Boating Safety Is For Life

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident news

 1.  Learn The language of boats:  Basic Terms, such as fore and aft, port and starboard, bow, stern, bilge,  chines,  helm, etc ,  are fundamental  to boating.  Get a nautical dictionary or a book such as Chapmans’ Piloting Seamanship, and Small Boat Handling.  These contain all the terms you will need to know, and more. 

    2.     Learn about your boat.  If it is a power boat:  where is the fuel  fill and the fuel tank?  How much does it hold?  How does your boat handle at slow speeds?  What are the basic dimensions of your boat, length, beam, depth (draft).  How much water depth do you need under you to keep from hitting bottom?   How do you start the engine?  Know your boat inside and out and how it handles under all conditions.

     If you have a sailboat, what are the names of each line used to handle the sails?  What is the difference  between a rope, a line, a sheet, and a halyard.  What are the different parts of the sails?  Why is a centerboard different than a dagger board or a keel?  What does close hauled, a broad reach, running free mean?  When two sailboats, under sail meet, who has the right of way?

   3.   Learn basic boat handling.  Are there specific handling requirements for your boat?  For instance PWCs cannot be steered at slow speed.  They have to have some movement to steer.  Single screw (propeller) boats are not as maneuverable as twin screw boats.  Outboards and sterndrive boats are more maneuverable than conventional inboard boats.  Practice handling your boat in close quarters at slow speeds. Practice docking.

   4. Learn basic rules and regulations for boats.   Is your boat required to be registered? If yes,   with who?  How do you get your boat registered?  Where are the registration numbers required to be? How big? What color? Do you need a license to operate a boat?  What types of lights does your boat need?  Do you know what a Hull identification Number is?

   5.  Learn the basic rules of the road.  Who has the right of way?   Are there speed limits?  When do sailboats have the right of way over motorboats?   What do all those buoys and signs mean?   How about operating at night?  Do you need a lookout?

   6.   Boating Equipment.  What equipment do you need on your boat?   What is required by law?  What is good to have but not required?  What is a PFD?  Where should they be stored?  Who must wear a PFD, and when?

   7. Who is in charge?  As the boat operator, are you the Captain?  As Captain what are your basic legal responsibilities.  Are you responsible for what other people do on your boat?  What happens if you let someone else operate the boat?

   8.  If you are going to go boating on any body of water larger than a lake that you can see from one end to other, you need to know some basic navigation.  What is coastal navigation?  What are charts and how are they used?  Why do you not use a road map for boat navigation?  What is GPS?  What is a depth sounder?  How can a depth sounder be used for navigation.

   9.  Learn how to anchor.  Learn the different types of anchors, where they are used and how much line (rope) do you need.  Should you use rope or chain?

  10.  Learn about weather.  Where can you get marine weather info?   Why is the weather important?   What should you do if caught out in a storm or if there is lightning?  Learn to recognize basic weather patterns and when the weather is changing, especially if it is changing for the worse.

  11.  Navigation:  Learn how to navigate from one place to another.  Learn the basics of coastal navigation and dead reckoning.  How do you determine you position, course and speed?  Do you know what GPS means, and how it works?  Learn about where to get charts and how to use them.  Learn to use electronic charts.

  12.  Emergencies: Learn how to handle emergencies. What do you do if someone falls overboard?  What action do you take if there is a fire?  How do you handle flooding of your boat?  Learn about towing. Towing can be dangerous. Learn to do it safely.

    All of the above is just the beginning.  There is much more to learn as you gain experience with your boat.  Classes are offered by many organizations. Following are just a few.
US Coast Guard Auxiliary
US Power Squadron
State and Local Law Enforcement
US Army Corps Of Engineers
National park Service
Red Cross

BoatUS has a database of classes in your area as well as their own free online course.  See

Friday, March 30, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Missouri boater wins sales-tax dispute
Trade Only Today
The Missouri Supreme Court recently sided with a boater who bought a vessel in Maryland and argued that he should not be subject to local sales tax on an out-of-state boat purchase. Missouri resident Craig Street went to Maryland to buy a Tracker 

Letter: Inlet maintenance should be paid by boaters
A more correct approach is to require an additional "dredging fee" at boater registration renewal for all boats registered in Martin and St. Lucie counties. As an example, boats 20 feet and less could be charged a dollar a foot.

 Upper reservoir at Blenheim-Gilboa to reopen for recreational boaters
Oneonta Daily Star
NORTH BLENHEIM – The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will reopen the upper reservoir at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project to recreational boaters on Monday. The project's lower reservoir will also open at that time but with certain

Boating Safety news:

Boat maintenance vitally important
Las Vegas Review - Journal
Windy days on Lake Mead will cause this pump to work overtime to get rid of the water building up below deck. I've been in a boat with a failed bilge pump. Let's just say a boat filled with unwanted water can make one a little nervous.

