Boating Safety Is For Life

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Boating Safety News

This is a repost of two posts  I made on Carbon Monoxide poisoning.  I think it needs to be said again:

New Boatbuilders on Carbon Monoxide.   It's that time of the year when people start thinking about getting out on the boat, enjoying the sunshine and the water. Soon it will be warming up and the hot summer days will be upon us.  This also means air conditioning, and running generators.  Running the generator produces carbon monoxide.  This is unfortunately something few people think about when out boating, especially on a nice sunny day, or when you are out waterskiing or wakeboarding.

There are a few deaths each year from carbon monoxide and houseboats, particularly rental houseboats, which seem to get all the press when this happens, but it can happen on any boat powered by an internal combustion engine.

A quick list of things to be aware of.

Gasoline engines produce lots of Carbon Monoxide, especially if they are older or out of tune. Keep them tuned up and make sure they are getting adequate air to run correctly.

Carbon Monoxide is odorless and colorless so you don't know when it is present. Install a detector with an alarm.

CO poisoning can happen on open boats, sailboats and enclosed cabin boats; in plain words on almost any boat with an internal combustion engine or other device that creates CO.

Carbon monoxide can cause death or severe brain damage.

Some things to do.

Do shut off the engine when you aren't actually using it.  This reduces fuel consumption and carbon monoxide.

Do buy a marine carbon monoxide detector and install it on your boat.

Read the warning labels on your boat or in the owners manual.

Become familiar with the symptoms.  They are very much like sea sickness, so be cautious.

Ventilate the interior of your boat well, especially when running downwind or when running air conditioning.


Don't teak surf (holding onto the swim platform while being towed behind the boat) this can be deadly.  Also towing skiers or wakeboards on a short towline has resulted in CO poisoning.

Don't run the engine while picking up skiers or wakeboarders. There is not only a danger of CO poisoning there is the danger of them being hit by the prop.

Don't sit or lie down on the swim platform while the engine is running.

Some boats have a sunbathing area on top of the engine hatch. Don't use it when the engine is running.

Don't dive or swim under the swim platform on large boats or houseboats.  Exhaust gets trapped there and the amount of CO is deadly.

Don't run your Air Condtioning at night while sleeping, or heaters that use up oxygen.  If it is so cold or hot that you have to heat or cool make sure the boat is well venitlated and you have a CO alarm.  (this is a big cause of CO deaths on boats.)

This is just the beginning.  Do some research on the internet. Google carbon monoxide and you will get thousands of hits.  Narrow it by adding the keyword boat.  Here are some links on CO

New Boat Builders on Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide Kills  
USCG On Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Monoxide Warning Pamphlet - NMMA USCG & ABYC

Houseboat-Associated Carbon Monoxide Poisonings on Lake Powell --- Arizona and Utah, 2000 : Center for Disease Control
Carbon Monoxide Pamphlet Boating Sidekicks
Carbon Monoxide Alert David Pascoe-Yacht

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Carbon Monoxide


Carbon monoxide suspected in deaths
Put safety first in finding ways to stay warm, officials plead

Casualties from Tuesday's massive ice storm continued to climb across Kentucky yesterday, as six people died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning -- including three found dead at their western Louisville home with a generator running in the garage.
Last night, Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jack Arnold identified the victims as William Matthews, 62, his wife, Beverly Matthews, 54, and their adopted daughter, Mona Stephens, 46.

Be careful. Carbon Monoxide is not just a threat on boats. Anywhere that exhaust fumes can be confined, there is a threat of CO accumulating and killing the occupants.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Boating Safety News

Water Police urge safety and caution on Victorian waterways as temperatures rise
He also urged boating enthusiasts to ensure all their safety gear was on board and in working order, to carry a fully charged mobile phone on board, .

  Falling overboard can be deadly
Boating safety is no accident. To further develop your boating knowledge, proficiency and confidence take America's Boating Course offered by the ...
  Joint state-wide safety operation launched as boating season officially opens
NSW Police Force, Roads and Maritime Services, and NSW Crime Stoppers have launched a state-wide safety compliance operation as the boating ...
  Safety not just a slogan: Be prepared on the water
“It is really important that people are able to help and that means having some knowledge of boating safety. I want to make people aware of the ...
  Majority of boaters take the safe option
The first NSW statewide boating safety operation of 2015-16 has revealed that the wearing of lifejackets is still the number one safety issue for boaters.
  Product Review: US Coast Guard Mobile App The app's intent is to provide a single-source of boating safety information, and that it does well. There are icons providing access to menus for State ..
  Gas safety engineer's dodgy work killed family, court told A GAS safety engineer fitted a dodgy power supply in a boat which ... Boat owner Matthew Eteson, 42, installed the petrol-driven system on board his
  Coast Guard urging boaters to be cautious as it gets colder
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard is reminding fishermen, boaters and paddlers around New York to be extra careful as the air and water ...
  Injury count up to 12 after boat explosion in Havasu's Bridgewater Channel
In a heroic effort, Jason Montgomery, who was on a neighboring boat, ... Also the safety crew from the jet ski show came in on a Sea-Doo came and .
. Panel talks ways to improve boater safety
Maria L. Sachs conducted a forum on how to improve boating safety ... Panelists said every boat is supposed to have flares and fire extinguishers.
. Governor signs Frazier legislation to improve boat, waterway safety “This bill was supported by a broad coalition of boaters, boating safety officers and the State Lands Commission, because it was clear that we need an ..
  Cause of death of 8-year-old Edina girl: carbon monoxide poisoning
On Lake Minnetonka, the Minnetonka Power Squadron hosts public boating safety classes that include how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.