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Boaters’ first responsibility is safety

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Boaters’ first responsibility is safety
News from Baltimore Sun:

As boaters and marine enthusiasts we were saddened to read of the uptick in deaths on the water this season ( Aug. 10).

Boating is a passion. Once you’re away from shore and breathing in the salty air, a sense of freedom is palpable. It’s easy to get swept away in the excitement of going out for a trip without much forethought, but boaters must plan ahead to ensure they return safely and in the same good spirits.

A boater’s license is easy to obtain, but understanding weather patterns, checking mechanical and safety equipment, and most of all, taking the perils of the water seriously, are vital skills for a captain. While he or she is primarily responsible for those on board, it’s also important to train your passengers on personal safety. Not only that, but you should take a moment to remind them of how to behave and how to react to danger every time they travel on your vessel. Your guests will ultimately respect you more for your leadership and instruction.

Each passenger should have at least a basic understanding of how to call for help, where…………… continues on Baltimore Sun

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Boat safety checks will be performed Saturday

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Boat safety checks will be performed Saturday
News from Camas Washougal Post Record:

Free boat safety checks will be provided on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Clark County Operations Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver.

Trained specialists from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary will check to see if all required items are on-board. If everything is present and in good working order, the boat owner will be awarded a decal that can be affixed to the vessel.

Examiners have no legal authority. Their goal is to prevent boaters from getting equipment related citations and to reduce safety related accidents.

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SML resident advocates tirelessly for boat safety

Monday, February 16th, 2015

SML resident advocates tirelessly for boat safety
News from Smith Mountain Eagle:

Randy Stow has a passion for water safety.  He has served on the water safety council, the Smith Mountain Lake Association and the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission.  

Stow is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.  He graduated with a degree in engineering science from Florida State in 1971.  From 1971 to 1976, Stow served in the Navy as a line officer, mostly in Norfolk, Virginia.  

His time in the Navy was an impetus for him to consider the value of water and boating safety.  For the next 32 years, he pursued a career with Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria, Illinois.  His assignments mainly focused on product support and field engineering.  Stow’s tenure at Caterpillar Tractor took him to a variety of international destinations.

He lived for three years in Stockholm, five years in Australia and two years in Russia.  Most of the time, his family got to travel with him.

“I loved them all.  I had a great experience in all of them,” Stow said

It also gave his children a “wonderful perspective,” Stow added.  In his spare time, he participated in sailboat racing.  

Stow and his wife, Judy, came to SML in 2009.  They live on the lakefront in the Gills Creek area.  

“Having grown up in the southeast, I was anxious to get back to the southeast for re…………… continues on Smith Mountain Eagle

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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.


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.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard�s 201…………… continues on The Macomb Daily

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Ex-Dolphins fullback swims nine miles to safety after boat accident

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

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Talking Marine Insurance and Safety With the Nation’s Work Boat Owners

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Talking Marine Insurance and Safety With the Nation’s Work Boat Owners
News from Boothbay Register:


Friday, December 12, 2014 – 10:00am

Gene McKeever.

Gene McKeever, a marine insurance specialist from Allen Insurance and Financial recently attended the annual International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans, where he gave a workshop to conference participants on disaster planning and risk management.

Conference presenters are screened by the conference organizers well in advance of the event. McKeever’s session was held on the conference’s keynote stage following a conference keynote speech by Capt. Richard Phillips.  McKeever has been writing a column for WorkBoat magazine since 2008.

McKeever was joined at the conference by Allen Insurance and Financial colleagues Chris Richmond, marine insurance specialist, and Dan Bookham, the agency’s business development director. They connected at the show with a number Maine-based companies also in attendance as well as national clients and insurance company representatives.