 Mishaps and Rescues April 2012
Soundings Thu, 29 Mar 2012 09:00 AM PDT
PARTY CRASHERS: The Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission teamed with local law enforcement agencies earlier this year to keep waterways safe during the Gasparilla Pirate Fest in Tampa, Fla. Police made 52 arrests, including eight for boating under the influence, and issued 302 citations for carrying an open container of alcohol. 

 NMMA President Thom Dammrich appointed to US Fish & Wildlife Service's Sport ...
Boating Industry
WASHINGTON, DC – March 29, 2012 – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently appointed National Marine Manufacturer Association President, Thom Dammrich to the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council, a panel created in 1993 to advise the

 Boating Season Prep!
Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog)
This is a good thing, as this year's fishing should be outstanding, but with this early beginning to the boating season, many anglers are over looking important things before they drop their boat in the water. Before you even go pull your boat of

 Springfield preparing for boating season
Akron Leader Publications
By Maria Lindsay This past August, several area residents questioned the lack of patrol of boaters and others on the lake and raised concerns about the safety for all lake users. The issues raised involved excessive speeds and flaunting the posted .

Boater Education:

Tompkins: Hands-on training a boon to boaters
Houston Chronicle
The program is run by the US Power Squadrons, an almost-century-old nonprofit organization of boating enthusiasts focused on making recreational boating more enjoyable and safe by sharing their time and knowledge with other boaters, often through

 Safe boating class set for April 28 in Green Cove Springs
The Florida Times-Union Thu, 29 Mar 2012 07:33 AM PDT
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary's Flotilla14-5 offers a free safe boating class to learn the latest boating regulations and earn a Florida Boater Safety ID Card from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the auxiliary headquarters at 910 Roland Ave. in Green Cove Springs

 Safe Boating classes sign-ups
Kingston Reporter Thu, 29 Mar 2012 09:39 AM PDT
The Kingston Yacht Club in collaboration with Jesse Marine will hold its annual Safe Boating classes Saturday, April 28 and May 5. 

State Offers Free Boating Safety Courses
Albuquerque Journal Thu, 29 Mar 2012 04:48 AM PDT
SANTA FE (AP) â The State Park Division says free boating safety courses will be offered starting in April at Elephant Butte Lake State Park. State law requires anyone born... Read more» 

Boating & Water Safety instructor training set
By Anonymous Learn to be an instructor in boating and water safety. Training is scheduled at Promised Land State Park on Wednesday, June 13 from 9 am to 5 pm and Thursday, June 14 from 10 am to 2 pm The training is free of charge and is open to both

 Free Safe Boating Course
By Marcia Lense - email The US Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces that they will be offering a free boating safety education class. The class will be held on March 31 st 2012. The class will run from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm This 

 Boating safety course coming to Imperial
Imperial Republican
A boating safety course will be held at the Chase County High School in Imperial on April 16 and 17, according to Scott Eveland, Boating Safety Officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. According to Eveland, the Nebraska Boating Safety course 

 Personal watercraft & boating safety course offered
WRBL Columbus Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:06 AM PDT
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at West Point Lake, will conduct a personal watercraft and boating safety course at the West Point Project Management Office.


Yacht survivors' outlook good
A SAR-Tech is hoisted from the deck of the Coast Guard vessel Sambro during a simulated medical evacuation off Dartmouth in November 2009. A Cormorant helicopter was used in rescue efforts for the Tabasco II off the coast of Cape Sable Island.

 Boating Accident Claims Tire, Retread Leader
Tire Review
A longtime leader in the tire and retread industry, John Olson, 76, died in a boating accident on March 26. He was helping to launch a boat into the Pere Marguette River in Michigan when he was carried away by the river.

 Mark Lane of Lazard Dies at 44 in Boat Mishap
By Laura Marcinek on March 29, 2012 Mark Lane, a managing director at Lazard Capital Markets LLC who recently returned to work after a 3 1/2-year hiatus to help raise four young sons, has died after being hit by a boat in Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Port Lavaca Wave Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:35 PM PDT
The Coast Guard rescued one boater and recovered the body of another after their boat sank 24 miles northeast of the Port Aransas jetties, Friday. 

 Teen perishes in boating accident
By Press Release Montcalm County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Little White Fish Lake in Pierson Township regarding a boating accident Friday. Information received was that three male teenagers had launched their 14-foot aluminum boat at 

Couple missing after marina fire destroys boats
Fox News
SEATTLE – After a fire destroyed a boathouse and several boats at a marina in northern Washington state, officials were asking: Where are the couple who lived aboard one of the boats? Their boat sank in the Friday morning fire at the Squalicum Harbor

Boating Accidents:

 Coast Guard rescue 2 people overnight off the coast of Morro Bay
KSBY San Luis Obispo News
Their sailboat was hit by a rogue wave causing it to do a 360 degree rollover. The boat lost power and its mast was broken. One passenger was thrown into the water, but was able to climb back onboard. The Coast Guard was able to safely reach the 


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

It's spring, and it's boating season again.  People are fitting out and preparing their boats for the spring, summer and fall.  So, I have dusted off my annual post about fires and explosions.  There are far too many of these in spring mainly because boat owners want to get out o the water and don't want to wait. They don't want to be bothered with all the things that should be done at least annually.  So what happens? They put the boat in the water fire it up, it goes a few hundred yards and gets really fired up!  This can not only ruin your day, but your whole boating season as well!

