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rights - Property rights when Boating

Boating Articles, Safety, Guides & Tips, "How To" Prevent and fix

Outboard record and racing - old article published 1958 in 'Outboard Boating'

Buying a boat via eBay - May be interesting If You Plan to Buy a Boat via the internet

Small Boat Sailing and Sail advice - Type of sailing, Traditional sailmaking and computer design

The best sailor's knifes

Mariner's Choice - Boat Serrated Knives

Serrated Knives and How To Sharpen - tips and vodeo

Safety issues for Fishing boats. In addition, this casualty illustrates the need to stow cargo properly, and immediately.

How to keep the boat during the winter. Check out what Boat Owners have to say.

Safety Equipment Services: Liferaft servicing and cost

Boat Registration & Documentation - to learn what the requirements are

USA Boating Safety course

Boat Articles, Guides, Commentary and archival articles & helpful information,care of gear and sails

 We promotes boating safety

Boating safety School

PWCSafetySchool.com used USPS' Jet Smart materials to build the course curriculum.

These materials cover launching a PWC, boating rules, reading signs and rights-of-way.

Additional content was developed and reviewed to meet NASBLA specifications. Since states have different laws regarding PWC operation. PWC Safety School com has an ongoing relationship with many states. Each participating state has state specific information on the Web site, and links are provided for states with mandatory online PWC courses or in-class proctored exams. (Some states charge a fee for online boat- ing/PWC courses.)

"Each state has different laws regarding hours of operation, age of operation and other factors." said Leader. "We have been working with NASBLA members, both boating law administrators and education coordinators, to provide boaters with that information."

The majority of the test questions are general PWC/boating questions with the remainder being state-specific. When the test is complete, a software program automatically tallies the score. When PWC operators pass the test, they are prompted to fill out a form with their name, address, selfdescriptors (height, weight, and eye and hair color), date of birth and Social Security number.

PWCSafetySchool.com course consists of an educational handbook and lest that cover launching a PWC. boating rules, reading signs and right-of-ways. The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions: 50 are general PWC/boating questions and 10 are state-specific. After the test is com- plete. ClearLearning Test Pilot, a software program designed specifically for online learning, tallies the score. When a PWC operator passes the test (by getting 85 percent correct), he or she can download a temporary certificate. PWCSafetySchool.com will issue a laminated "handlebar diploma" with boating safety reminders that can be attached to a PWC. The information from the PWC operator's form is sent electronically to the boating safety office of states that issue their own certificates. To get the word out. PWCSafetySchool.com has created bookmarks that can be distributed by marine patrol officers and has created a PowerPoint presentation that USPS squadrons, marine patrol officers and stale boating officials may use when talking about the course and personal watercraft safety. The PWCSafetySchool.com course is designed to help create a positive boating experience for all and to instill in PWC users a complete understanding of boating laws and safe PWC operation.



Boating safety plans by senator Morrison

Morrison's boating plans. Read the full article here: www.dailyherald.com/article/20130409/news/704099771/

One of senator's plans would revoke for 3 months the boat driver's license
of someone who's twice convicted of piloting a powerboat under the influence of drugs & alcohol.
But senator Morrison's legislation would take away car privileges, too.

I been on that Chain for 25 years and drove every size boat from 21'to 38 foot sport cruiser. No body should have been out on that lake tubing on a weekend,specially renters due too the fact they don't know the right of way with other size boats.I'm not sure but when the boy have his hand up while he was in the water,I also understand he was close to the mouth of the channel right where the boats throttle up and make a mad dash to get in the front,also it's not the Indy 500 out there either.Most novice boaters don't get the bow down guick enough when they pull what I call "The hole shot ".When I'm coming out of the channel I look around go over to the left or right before I take off,and I damn sure I get the bow down on smaller boats and trimmed quick.On the 38 footer the bows don't rise at least not mine I had Bravo drive on it,which means the whole boat will rise and you have clear vision.Where I used to work I found Out from The Maintenance assistant that the man whose piloting the boat that killed the child was his Neighbor, when he found out it was him he put the boat away, cause the lived in the city then went up north to his cabin.My point is Don't punish the people that live on the chain and have boated on the chain for over 20 years and know the rules,both of these families had no business being out without knowing the rules.It's a tragedy, but which family do you blame, the one tubing by a busy channel,or the family that has owned a boat who didn't have the smarts to know the rules of OUR CHAIN OF LAKES,Need I say that the family that was tubing also rented the Pontoon.I feel they where both at fault and the law makers shouldn't punish us responsible Boaters.-John Nichols

