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Coast Guard floatilla offering safe boating classes

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Coast Guard floatilla offering safe boating classes
News from Buffalo News:

YOUNGSTOWN – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-1 is offering “About Boating

Safely for 2015,” a boating class. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Officers Club of Fort Niagara, Youngstown on these upcoming Saturdays: March 21, April 11, April 25, May 16, May 30, June 20 and July 11.

According to newly adopted New York State law, all jet-ski operators and individuals born after 1996 must successfully complete this course to operate a boat in New York waters. You may be entitled to a 10 percent discount on your boat insurance.

Call Bob Hasse at 954-3453 or e-mail frhasse@gmail.com for more information.

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Richard Schwartz, boating association founder, dies at 85

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Richard Schwartz, boating association founder, dies at 85
News from Washington Post:

Richard Schwartz. (Courtesy of BoatUS)
February 24 at 8:22 PM

Richard Schwartz, who co-founded and then chaired the Boat Owners Association of the United States, a boat insurance and towing organization that has more than 500,000 members, died Feb. 11 at a hospital in Arlington. He was 85.

The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Beth Newburger Schwartz.

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Richard Schwartz, Who Sold Boating Group to Buffett, Dies at 85

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Richard Schwartz, Who Sold Boating Group to Buffett, Dies at 85
News from Bloomberg:

(Bloomberg) — Richard Schwartz, the lawyer who founded a boat insurance and towing operation and then sold it to Warren Buffett, has died. He was 85.

Schwartz died on Feb. 11 after a short illness, according to Scott Croft, a spokesman for the Alexandria, Virginia-based Boat Owners Association of the United States.

The organization traces its roots to the 1960s when a friend of Schwartz was given a ticket for improper engine compartment ventilation while on the Chesapeake Bay, which is bordered by Maryland and Virginia. Schwartz thought it was unfair. Lamenting the absence of an advocacy group for boaters, he decided to form one.

“We’ve become the largest boat owners’ organization in the U.S. and fought major boating battles along the way,” Schwartz said in a statement at the time of his retirement in 2013. “Boating should be a pleasure – not a hassle.”

The group, known as BoatUS, moved into retail, insurance and lending and grew to have more than 500,000 members. It pushed for improved safety on waterways and opposed taxes on diesel fuel and luxury watercraft.

The insurance program was created in 1967 to provide understandable policies, rather than “unintelligible, centuries-old, commercial ship language from Lloyd’s of London,” BoatUS said in a statement Friday announcing his death.

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Free boating safety course offered at the Detroit Boat Show

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Free boating safety course offered at the Detroit Boat Show
News from The Macomb Daily:

The Detroit Boat Show will feature a free boating safety course (Metro Newspaper Services).

The Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center, Feb. 14-22, is not only a place to shop but a place to learn.

As part of a partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Oakland County Marine Division, visitors to the show can take a free boating class sponsored by Yamaha.

�Not only is it smart to take a course to keep your friends and family safe on the water (but) passing this exam often accounts for discounts on your boat insurance,� said Detroit Boat Show manager Nicki Polan.

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Plus, those who finish the class will get one free tick to the show. Boaters young and old are invited to learn the rules of the water and other helpful safety tips for boating during the six hour seminar held Saturday, Feb. 21.

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Enjoy boating safely!

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Enjoy boating safely!
News from www.muskokaregion.com/?:

Bracebridge Examiner

Boat insurance is becoming a very hot topic amongst cottagers lately due to in part the rise in serious boat accidents. While boat owners are not legally obligated to purchase insurance, we as professional insurance brokers strongly recommend the purchase of insurance to protect owners and drivers against personal injury claims.

The most important contributors to boating safety are on-water boating courses, annual boat ‘check-ups,’ wearing Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) and refraining from alcohol. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

What is the prevention?

• Take an on-water boating course. The MLA, in partnership (with) BOATSmart!, offers a variety of group and/or individual programs at discounted rates. There are also other recognized pleasure craft schools such as Power Squadron. How do you know whether you are facing an oncoming boater’s port or starboard at night?  What action do you take? Ensure that you are you properly trained and equipped for night driving and navigation.

• Wear your life jacket! Almost 68 per cent of fatalities are adults!  

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How drunken boating — and other watery missteps — can cost you

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

How drunken boating — and other watery missteps — can cost you
News from Gaston Gazette:

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 15:12 PM.

What goes 60 mph and doesn’t require a driver’s license?

A Jet Ski.

Law enforcement keeps that in mind while patrolling the water on crowded holiday weekends like this one. A few things cops hope lake lovers are considering:

It’s like the highway, without lanes or licenses

So far this season, Sgt. Josh Hamlin with Gaston County Police said he’s seen three severe accidents involving a boat or Jet Ski. One man lost his foot.

North Carolina does not require a license to operate a boat or other watercraft.

But according to Hamlin, vehicles on the water can be just as dangerous as cars on the highway.