Most boat fires are electrical in origin, but if you have a gasoline powered boat the danger of a catastrophic explosion is very real.  Fortunately there are few deaths, but they do happen, and the injuries are usually horrific.  The destruction is usually total.

The key to all of this is following proper maintenance of fuel and electrical systems, and fueling procedures.  I cannot stress maintenance enough.  Every spring check your fuel system. Replace any hoses or fittings that are questionable.  Have the tank and fuel system pressure tested for leaks.  Check the clamps that keep the hoses in place.  If they have started to corrode, replace them.  Make sure the clamps you replace them with are 316L stainless steel, including the screw that tightens the clamp.  Often the band is stainless but the screw is not.  Fuel systems are not the place to try to save a few bucks. Make sure the hoses are USCG Type A hoses.  I you replace the hoses get the new USCG Type A -15 hose that comply with the new EPA standards.  Look for the label on the hose. Automotive fuel hose is not the same thing.  Again, don’t try to save a few bucks here.   Do not use automotive parts, either as hose or electrical parts on the engine.  Do not replace starters, alternators, and carburetors with automotive parts.  They may look the same, but they are not the same. Electrical equipment needs to be marine UL listed, and ignition protected.  If your boat is an outboard, replace the fuel hoses with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) hoses.  They are designed to be UV resistant and must meet marine industry standards.

Every time you use the boat, check the engine compartment first.  Take a look at the fuel system and fittings.  Sniff for fumes.  Adequately ventilate before attempting to start the boat.  Run the blower for at least four minutes.  If the engine doesn’t start don’t keep cranking.  It isn’t good for the starter, and it could overheat the wires to the starter. Wait a minute, and try again.  If after a few tries it still won’t start, stop trying and find out why it isn’t starting.  Fix the problem before trying again.  

Check your bilge blower for proper operation. Make sure bees or mice didn't nest in the hoses over the winter.  It should run and you should be able to feel the air coming out of the vent and there should be nothing clogging it.  Examine the intake and exhaust hose for holes and tears. If the hose is getting really brittle replace it. If the blower is not blowing as hard as it should replace that too. The exhaust hose should extend down into the bilge area under the engine, but not so far that it sucks up water. The intake hose does not have to be very long, just long enough to bring air into the engine compartment.  You do not want the outlet of the intake too close to the intake of the exhaust hose because then you are not renewing the air in the engine compartment, You are just circulating the air in and immediately out again.  Also, do a quick check to make sure your engine is getting enough air to breathe.  The easiest test is to run the engine with the engine hatch or cover closed and then open them slightly. If the engine rpms increase, the engine is not getting enough air. This means poor fuel economy, less power, and more carbon monoxide.

Fueling is one procedure you need to be very careful about. There is a very specific way to fuel a boat. (this is for fueling at a marine station)

1.  Tie up your boat securely and have everyone get off the boat. Shut off all the power on the boat. Turn off the battery switches. If you have a propane system with any automatic pilot lights, shut them off. Obviously: NO SMOKING.

2. Close up the boat tight. Make sure all the hatches, doors, ports and vents are closed.

NOTE: some people make the mistake of running the bilge blower while fueling. DO NOT DO THIS.  You are actually sucking fumes into the boat.  Wait until after fueling to run the blower, see step 6.

3. Fuel the boat yourself. Make sure the nozzle is in the right opening. You would be surprised at how many people have tried to fuel through a fish pole holder or filled the water tank with gas. Make sure the nozzle stays in metal to metal contact with the fuel fill. Your tank and fuel system are grounded and electrically connected to the fuel fill so any static will be harmlessly discharged. However if you don't make initial contact with the fill a spark could jump from the fueling hose to the boat.

4. Make every attempt not to spill fuel or over fill the tank. Know how much your tank holds and keep track of how much you use. Know how much you need to pump. Clean up any drips or spills on the boat. Dispose of the rags properly. Do not spill overboard. This not only pollutes the environment, it can get you a hefty fine.

5. Now open the boat up completely. Open the doors, windows, hatches, ports and the engine room. Check the engine room and bilge for fuel by both looking and sniffing. The best gas detector is your nose. Thoroughly ventilate the boat especially the engine room.

6. Turn the battery switch on and start the engine room blower. Let it run for at least five minutes.

7. Start the engines. Close up the engine room hatch and other doors and hatches you don't want open. Get everyone back on board. Turn on any other power switches and appliances that need to be on.

8. Get underway

Here is a link to a previous post on fires. 