The city and other outlaying area to our waters and have no idea how to use them. You can look at it as give a 10 year-old the keys to your car and say good luck sure they might have an idea on. How to do it but maybe some training should be in order............I don't understand why this family can't take responsiblity for there own actions.Because all in all if they where not out on our lakes this never would of happened....-Joey C. Jerome

We can't keep stupid people off our waterways but lets push to educate them and the rental company's should start to have heat coming down on them. The stories about the people who rent the boats are horrifying and the lack of direction they give family's who rent their boats is even more scary. When I was 19 I learned how to boat on a rental boat in Augusta GA. I had to take a boaters safety course before I could rent the boat. It took an hour of my time but was well worth it.- Greg Tamlin

Hatyana was in fact intoxicated at the time of the accident and tested positive for cocaine in his system. He, despite the rest of the boats, hit the kid that fell off of the tube. Had Hatyana been sober and not tested for cocaine in his sytem, it would be a different story. Instead, he was a seasoned Chain boater, and this was not his first offense. Then the guy gets arrested after departing his plane coming back from Vegas???-Eric Janus

The safety checks and OUI checks and OUI consequences have already been brought to a very high standard. tightening the leash on the boating community wouldn't have saved the boys life. but i have personally seen several accidents or near accidents due to uneducated boaters and rental boaters. education could have definitely prevented the child from losings his life - Malissa Bader

Flag did give a thought though- change the Chain to operate like beaches. On especially busy boating days, use a big red warning slash flag on the lake signs you see as you enter and leave the channels. If you see a big X- that means no skiing / tubing anymore that day on that lake- just like they do on beaches for dangerous surf or undertow days or WHEN WATER IS DANGEROUS TO BE IN. That way, when 'caring families' rent a boat to drag their child across heavy traffic, you can take judgment out of the equation and make policing the lakes for irresponsible boaters much easier for all the agencies on the water. Let the FWA do the thinking for you- day gets busy = red flags up = tubing or skiing family gets arrested. Now the lakes are safer for everyone! Laws are created to protect the masses from dangerous situations. I don't think any responsible boaters would see the flags- look out on the water to see hundreds of boats and think how unfair it is! Something like this in place may have saved Tony's life (and further remove those from the waters that see hundreds of boats going back and forth and think 'hmmm- this is a perfect spot for tubing!)-Michael Robert

Boater safety and regulations, Boating Laws, marine industry and the legislation

If you live on or near the lakes, please help it survive and all the familes that depend on its revenue. what you mean?

Safety fishing

Fishing around storms - many anglers associate the change in pressure with increased activity

Only with a pool of knowlage can we arm ourselves and be safe. - everything starts to hum and there sea strikes 500 yards away.....i say to myself there isnt much information nor designed engineering about consoles and strikes....and i know is ive heard of deaths.....

When a storm only leaves you one way to run...you better run. There's a TON of boaters out there that think their testosterone will get them thru a lightning storm. They won't think that for long.....once they learn. They're also a BLAST to watch at the boat ramp. Pure entertainment.....

If you get into trouble, who has to risk their lives to save yours if it all goes wrong and you end up in trouble? One life lost is too many and you want someone to come and save you for your stupidity.

See a storm brewing or a weather change, go home and come back another time. That way everyone is safe.

Safety at Sea & Seminars

These Safety at Sea Seminars are designed for cruising sailors who plan to head offshore.

Every boater who plan to do so should make a point of attending one with their crew.

Safety at Sea seminars originated at the US Naval Academy for the midshipman sailing program. Today, there are about 10 Cruising World Safety At Sea seminars a year, offered at sites all around the country, and sponsored by US Sailing and West Marine.

