under a proposal to reduce the legal blood alcohol limit for boating under the influence

 You can't force the issue
Boating Business
Dennis London of Cobham agrees that there's generally much more legislation addressing leisure boating safety in places like France and Australia, the generally larger forces of the commercial world “tend to also drive the leisure market”.

Boater Education:

Boater education program reaches benchmark | Washington State Parks
Maple Valley Reporter
The Washington State Boating Programs has reached a milestone in its mandatory boater education program, issuing card number 100000. To urge boaters to get educated and learn to be safer on the water, the State Parks Boating Programs partnered with the

 Boating course begins March 1
Sippican Week
Marion — The Onset/Marion Flotilla 63 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a “Boating Skills and Seamanship” course beginning in March. Classes will be held on Thursday nights from 7 to 9 pm at the Lockheed Martin (Sippican) Training ..

Boating Accidents:

 3 rescued from capsized catamaran off Florida
WJXT Jacksonville Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:49 AM PST
The Coast Guard says three men had to be rescued from their capsized catamaran in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida. 

 Reported boat collision near the Richmond Bridge
KGO-TV Bay Area Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:06 AM PST
The Coast Guard has spent all night searching near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge after getting reports that two boats collided. 

 Luxury yacht sinks in the Aegean
Daily Telegraph Mon, 20 Feb 2012 03:32 AM PST
Eight passengers on board a luxury yacht have been airlifted to safety after it sank off the coast of Skyros, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea

 Filmmakers rescue Iranians from boat fire
By ninemsn staff The crew of an Iranian boat that caught fire while ferrying fuel from Dubai had a lucky escape when documentary filmmakers on a nearby boat came to their rescue while capturing the fiery ordeal on film. The filmmakers were shooting in ..

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Md. Boaters Upset About Proposed Fee Increases
WBOC Salisbury Sun, 19 Feb 2012 07:08 AM PST
Many boat owners say they're not happy with a boating fee increase proposed by Maryland's Department of Natural Resources. 

Boating Safety News:

Coast Guard asks boaters to help themselves
By SUSAN COCKING The men and women of the US Coast Guard standing by to rescue South Florida mariners when they get in trouble are pleading for a little self-help from boaters. With more than 1.7 million square nautical miles in Atlantic, ...

Coast Guard warns mariners of expected high winds
Delaware Coast Press Sat, 18 Feb 2012 09:03 AM PST
PORTSMOUTH â The Coast Guard is warning mariners about gale-force winds that are forecast for the mid-Atlantic region.  

 Another try to stiffen drunken boating statute
Rome Sentinel
The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill named after a 20-year-old woman who was killed in a boating while intoxicated accident on Fourth Lake in Herkimer County. The bill has now been delivered to the state Assembly.

Orange Bureau Confidential: Boaters seek to change Hudson River police checks
Times Herald-Record
An organized group of boaters will change the way boat inspections and checks are handled on the Hudson River, and potentially elsewhere, if they and Sen. Charles Schumer get their way. Rear Adm. Linda Fagan of the Coast Guard Sector New York will hold ...

20-foot waves closed down Columbia River bar, others
The Oregonian Sun, 19 Feb 2012 09:22 AM PST
Beginning about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard closed the Columbia River, Coos Bay and Grays Habor bars, among others. All were re-opened by 7:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the guard's Ken Stuber. A bar is where a river drains into the coast and out to the ocean.

 Remembering the Pendleton rescue - The Boston Globe
Boston Globe Sat, 18 Feb 2012 22:53 PM PST
The Coast Guard commemorated “the greatest rescue by small boat in its history,” which was accomplished without a compass or a windshield 60 years ago yesterday.

Boater Education:

 "Adventures in boating" classes planned soon
The Columbian Sat, 18 Feb 2012 06:08 AM PST
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Fort Vancouver Power Squadron, will offer three separate Adventures in Boating courses for Washington boaters seeking their boater education cards. 

 Boating skills and seamanship course
Wicked Local
Classes will be held from 7 to 9 pm This course is designed for the first-time boater and as a review for the more experienced boater. Subjects to be covered include: which boat is for you, equipment for your boat, trailering your boat, handling your .

 ESCONDIDO: Boating class offered
North County Times
Designed for experienced as well as novice boaters, the class will include water training for practice to observe objects and procedures learned in class. The class qualifies for states where boater education is required. Cost $40 and includes text and ...

Outdoors notes
Times Leader Sun, 19 Feb 2012 00:08 AM PST
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold a basic boating course Saturday, March 10, at Nescopeck State Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no fee for the course and participants can earn a Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is required for all operators of personal watercraft, regardless of age, and for boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1982, who operate motorboats of more ...  

 Prepare now for safe summer boating
Plattsburgh Press Republican
Basic training for boating safely on Lake Champlain this summer will be available through two special evening classes Wednesday and Thursday, March 14 and 15. "About Boating Safely" is offered by Flotilla 15-8, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Plattsburgh.


Kayaker missing off Tarpon Springs
St. Petersburg Times Sun, 19 Feb 2012 07:49 AM PST
Times Staff Sunday, February 19, 2012 TARPON SPRINGS â Several agencies are searching for a missing 25-year-old kayaker. David Stephen Hoffmann Jr. launched his 15-foot single passenger kayak near Bayshore Drive on Saturday afternoon, according to Tarpon Springs Police Department. The U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office are

Boating Accidents:

 Police send arson investigator to Kentucky houseboat fires
The Gleaner Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:30 AM PST
LONDON, Ky. (AP) â An arson investigator has been sent to the Holly Bay Marina on Laurel River Lake where three houseboats caught fire. 

Small boat explodes in Auckland bay
LATEST: A fire which broke out after a small boat exploded at Half Moon Bay in south-east Auckland has been extinguished. Four fire crews, as well as volunteers, were sent to a public ramp around 9.50am where a launch, approximately five metres-long, ...

USS Spruance Rescues 1 From Sinking Boat
KGTV San Diego
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego-based USS Spruance rushed to the aid of a sailboat's distress call off the coast of Ensenada on Friday night. The ship's first commanding officer, Cmdr. Tate Westbrook, told 10News the ship received a mayday call from a ...