What about electrical fires?  One very common scenario is leaving the boat hooked up to shore power during the winter, using a space heater, and not checking on the boat.  The shore power plug can become a real hot spot.  Most electrical fires are a result of high resistance in a plug or other electrical device, creating enough heat to catch fire.  High resistance occurs most often at connections.  The shore power plug is just one of those connections.  The others are connections between wires and electrical devices, connections in the panel box to a buss or to circuit breakers and fuses.  Corrosion is the main culprit.  The damp environment leads to rapid corrosion. Corrosion does not conduct electricity very well.  This can even occur in fuse holders.  Fuse holders are usually copper. Copper corrodes rapidly in a marine environment, especially if it’s saltwater. Keep wiring out of the bilges. If your boat should flood during the winter, you may have to replace all the wiring and electrical equipment. Get it inspected by a certified MARINE electrician.

Here is what a boat looks like after an electrical fire. 

All electrical systems need to be inspected annually, at the least.  If you don’t use your boat very often, you should check each time you use the boat.  Plugs and connectors should be kept clean and shiny.  Check fuse blocks for corrosion and clean the contacts.  Check circuit breakers for proper operation.  Check electrical equipment for proper operation.  If something keeps tripping the circuit breaker or blowing a fuse, find out why.  Do not ignore it or jump the breaker or fuse.  Fix the problem.  Not doing so could mean a fire.  If you have shore power, pull the plug on both ends and inspect the cord and both ends for corrosion.  Do a resistance test. If it’s any more than 0 ohms, or at most 1 ohm, find out why.  If the cord is getting old, cracking, getting soft, or frayed, replace it. Check the shore power socket on the boat. Is it clean and free from corrosion?  Check the cap over the socket to make sure it is keeping moisture out of the socket.

All of these things will help prevent fires on your boat.  Stay safe, be safe.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

Don't Blame Boaters for Harbor Pollution, Round 2
Newport Beach Independent Newspaper
But he like many others are still blaming any pollution in the harbor on the boaters. I have written numerous articles that the boaters are not the ones polluting our waterways, and every landlubber who thinks so should look in the mirror.

U.S. Coast Guard finds three missing children on father James Ray Bryant's ...
Three Montana children, missing since August, were found aboard their father's sailboat approximately 30 miles east of Pompano Beach on Tuesday, according to theU.S. Coast Guard. By Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel Three Montana children, missing since ...

Boating Safety News:

National Safe Boating Council Announces Recipients of 2012 “Wear It ...
Seattle Post Intelligencer
The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) is pleased to announce that 13 groups have been selected to receive “Wear It!” campaign resources and support as part of its “Wear It!” safe boating campaign. This grassroots outreach effort is a new way for the ...

Peel RNLI Issue a Timely Warning to Boat Owners
Manxnet Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:26 AM PDT
Following a rescue on the 25th March of a Personal Water Craft (Jet Ski) Peel RNLI have issued a warning to all boat and water craft owners to make sure that their vessels are fully serviced and seaworthy before putting out to sea. 

 JEFF KNAPP: Boaters should follow launch etiquette
The Indiana Gazette Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:23 AM PDT
For all the relaxation fishing and boating can provide, it's amazing the level of stress often experienced at the launch ramp. Much of the tension can be avoided by simply adhering to a code of boat launch etiquette. 

 AK Boating Safety Program Gains More Permanent Status
Alaska Native News
By Office of Representative Alan Austerman 03/26/2012 10:25:00 (Juneau) - Alaska's program to educate and raise awareness for boating safety won a more permanent footing Friday following Alaska House passage of bill to get rid of its termination date.

 TRENTON: Early boating season prompts reminders
Southgate News Herald
By Scott Held TRENTON — They normally get a few more weeks before their annual reach-out to boaters, but Mother Nature brought the Wayne County Sheriff's Marine Unit out early this year. The unit, with headquarters at the Elizabeth Park Marina, ...

 House panel weighs 'Blizzard' boating bill
The Union Leader
The House Transportation Committee is reviewing Senate Bill 285, which would allow for the suspension or revocation of a driver's license for serious boating offenses, including for operating recklessly or while intoxicated.

 Push to boost state boating safety laws renewed two years after drownings
Springfield News-Leader
Photo courtesy Keese family Two years ago today, a boating trip on Stockton Lake turned into a tragedy for the Keese family. A sailor spotted 36-year-old Brian Keese's capsized jon boat. Neither Keese nor his 8-year-old son, Nathan, had been wearing ...

Upstate Grandfather Starts SC Life Jacket Loan Program After Son, Grandson Drown
News Channel 7
Safe Kids Upstate, Duke Energy, the Keese Foundation, the Friends of Lake Keowee Society and SC Department of Natural Resources have joined together to loan life jackets to the public for use during the day while boating or swimming on Lake Keowee.

Boaters can never be 'too safe' on the water
Today's News-Herald
Boaters should ensure anyone being towed has a properly fitting life jacket that won't ride up over a wearer's head if they take a spill. The rider has very little control over a tube and skiers and boarders need control help, too.