Cruising World

Hosting a seminar in your town is a matter of calling Cruising World to request a planning guide. The planner is a guideline for exactly what is involved and details what you need to do to have a successful seminar day.

These day-long seminars are designed by experts to prepare you not only for an offshore voyage with the potential of heavy sea weather, but to go through scenarios that can occur at any time onboard, learn how to avoid trouble and what to do if you can’t.

Each seminar is presented and overseen by a certified Safety At Sea Moderator and recommended speakers who are experts in their fields. A typical seminar program would include presentations on heavy weather sailing-with lessons learned from recent weather crises, power and sail boat and crew preparation, weather information sources, US Coast Guard rescue procedures, fire safety afloat, abandon ship procedures, safety equipment review, seasickness preparation, flare demonstrations, life raft demonstrations, and crew overboard recovery technique.

How to organize

US Sailing, West Marine, and Cruising World are committed to assisting you in getting the word out on safety and making your Safety at Sea seminar a success.

The first step is obtaining and reviewing their seminar Planning Guide.

The Planning Guide is a 20-30 page step by step Safety at Sea guide that covers all aspects of putting together a successful Safety at Sea Seminar including:

- Guidelines for hosting a seminar, seminar setting,physical requirements i.e.: building size, parking, lunch, lighting and sound, equipment, vendors.

- How to have on-water demonstrations.

List of moderators and speakers guideline to pricing, sales, grants publicity including a disk containing sample press releases and formats for posters, and a time frame for how far in advance of the seminar the publicity needs to begin presentation preparation, development, delivery, format.

The US Sailing Safety at Sea Coordinator is available online, by phone, fax and e-mail at any time during business hours to consult with you, guide you through the process, and answer any questions you could possible have.

Boating Etiquette Tips - Certain boating etiquette and Rules of boating

Safety Gear and Maintenance

To practice self-reliance, however, indicates that the boat owner and crew are prepared to face any and all emergency situations. From mechanical breakdowns, medical emergencies and crew overboard incidents to fires or other on-the-water crises, all boaters need to be prepared to deal with anything that comes their way.

By its very nature, boating places us in an environment that differs greatly from our normal shoreside one and out of immediate contact with emergency personnel. People love their boats for those very reasons, they can get away from their normal routine and be self reliant.

So important is this basic need that the "US Coast Guard" mandates lifejackets, fire extinguishers, flares, bells and other gear on every boat in US waters. But these requirements are only the most basic of emergency gear and it is axiomatic that the farther boaters cruise from professional assistance, the more prepared they need to be.

Special safety gear exists to contend with nearly every type of boating emergency that could possibly come to pass. The great thing about safety gear is that most boaters fortunately never use it. As a result, much of the gear purchased to deal with possible future disasters is tucked away and forgotten, and this tendency presents special problems when the equipment is needed suddenly.

Below are some thoughts on maintaining safety gear so that it will function as it was designed to in a panic situation.

Note:Read all the owner's manuals until you understand what the piece of gear is designed to do and how it does it. If the equipment requires registration to be 100 percent useful, like a 406 EPIRB, do not fail to fill out the forms and send them in. Create a special maintenance log or a special section in your ship’s log for safety gear and enter items of recommended maintenance in it, it’s especially easy to forget items that have to be done at long intervals such as a liferaft repack.

Familiarizing yourself with new equipment is critical, having the piece of gear does you no good in a crisis if you don’t know how to operate it. Take the time to work with a new piece of gear until you feel comfortable that you will be able to operate it properly in a panic situation. Obviously, you won’t be able to shoot off flares or deploy the liferaft but you can attend a safety-at-sea seminar where these items are demonstrated. You can practice with fire extinguishers if you’re willing to have them recharged, which is inexpensive. Every safety authority recommends that COB (crew overboard) recovery procedures be practiced on a calm day so that the skills are choreographed if one of the crew does go over the side in less than ideal conditions.

