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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Boating Safety and Accident News

Boating Safety News:

New Boating Rules Aim To Fight Zebra Mussels
With warmer weather on the way, you may be hoping to spend some time on our gorgeous lakes here in Central Texas. But boaters now have some ...
  Maryland Safe Boating course to be offered at library
CHESTERTOWN — The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will host a Maryland Safe Boating course at the Kent County Public Library from 9 a.m. to 12:30 ...
Boating safety classes scheduled in Sun Prairie, Verona, Stoughton, McFarland
Participants in Dane County's boating safety courses will receive a certificate and eventually this card upon successful completion of the course.
  Boating and water safety course set for April 12 at Muddy Run Park
The U. S. Coast Guard auxiliary flotilla 14-01 of Lancaster will be presenting a Pa. Basic Boating course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the ...
  At the Helm: Would your boat pass inspection? If asked if your boat would pass inspection you would probably be thinking ... In all fairness to the recreational boat building industry, there are some ..
I posted the above out of concern for a free exchange of opinions and ideas .  However I strongly disagree with the author opinions. 
"Unfortunately, on the day of the inspection I was very disappointed, because all that jerk checked was if the hull identification number was properly placed on the hull; the Coast Guard Maximum Capacities Placard was the correct size and style, and that my manufacturing log book of whom boats were sold to was up to date. He never checked, nor wanted to inspect anything else!"
Having worked closely with the US Coast Guard program for factory visits I strongly disagree. In the first place they are not inspections.  They are factory visits.  The entire purpose is to help the manufacturer comply.  The civilian contract employees have no enforcement authority whatsoever and  they are not marine surveyors. They can only report to the Coast Guard what they find. Also they can only look at those things that are required by some Federal regulation, If the boat is only required by law to have a Hull Identification number then that is all they are allowed to look for. If the boat has to meet fuel system or electrical systems then they look at those things and only the things required by law.  They are not allowed to look for things that are not covered by a law, such as hull construction. Calling the contractor a jerk is beyond rude, it is just plain insulting, and he is dead wrong about the Coast Guard testing for flotation and capacity. I used to run the program. Boats are purchased or volunteered by a manufacturer to be tested.  But the Coast Guard does not waste taxpayer money on boats they know will pass. They look for boats that may fail. This does not include of course new models volunteered r testing by a manufacturer.  The whole point is get boats corrected before they are sold to the public. or to find boats being sold that need to be corrected. If he thinks the standards are too lax then he should contact his Senator or Representative and get the law changed. 

Boating Fatalities and Missing:
Still no trace of Chesco woman, York man last seen boating on Susquehanna
Police are searching the Susquehanna River for Elizabeth Ann Dorsaneo of Thorndale, Chester County, and her boyfriend, a York County man whose ...
  Up to 90 people still searching for man missing after boating accident THE SEARCH FOR missing fisherman Darryl Burke is continuing almost a week after the boat he was on capsized on Lough Ree. The RNLI told ..
Missing boater found dead on SW AR lake
Missing boater found dead on SW AR lake. Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:39 PM EDT. Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:39 PM EDT.

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