Boater Education:

 Phillips: Please, no more tests
Yakima Herald-Republic
As a way of making boating safer and — I'm only guessing on this one — as another way of scrounging a few more bucks out of us poor Washingtonian boaters and anglers, the state is requiring everyone born after 1954 to have a Washington State Boater ...

New York State Boater Safety Course
By Cindy McNicholl Sheriff Robert Maciol announced today that the Sheriff's Marine Patrol will offer the “New York State Boater Safety Course”. • You operate a personal watercraft and are at least 14 years of age and older. (as of 1/1/09 you must be 14 ..

Free boating safety education courses offered
Las Cruces Sun-News
ELEPHANT BUTTE, NM — Basic safety education courses for boaters will be offered this spring and summer at Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Class sizes are limited and students are highly encouraged to register in advance. Courses will be held on April ...

 Boaters warned of hazard at Flaming Geyser State Park
Enumclaw Courier-Herald
King County is alerting Green River boaters of a fallen tree that is spanning the entire channel and creating a potentially hazardous condition along a stretch of the river within Flaming Geyser State Park. For a map of the river stretch and photo of ...


Divers find 2 bodies in Darlington County lake
The Herald |
AP Divers have recovered the bodies of two boaters who disappeared during an outing on a Darlington County lake. Authorities said the body of 27-year-old Casey Lloyd was found Monday afternoon, a day after the body of 30-year-old Andrecia Delaine was ...

Second missing boater's body recovered in Chesterfield county
LAKE ROBINSON, SC - The search that started March 23 in Lake Robinson has ended Monday afternoon with the recovery of the second missing boater. (more) A search that started March 23 in Lake Robinson has ended Monday afternoon with the recovery of the .

Man found in water off West Seattle dies
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says the 25-year-old fell in Puget Sound Monday night as he was using the raft to take supplies to a sailboat near the Fauntleroy ferry terminal. Two Seattle fire boats and three divers searched with help ...

Newport News man found not guilty in son's boating accident death
Daily Press Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:49 AM PDT
NEWPORT NEWS â A judge found a Newport News father not guilty Tuesday in the 2010 death of his 13-year-old son.

 Texas Man Survives Boating Accident That Killed Best Friend
KWTX-TV Waco Tue, 27 Mar 2012 07:29 AM PDT
A Texas man survived more than a day in the water after a boating accident in the Gulf of Mexico that claimed the life of his best friend. 

Yacht accident off Nova Scotia leaves 1 dead, 2 injured Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:10 AM PDT
Rescue workers were facing stormy weather and high seas Tuesday as they searched for three missing sailors after a yacht accident that left one person dead and two others seriously injured off Nova Scotia's Cape Sable Island. 

 Missing Boater's Body Found
ABC 26 New Orleans Tue, 27 Mar 2012 22:01 PM PDT
Search crews pulled the body of 22-year-old Dustin Thomassie from the Intercoastal Waterway in Larose. 

 Conroe man who survived tragic boating trip in which his friend died speaks out
Henderson says they talked for hours while treading water and his buddy Coen asked him, among many things, to look after his three daughters, something Henderson plans to do. Conroe man who survived tragic boating trip speaks out.


 Lafourche Sheriff's Office searching for missing boater
Larose -- Dustin Thomassie posted an update on his Facebook page around 4:00 am Sunday. The 22-year old man said he was playing in the marsh. That's the last post he made before disappearing in the Intracoastal Waterway. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's ...

 Mystery boat washes ashore in Palm Beach
WFLX FOX 29 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 06:03 AM PDT
An empty, 20-foot boat was discovered Tuesday morning after it washed ashore south of the Lake Worth Inlet near the north end of Palm Beach, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.

Boating Accident:

 Three people rescued from sailboat near Norfolk jetty (subscription)
NORFOLK-- The Coast Guard and the Norfolk fire department rescued three people Monday afternoon when they had problems with their sailboat. The call came in for a boat in distress around 4:00 pm at the Little Creek jetty in East Ocean View.

 Boater and daughter rescued by Coast Guard
The boater, whose name was not released by the Coast Guard, used his Marine Band radio to call the Coast Guard for help. By the time a Coast Guard crew arrived from Fairport Harbor, the man had the fire extinguished, the water under control, ...

 Boaters rescued from Middle River
Baltimore Sun (blog)
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun Three boaters were rescued Monday evening from Middle River by Natural Resources Police after their small boat capsized in choppy, wind-swept water, the agency reported. An officer found Dwayne W. Abbott, 28,

Monday, March 26, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

 Protesters rally to save sailboat
Daily Pilot
Newport Beach resident Dennis Holland has until April 30 to relocate The Shawnee, the 72-foot ship that he's restoring on his side yard, which is in violation of a city ordinance. By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot Dressed in festive pirate ...