Mounting new safety gear is extremely important and deserves special attention. Panic can escalate rapidly in an emergency and trying to locate a piece of gear that is hidden in the bottom of a locker can cause even more confusion, wasting precious seconds. COB gear and retrieval systems should be immediately available, and a liferaft should be mounted so that the smallest person on board can launch it. The wood plugs for stopping damaged thru-hulls should be tied to each seacock so they are instantly visible and at hand. Lifejackets should have their own container from which they can be quickly grabbed. Fire extinguishers and EPIRBs should be clearly visible and easy to remove from their brackets.

Check the operation of safety gear frequently, as mechanical items that are seldom used tend to fail most often. Gear stamped with an expiration date such as flares, fire extinguishers, underwater epoxy, or first aid medications should be serviced or replaced on a schedule kept in the log. Hidden items should be checked at least yearly and things like the line to the COB retrieval system inside its bag, the flag on the COB pole inside its holder or the CO2 canisters tucked into their pockets on inflatable life jackets. Seldom used gear such as drogues or sea anchors should be removed from their bags, inspected and repacked before each offshore voyage to prevent lines from becoming tangled.

Anything that has a battery, including COB strobes, signaling lights, the GPS or handheld VHF in the abandon ship bag should have the battery compartment cleaned and the batteries replaced at least once each year. Metal items such as the snaps on tethers and jacklines, the buckles on harnesses, firing pins on inflatable PFDs or the buckles on harnesses need to have corrosion removed and an occasional coating of lubricant. Items made of cloth or webbing such as harnesses and lifejackets need to be cleaned in mild soap to prevent damage from mildew.

Spares should be carried for all safety gear that need special parts unless you never leave the dock for more than one day. Many items such as flashlights and personal strobes should have spare batteries and bulbs readily available. Valves and CO2 canisters for auto-inflating PFDs should be on board to rearm one that's been used. The farther you go and the longer you cruise, the more spares you need to carry since specialty parts can be hard to find in remote locations.

Safety issues for Fishing boats. In addition, this casualty illustrates the need to stow cargo properly, and immediately.

The fees

The most courses are free, including those sponsored and conducted by volunteers in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the US Power Squadrons. These two organizations offer classes in thousands of locations throughout the US and Canada. There may be a small fee to cover the cost of books and materials, but instruction is free.

Advanced classes at private schools, or those that use boats for on-the-water instruction usually have some fees attached. But even for these types of classes, some municipalities, yacht clubs and boating organizations offer free or very low-cost instruction.

“Graduates” are given certificates of completion for use in meeting state boating education requirements and for obtaining insurance discounts. In addition to the basic courses, advanced courses are also available covering such topics as Navigation, Piloting, Maintenance, Electronics, Safety, Celestial Navigation, Cruise Planning and Passagemaking. Advanced courses usually have minimal fees and materials charges.

the operating regulations

he US Coast Guard sets minimum equipment requirements for boats in US waters based on the length of the boat and where it is used. Requirements for items such as lifejackets, fire extinguishers and distress signals are intended to enhance boaters’ safety and to increase the likelihood of rescue and survival in a boating emergency.

The US Coast Guard also enforces the operating regulations outlined in Navigation Rules, International-Inland. Also referred to as COLREGS, or collision regulations, the rules govern boats operating in sight of one another and in certain visibility conditions; requirements for lights, shapes and sound signals and radiotelephone regulations. The Inland rules govern the operation of recreational and commercial vessels operating on navigable inland waters and western rivers in the US and Great Lakes. The International Rules govern the operation of ships in coastal and offshore waters.

The Coast Guard also enforces environmental laws aimed at protecting the marine environment from oil spills, sewage, toxic materials and other hazards.

Registration, numbering and titling

States govern boat registration, numbering and titling. They also regulate some aspects of boat operation. State boating law enforcement officers patrol state waterways, enforcing laws that apply to waterskiing, operator age, personal watercraft, boating under the influence (BUI), hunting and fishing and other regulations. They also respond to boating accidents and emergencies.

Many states have mandatory boater education laws that require boat operators to complete an approved boating safety course. States may also have equipment requirements that go beyond federal requirements, such as mandatory lifejackets for waterskiers and children.