Hamlin wishes the law would require boaters to obtain an operator’s license. As it stands, only boaters 26 or younger are required to take a safety course before getting behind the wheel on the water.

Boating while impaired

Popping a top on a cold beer is second nature for some people who cruise area lakes and rivers. That casual pairing can come at a cost if the operator goes overboard — on the drinking, that is.

Hamlin says his department and several others will patrol the crowded waters on Lake Wylie and Mountain Island Lake this weekend.

Sitting behind the wheel of a boat carries the same responsibil…………… continues on Gaston Gazette

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Clayton man sentenced to probation for drunken boating accident that injured 5

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Clayton man sentenced to probation for drunken boating accident that injured 5
News from Insurance News Net:

By Brian Kelly, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

June 28–WATERTOWN — A Clayton man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to five years’ probation for causing serious injuries to three people while operating a boat while intoxicated.

Peter R. LaGrow, 66, of 419 James St., was also fined $ 500 and had his boating privileges suspended for a year after pleading guilty April 24 to second-degree vehicular assault and operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol. He entered his pleas using an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit to the underlying facts in the case, but was pleading guilty to avoid the possibility of a harsher sentence if convicted of the crimes at trial.

Mr. LaGrow was operating a 23-foot boat on the St. Lawrence River off Clayton about 12:45 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2011, when the boat struck a shoal near the Eagle Wing group of shoals and small islands. According to an indictment handed up in October, Mr. LaGrow was operating the boat with a blood alcohol content of 0.11 percent, above the state’s minimum legal level of 0.08 percent considered proof of intoxication.

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Clayton man sentenced to probation for drunken boating accident that injured 5

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Clayton man sentenced to probation for drunken boating accident that injured 5
News from Insurance News Net:

By Brian Kelly, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

June 27–WATERTOWN — A Clayton man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to five years’ probation for causing serious injuries to three people while operating a boat while intoxicated.

Peter R. LaGrow, 66, of 419 James St., was also fined $ 500 and had his boating privileges suspended for a year after pleading guilty April 24 to second-degree vehicular assault and operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol. He entered his pleas using an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit to the underlying facts in the case, but was pleading guilty to avoid the possibility of a harsher sentence if convicted of the crimes at trial.

Mr. LaGrow was operating a 23-foot boat on the St. Lawrence River off Clayton about 12:45 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2011, when the boat struck a shoal near the Eagle Wing group of shoals and small islands. According to an indictment handed up in October, Mr. LaGrow was operating the boat with a blood alcohol content of 0.11 percent, above the state’s minimum legal level of 0.08 percent considered proof of intoxication.

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BoatUS: Boating Community Comes Alive Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

BoatUS: Boating Community Comes Alive Memorial Day Weekend
News from Insurance News Net:

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) May 19, 2014

After the brutal winter, there’s a mad rush for boaters to get back on the water for the summer boating season’s annual kick-off, Memorial Day weekend. But the nation’s largest recreational boaters group, Boat Owners Association of The United States(BoatUS) says “not so fast,” and urges boaters to be prepared by following these five tips:

   •  Ensure all safety gear – life jackets, radio, flares and other items – are ready to go. If you have the newer, more comfortable inflatable life jackets, be sure to open them up, inspect and test by filling with air and let them sit overnight to ensure they will keep you buoyant. A free Vessel Safety Check is offered by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and US Power Squadrons and can be requested by going to http://www.safetyseal.net.
   •  Avoid a springtime sinking by ensuring any drive gear such as outdrive bellows (inboard/outboard), shaft packings (inboards), livewell and engine cooling plumbing, or through-hull fittings are not cracked, rotted or severely corroded. Boaters, in their rush to get back on…………… continues on Insurance News Net

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Anna Maria attorney who died in boating incident mourned by former player

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Anna Maria attorney who died in boating incident mourned by former player
News from Bradenton Herald:

EGMONT KEY — A lawyer and Anna Maria resident believed to have drowned in a boating accident off Egmont Key was described as a great, hard-working man who wanted to make an impact on the lives of youth.

Henry Hicks, 60, died Saturday afternoon while apparently trying to retrieve an anchor for the 27-foot Black Watch boat 3 miles west of Anna Maria Island.

As of Monday afternoon, an autopsy has not yet determined the cause of death.

“The case is going to remain pending for now,” said District 12 Medical Examiner Russell Vega. “It does appear likely to be a drowning, but we have all the usual tests that we like to perform and make sure that we can rule out any other things and identify contributing factors before finalizing the case.”

Hicks, originally from North Carolina, specialized in real estate law in the Tampa Bay area for more than three decades. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976 and earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School in 1979.

In 2001, Hicks opened TitleMark Title Insurance Agency in Tampa, which provides title insurance services, including real estate transactions and closing services. Hicks was a member of the Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund, Florida Bar Associa

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