 Boaters urge Marco leaders to repeal anchoring law invalidated three years ago
Naples Daily News
(File photo) MARCO ISLAND — Boaters are hoping Marco Island leaders will finally cut ties to their anchoring ordinance that became unenforceable when a state law passed three years ago. City officials say they want that, too — an end to the rift ...

Is it a house or a boat? Clash over Fla. man's floating home reaches US ...
Washington Post
MIAMI — Court documents refer to it as “that certain unnamed gray, two-story vessel approximately 57 feet in length.” To Fane Lozman, it was a floating Florida home never intended to sail the seas. Now, a long-running dispute over exactly what the ...

Michigan boaters encouraged to renew registrations online
“I encourage boaters to renew online at,” Johnson said. “It's fast and easy. Renew online from anywhere you have Internet access and enjoy more time on your boat.” Online renewal for watercraft began in 1998 and grew quickly.

Boating Safety News:

Boating: Become familiar with regulations
The News-Press
All renters who are required by law to have a boater education ID card must present the card before the facility may rent a vessel. Manatees are protected by state and federal law. Boaters are responsible for the greatest injuries inflicted on manatees .

Rescue drills planned near Blakely Rock
Bainbridge Island Review Sun, 25 Mar 2012 09:19 AM PDT
The training is scheduled to take place at noon on March 26. The Coast Guard, as well as multiple law enforcement agencies and fire departments, including the Bainbridge police and fire departments, will practice plucking people in distress from the water. 

 New Jersey State Police offer boating safety tips
Bridgeton News Sun, 25 Mar 2012 02:40 AM PDT
Much like last year, early spring has brought nearly summer-like weather that may induce a strong urge among boaters to hit the rivers, creeks and lakes. 

 Mild winter has boaters boaters prepping for river season
Evansville Courier & Press
Thanks to an unseasonably warm March, local mariners are getting an early opportunity to de-winterize their pleasure craft and sail out ahead of the Tri-State's normal Memorial Day to Labor Day boating season. Winters usually leave area rivers flooded ...

 Operating Under the Influence - Famed DUI Attorney Gill Cochran Gives Tips on ...
PR Web (press release)
With spring in the air many boaters are heading to the waters for a day of fun. But if alcohol is part of the equation, a great day can turn serious in a matter of seconds. Most fatal boating accidents cite alcohol use as a contributing factor and ..

 Safe boating practices develop with experience
Nanaimo News Bulletin Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:09 AM PDT
Learning to boat or sail is similar to learning to drive an automobile. Neither happens overnight. 

 Kayakers/boaters take note: Utility has not yet put up safety measures (see ... (blog)
By David Figura/The Post-Standard While people may be tempted to take advantage of the unusually warm weather to get a head start on river recreational activities, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group reminds the public that all seasonal boating safety ...

 BOATING: Avoiding That Sinking Feeling With Your Docked Boat
The Raleigh Telegram
Most boats don't sink because of exteme weather like this boat seen in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Many boats sink due to more mundane causes like broken hoses. Photo: The Telegram. By Captain Bob Townsend, Special To The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH ...

Boating safety starts with a flotation device
Nanaimo News Bulletin
By Contributed - Nanaimo News Bulletin Many people assume that simply wearing a life-jacket or another personal flotation device is enough to provide adequate safety while enjoying activities on the water. But just as important as wearing the PFD,

Boater Education:

 Boating safety course to be offered by Silver Lake Water Patrol and DNR
West of the I
A boater's safety course sponsored by the Silver Lake Water Patrol and the Wisconsin DNR will be held April 14 and 15 at Silver Lake Village Hall, 113 S First St., Silver Lake. The class will teach you the basics of boating and boating laws and ...

 Boat safety course being offered in Butler County
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sat, 24 Mar 2012 21:01 PM PDT
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 73, is offering an eight-part training course, "About Boating Safely" from April 2 to 10, at the Butler County Airport Conference Room on the lower level of the Runway Restaurant.

 Boater Safety Class set for April 23, 26
Times Herald Sun, 25 Mar 2012 08:19 AM PDT
A Michigan Boaterâs Safety Class will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 23 and 26 at the Washington Life Center, 403 N. Mary St., Marine City

Marblehead Sail & Power Squadron to offer three seminars
Marblehead Reporter Mon, 26 Mar 2012 05:37 AM PDT
The Marblehead Sail & Power Squadron will be teaching three one-night boating seminars this April and May at the Boston Yacht Club Yardarm Building from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Boating safety classes to be held March 31
Quad-Cities Online
Today is Monday, March 26, the 86th day of 2012. There are 280 days left in the year. 1862 -- 150 years ago: A lot of government horses are to be sold at auction in the Island at the 26th and 29th intersection. Terms -- cash in hand, specie or treasury ..

 Boaters must show proof of operating competency
Nanaimo News Bulletin
The PCOC – also known as known as a 'boater licence' – is not actually a licence, but proof of boating competency. All power boaters regardless of age, engine horsepower or size of boat, need a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. Children between the ages of ...


