Boating Safety Is For Life

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Boating Safety News

The judge also ordered him to take a U.S. Coast Guard boating safety class and perform 20 hours of community service with any nonprofit agency.
Use these tips to maintain personal safety and convenience during the cold ... Prepare to shovel out your water-stored boat if the white stuff falls. In fact ...
  I had to pay a fine of $2,350.00, perform 40 hours of community service and take a Coast Guard approved boating safety class. How could such a .
  The insurance company reminds you about Washington and Oregon requiring all boat operators to have a safety education card – no problem, you've 

Winterise engines in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations to prevent frost damage. 7. Drain any domestic water systems to prevent .
Want to help spread the word about boating safety? The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is seeking volunteers interested in serving their country and their ...
If the boat is over 39 feet but under 65 feet, it has to be a whistle. ... signals and make sure your boat is prepared with all the safety equipment needed.
As part of Safer Boating Week (October 14-21) the first of three new safer boating videos and a new safety guide were launched today (Saturday ...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Boating Safety News

 September 12, 2016 Safety Alert 13-16
Washington, DC

This safety alert reminds all inflatable life jacket users of the importance of performing periodic maintenance on their equipment. Instances of fatal accidents where inflatable life jackets failed to properly inflate have been documented. When a life jacket fails to inflate properly, the results can be life threatening. Unknown bladder leaks may exist, fabric degradation or an improperly installed CO2 cylinder is all it takes to render an inflatable life jacket ineffective by preventing its inflation or ability to stay inflated.

Various manufacturers of inflatable equipment will likely have different maintenance instructions for their products and directions for the user to service and inspect the devices. Knowing and following the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions are critical. Proper maintenance service and inspection will ensure all parts of the life jacket including the bladder, inflation mechanism and CO2 cylinder are checked and in good working order.

The Coast Guard highly recommends routine maintenance, service, and inspection in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

The following inflatable life jacket inspection guidance is for informational purposes only and does not supersede any manufacturer recommendations or instruction:
1) Each voyage, prior to getting underway:
a. If there is a service indicator check it to ensure it is GREEN. If the service indicator is RED the mechanism has been fired or is incorrectly fitted.
b. Check for visible signs of wear or damage by ensuring that there are no rips, tears or holes; that the seams are securely sewn; and that the fabric, straps and hardware are still strong.
c. For auto-inflating life jackets, ensure all auto components are armed and not expired. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, reveal the inflation system and oral inflation tube. Check that the CO2 cylinder is firmly secured. Examine it for rust or corrosion. If you remove the CO2 cylinder for inspection, be sure to carefully replace it without over-tightening.
d. Repack the lifejacket as per manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure the pull-tab lanyard is accessible and unlikely to be caught when being worn.
2) Periodic checks as recommended by the manufacturer or when in doubt:
a. Inflate the bladder using the oral tube and leave it overnight in a room with a constant temperature. If the bladder loses pressure, take the lifejacket to an authorized service center for further tests. Do not attempt to repair a life jacket yourself. If there is no obvious loss of pressure, deflate the life jacket by turning the cap of the inflation tube upside down and pressing it into the inflation tube. Gently squeeze the inflatable life jacket until all air has been expelled. To avoid damage do not wring or twist the life jacket.
b. Repack the lifejacket as per manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure the pull-tab lanyard is accessible and unlikely to be inadvertently snagged when being worn.
Store your life jacket in a dry, well ventilated location away from dampness and out of direct sunlight. It’s important to rinse your life jacket with fresh water after salt water exposure and dry it thoroughly prior to storage. If your life jacket is set for auto-inflation, remove the auto-inflation cartridge prior to rinsing. The life jacket manufacturer may have specific requirements, so read the instructions on the lifejacket.

This safety alert is provided for informational purpose only and does not relieve any domestic or international safety, operational, or material requirements. Developed by the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety and the Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis. Questions or comments may be sent to
Inspections and Compliance Directorate

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Boating Safety News

Similar to a VIN on a vehicle, the HIN is the number stamped on a boat by the manufacturer. This number must be identicle to the one on a boater's ..

The motorized yacht, carrying 30 people, flipped and sank Saturday afternoon 100 ... “Too many people for the boat's design caused it to be top-heavy.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Boating Safety News

In the U.S., alcohol is the leading primary cause of fatal boat crashes, ... whereas about 45,000 lifetime boating safety ID cards were issued last year, ...
  ... the boating capital of the world but now all those boaters need to know the basics of boating safety during a big storm. The most important lesson to ..
Safety failures led to the the death of a crewman who was thrown from a ... The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report said the vessel's ...
On the occasion, 15 boat operators who had received training from the GMA on technical ways of promoting safety on the Volta Lake were presented ..