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National Safe Boating Council launches navigation website
Boating Industry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article, a new on-the-water navigation rules website, provides boaters with tools designed to help them become more aware of on-the-water navigation rules and enjoy a safer time on the water. The website's approach is to relate the "rules of the road," and apply them to teach boating safety. In addition to providing boaters with a basic awareness resource, the website provides links to organizations that offer boating safety courses in the boater's area. More

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Think boating safety: There is no time like the present
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary via ABA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is something that every boat owner can be doing during the down time between winterizing your boat and getting ready for the upcoming season. Think Boating Safety! There is no time like the present to examine the past boating season, and plan for the next. Review a list of removable or portable safety equipment. While not all inclusive, it should cover the majority of the equipment you have, whether federally or state mandated or just common sense items.

Hybrid technology moves from road to water
Capital News Service via The Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hybrid engines aren't just for cars anymore. Hybrid engine systems are slowly catching on with environmentally conscious sailors, replacing less-fuel efficient diesel motors on sailboats. The setup — a diesel generator paired with an electric motor — allows sailors to stay out on the water longer, bypassing the need to return to the dock each night to recharge. And it burns less fuel than a diesel motor by itself, pumping out a fraction of the pollution. More

Early season boaters warned of cold-water immersion risks
The Urbana Daily Citizen    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Watercraft advises boaters to take precautions to reduce the effects of cold-water immersion should people unexpectedly fall into the icy cold water. The risks associated with a cold-water immersion for unprepared people can result in death if a boat capsizes or a person falls overboard. Properly loading a boat and not overloading it with people and gear is an important first step to reduce the chances of a boat capsizing. More

Safe boating: Take precautions to avoid watercraft accidents
Tampa Bay Newspapers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Personal watercraft have seen a virtual explosion in use since they were first introduced in 1973, and it is easy to understand why. They are relatively modest in price and operating costs, versatile and fun to operate or simply take a ride. The downside is they are also very dangerous if proper care is not taken and/or if an inexperienced person is operating a PWC. More

Get to the fish faster with these bait-catching tips
Bradenton Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As spring rolls around, most anglers will be out early to start their fishing days with their favorite cast nets in hand. When enough is caught, the real fishing will commence. While location is very important, you'll often see a dozen boats in the same area catching bait. Some leave sooner than others, catching it a little quicker. Here are a few ways to catch bait faster and start fishing sooner. More

Fishing the Midwest: Get ready for open-water fishing
The Globe Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It looks like open-water fishing could arrive sooner this year than in the past. In reality, for some folks across the Midwest, the open-water season never ends. Rivers that have large dams can provide year-round open-water fishing. However, most of us hang up the open-water equipment for a couple of months in the winter. Now it's time to get that equipment ready to go fishing. More

Permits could be required for large gatherings of boats in Maryland
Southern Maryland Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources wants to require large gatherings of boats to obtain permits because of the strain on police caused by large lake events. The department said officers are especially important at these events because of the number of boats present and the dangerous situations that individuals often put themselves into because they've been drinking. A new bill in the Maryland General Assembly would make it mandatory for these marine gatherings to obtain a permit. More

Lake Norman, N.C., Marine Commission considers regulating companies that rent boats
The Charlotte Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
North Carolina's Lake Norman Marine Commission intends to establish its first rules governing boat rentals, after a Charlotte woman was seriously injured when the propeller of a 24-foot rental piloted by an inexperienced driver ran into her last summer. The commission is forming a panel to recommend rules for a new ordinance governing rentals on the lake. The ordinance could address such issues as insurance, training and whether instructional rides are needed before a renter can take a boat on the lake. More

Time to start preparing for new season
The Royal Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It is time to get ready for a season that may burst onto the scene a lot sooner than we think. Now is an ideal time to do the routine boat maintenance and to start checking on fishing gear. This is when new line, etc. should be put on reels and drags checked, not the day before the opening tournament. More

Woman launches sailing program for people with disabilities
Shore News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a youngster in the 1990s, Jessica Servis spent as much of her childhood as she could close to the waters that surrounded New Jersey's Cape May County, enjoying fishing, crabbing and especially sailing. And now the Mays Landing resident wants to share that experience with as many people as possible, especially those with special needs, through her Just-Sailing program. Servis hopes to change their situation for at least an hour a week with a trip on the open water. More

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