 Conroe man dead, another rescued after boating incident near Port Aransas jetties
Corpus Christi Caller Times
By Julie Silva PORT ARANSAS — A boater died and another was rescued early Saturday when their boat sank northeast of the Port Aransas jetties. Lt. Heidi Miller, spokeswoman for the Corpus Christi sector of the Coast Guard, identified the deceased as ...

 One of two missing boaters found
by Tonya Brown The search is over for one of two missing boaters on Lake Robinson. Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser says divers recovered the body of Andrecia Jerod Delaine, 30, of Hartsville Sunday afternoon. Search efforts continue for a second ...

Boating Accidents:

Boater rescued from Yaquina Bay
Bend Bulletin
NEWPORT — The US Coast Guard has rescued a man whose boat capsized in Yaquina Bay near Newport. The man issued a distress call Saturday morning, telling the Coast Guard his 22-foot recreational craft was taking on water near the bay's north jetty.

 Boat catches fire on Miami River
7 News Miami Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:04 AM PDT
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A 46-foot boat was left a charred ruin after it was fully engulfed by flames. The boat caught fire at about 5:30 a.m. Monday, at the River Run Yacht Club, located at 1700 NW North River Dr

 Vic man rescued after boat hits reef
Sky News Australia
Vic man rescued after boat hits reef Updated: 06:06, Tuesday March 27, 2012 A frail elderly man is 'lucky to be alive' after being rescued when his boat ran aground in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay. The 75-year-old was winched to safety by the police ...

Boating Safety And Accident News

There are three important lessons here.
Wear you lifejacket.
Wear your kill switch lanyard

SLOW DOWN! This would not have happened if he had slowed a bit before jumping a wake.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Boating Safety And Accident News

Boating News:

DNR Scales Back Boat Registration Fee Proposal
The Dispatch
To that end, DNR officials introduced proposed legislation that would significantly increase annual boater registration fees in an attempt to make up the lost revenue. Currently, the annual fee for registering a boat under 16 feet in length is $25; ...

Boating In States Other Than Your Own... (press release)
Ok,,, Virginia requires the boater have a Virginia certified Boater's Safety Course. I know most states have similar requirements. Since I do plan on fishing in different states... how do you guys cover this? I was told I could get a US Coast Guard ..

 Boating Safety News:

UPDATE: Guam's Coast Guard Auxiliary wins Outstanding Flotilla of the Year
Pacific Daily News Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:45 PM PDT
The local Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla placed first in the district-wide competition for Outstanding Flotilla of the Year for Coast Guard District 14, which covers Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa, according to a Coast Guard news release. 

 How To Ensure a Safe and Trouble-free Boating Season
Kansas City InfoZine Thu, 22 Mar 2012 06:16 AM PDT
March of 2012 has been a mild month, and anglers and recreational boaters are eager to get on the water. This means its time to prepare boats and trailers for a trouble-free boating season.

 VIDEO: Trenton Patch Hits the Water With the Wayne County Sheriff's Marine Unit
Trenton Patch caught up with the Wayne County Sheriff's Department for a few important, life saving tips on boater safety. By Nate Stemen Trenton Patch hit the water with the Wayne County Sheriff's Marine Unit Thursday for a first hand look at the ...

 Life jacket lending could buoy lake safety
Green Bay Press Gazette
Jim Zondlak, Kenosha Sport Fishing and Conservation Association board member, will be seeking formal approvals so the organization can set up a kiosk near the Simmons Island Marina dock station to house jackets that boaters can borrow for free while on .

 GEICO offers top 10 tips for boating safety
Business Wire Fri, 23 Mar 2012 07:34 AM PDT
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This boating season, millions of boaters will be taking to the nationâs waterways. GEICO Insurance Agency recommends the following safety tips to ensure that you and your guests have a safe time on the water. Always wear a life jacket â The U.S. Coast Guard requires that all recreational boats must carry one Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person aboard ... 

 Boaters Encouraged to Be Safe on Rivers
Chamberlain Oacoma Sun
PIERRE, SD – South Dakota rivers are filling with the rush of water from the spring snow melt, which can present extra challenges to boaters on those rivers. “The power of a rapidly running river can create interest among boaters, canoers and kayakers 

Select Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Stations to Open Ahead of Schedule
MarketWatch (press release)
Boaters are urged to wear Personal Floatation Devices, and to bring one for each person. History has shown that the chance of survival greatly increases if an individual is wearing a personal floatation device. Also, be sure to file a sail plan

Boating law changes; sheriff urges caution
Huron Daily Tribune Sat, 24 Mar 2012 05:50 AM PDT
BAD AXE â A measure signed into law Thursday by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has limited law enforcement officersâ ability to stop boaters.