Allen Insurance and Financial is an employee-owned insurance and financial p…………… continues on Boothbay Register

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Michigan House passes boat safety bill

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Michigan House passes boat safety bill
News from WLKM Radio:

Michigan’s House of Representatives last week approved legislation sponsored by State Rep. Matt Lori that makes boating safer on Michigan’s lakes and rivers.
A pair of House bills calls for lowering the blood-alcohol content level for boaters from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent, the same as operators of motor vehicles. Legislation in the package does the same for snowmobilers and operators of off-road vehicles.
Lori said people operating boats and other watercraft should be able to relax and enjoy Michigan’s natural resources, but also show responsibility.
Lori recalled a case in 2005 on Donnell Lake in Cass County, where 7-year-old Ryan Zielinski was killed when a personal watercraft operator ran over the child’s tube. The driver of the watercraft had a BAC that would have gotten him arrested for drunken driving if he was operating a motor vehicle. County officials were unable to prosecute the watercraft driver as severely as they would have been able to if he were driving a car.
The Lori-sponsored bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

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Snowbirds: Don’t Forget Insurance, Towing and Safety ‘Provisions’

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Snowbirds: Don’t Forget Insurance, Towing and Safety ‘Provisions’
News from Insurance News Net:

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 23 — The Boat Owners Association of the United States issued the following news release:

As their annual migration south approaches, sail and powerboat cruisers are stocking their boat’s lockers, checking systems and taking inventory of spare parts. But that’s not the only preparation these cruising “snowbirds” will need to do, says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). They need to look at their boat’s insurance policy, should strongly consider having an on water towing service, and rent an EPIRB for those taking an offshore route.

“Checking insurance paperwork, towing and communications gear may not be as exciting as stocking the boat, but they can make or break the trip south,” said BoatUS spokesman Scott Croft. Are you covered? Your boat’s insurer will need to know when you are outside the “home waters” named on your policy, and waiting to the last minute can be a pain because they may require additional payment or delay a departure date by requiring a rigging or engine survey – so do this early. Croft says the BoatUS insurance program offers upfront “no-hassle” cruising limit extensions for popular cruising destinations that can be set up at the beginning of a boat’s insurance policy. “This one-time approval gives the boater the coverage they need, eliminates surprises and takes away…………… continues on Insurance News Net

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Dr. Zorba Paster: Boat safety starts with life jackets

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Dr. Zorba Paster: Boat safety starts with life jackets
News from La Crosse Tribune:

I was on Lake Mendota in Madison recently, enjoying a little jaunt in a little boat. I didn’t give much thought to drowning until a motor boat came zooming by, its wake causing our small craft to wobble more than I was comfortable with.

We held on, but it was scary. Was I wearing a life jacket? Nope. Had I been enjoying a drink? Yep — I’d had my Guinness, though I was far from drunk. I’m a decent swimmer, but I wasn’t Boy Scout-prepared, was I?

Several years ago, I rafted down the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park, trying something a bit gutsier than my usual cautious self does. It started with a 10-mile hike down the park’s Bright Angel Trail (4,300 feet down), ending at Phantom Ranch.

Majestic doesn’t begin to describe it. If you love to hike, if you love water, if you want excitement, this is the trip for you.

At noon, the six of us and a guide climbed into our inflatable boat, and off we went. Unfortunately, one hour later, we capsized. I was underwater for 45 seconds.

A digression here: If you ever find yourself unexpectedly underwater, start counting. That way you’ll know how long you are really under. At about 30 seconds I thought, “Gee, I bet I can take a teeny breath.” But my brain reached out and said, “No way.”

But back to Lake Mendota. Could I really drown there? Yes, I could.

On…………… continues on La Crosse Tribune

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State officials urge boat safety for July 4th

Friday, July 4th, 2014

State officials urge boat safety for July 4th
News from Online Athens:

SOCIAL CIRCLE | State officials are urging boat safety this July 4th and reminding boaters of a new law requiring them to complete an education course approved by the Department of Natural Resources.

Officials say rangers will be working “to keep the lakes and rivers safe and patrolling for those who make poor decisions and unsafe choices.”

The new law took effect on July 1 and requires anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, must complete the course before operating a motorized vessel on state waters. The law also requires anyone renting a boat or personal watercraft to watch a short video and complete a safety checklist unless they have completed a boater education course.

Officials say 40 boating incidents so far this year have resulted in three deaths and 28 injuries.

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