Boater Education:

 U.S. Coast Guard to offer required boating certificates with safety course
Fairfield Sun Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:32 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 77 will be conducting a one-day course on boating safely at the South Benson Marina on April 1. The combined course meets the requirements for a Connecticut Safe Boating and PWC certificate, which is required of all Connecticut boaters. The permit allows boaters to operate power boats and personal watercraft in Connecticut. 

Singing River Sail & Power Squadron offers safe boating class in Gautier
The Mississippi Press Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:36 AM PDT
GAUTIER, Mississippi - Singing River Sail & Power Squadron will conduct its annual public boating class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24 ]at Coldwell Banker/Smith Homes on U.S. 90 in Gautier.  

 Safe boating class planned
Fremont News Messenger
MAUMEE -- The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-16 is offering a safe boating class from 8 am to 4 pm April 21 at American Legion Post 320, 204 Illinois Ave. Registration is $35. The State of Ohio requires all residents born after Jan.

 Outdoors calendar: Week of March 25
The Oregonian Sat, 24 Mar 2012 06:09 AM PDT
All programs free, unless noted. Boating Boating Skills and Seamanship: For experienced and novice boaters. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays through April 26. $40. Portland Water Pollution Lab, 6543 N. Burlington. $40. 971-270-0706 or Boater Safety Course: Boater card class & exam...

 Boating safety clinics planned
The State Journal-Register
By Anonymous Safe boating clinics will be held at City Water, Light and Power's Property Management Center, 200 East Lake Shore Drive, east of the Spaulding Dam Boat Launch. Courses are from 8 am to 1:30 pm April 14 and 21 and May 12 and 19.

 Boating safety classes set
The About Boating Safely course is being offered April 14 at Grand Lake St. Marys and May 12 at Indian Lake. Both sessions will begin at 8 am and end about 4:30 pm Lessons are designed for boaters of all ages and experience. Topics include boating laws ...


(Friday noon update) Police say hopes are fading that missing boater may be ...
Hawkesbury Gazette
Police have confirmed that is "highly unlikely" that 26-year-old Peter Reinhardt will be found alive after he went missing on Tuesday when his tinny overturned on the Nepean River near Yarramundi Bridge. Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson,

 Townsend's body found, investigation continues
Ocean City Today
Nicholas Townsend (March 23, 2012) A boater found the body of Nicholas Townsend in Assawoman Bay just north of the Route 90 bridge at about 12:30 pm Saturday. Searchers had tried to locate Townsend since he was reported missing March 2, after the canoe ...

 Boater Drowns Near Abbeville Co. Boat Ramp
WSPA Spartanburg Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:08 PM PDT
Boater Drowns Near Abbeville Co. Boat Ramp 

 Joseph: APBA Strict With Vintage Raceboats
Wheeling News Register
Three boaters were killed in two separate accidents at the Tavares Vintage Regatta in Tavares, Fla. - an event featuring the same type of boats seen for several years at the Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta. The two regattas, however, are sanctioned 

 Girl, 8, killed in boating accident
WJXT Jacksonville
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers said it happened on the St. Johns River at about 6 pm Officers said a group of people went boating and had returned to dock the boat. The driver of the boat missed the boat lift on the first ...


 Boaters reported missing on Lake Robinson in Darlington County
WPDE Myrtle Beach - Florence Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:27 PM PDT
Two people believed to be boating at Lake Robinson in Hartsville Friday have been reported missing.

Boating Accidents:

 Passing yacht pulls man out of water after collision
The Triton
They contacted the US Coast Guard on the single side-band, and by the time the yacht arrive on scene, the captain of the M/V Seagate had initiated an abandon ship. As they approached, the yacht crew could see a man in the water drifting behind one of ...

Man rescued from bay in SF after boat overturns
San Francisco Chronicle Fri, 23 Mar 2012 00:37 AM PDT
U.S. Coast Guard and a tugboat operator rescued a man after his boat overturned in the San Francisco Bay Thursday evening, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. The tugboat operator spotted the man, who was wearing a life... 

Court Report: Connecticut man pleads guilty to boating accident charges
The Inquirer and Mirror Thu, 22 Mar 2012 09:03 AM PDT
(March 22 , 2012) A young Greenwich, Conn. man was sentenced in Nantucket District Court Monday to a year of probation after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a hit-and-run boating collision off Madaket that sent two people to the hospital in August 2010. 

 Maine man rescued off coast of Colombia
Morning Sentinel Sat, 24 Mar 2012 06:56 AM PDT
A 69-year-old Maine man whose sailboat began taking on water is safe after being rescued off the coast of South America with some help from the U.S. Coast Guard

 Three sisters rescued from Pyramid Lake
CBS 47 Fresno Sat, 24 Mar 2012 08:03 AM PDT
CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) â The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says three sisters were treated for hypothermia after they were rescued from Pyramid Lake. Paul Schrader of the department's parks bureau says the girls were seen treading water in the main boating channel about 40 yards from shore at about 12:30 p.m. Friday. Schrader says deputies pulled the three, ages 21, 19 and 11, out of the .