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How the Pandemic Affected Boating

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A Dive Into the 2020 U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Statistics Reveal How the Pandemic Affected Boating in Ways Just Beginning to be Understood. ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 16, 2021 – The  U.S. Coast Guard recently released the 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics , and reports of accidents, fatalities and injuries were significantly up over the prior year. While still under review, the Coast Guard believes that the primary driving factor for the significant increase in deaths was the significant increase in boating activity. The nonprofit  BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water  looks at some select data points in the report and offers some lessons for the future, long after America has put the pandemic in the rearview mirror. A change in the top five reasons for accidents:  In 2020, the top five reported contributing factors in accidents were 1. operator inattention, 2. operator inexperience, 3. improper lookout, 4. excessive speed and 5. machinery failure. “Machinery failure

Are You A Newbie to Boating?

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If you just bought a new boat or you’re thinking about buying one for the first time, or if you're renting a boat for the day or tagging along on a friend's boat, we have some good news for you: on top of being flat-out fun,  research has proven that boating is good for your health and mind . But like any new experience, someone who’s not an experienced boater may have a bit of anxiety over casting off the lines for the first time. Never fear, dear new-to-boating boater—we’re here to help. Here's some tips that will help ensure your first-time out on a boat is a fun, safe, and rewarding experience. 1. Keep It Safe You knew that was coming, didn’t you? Boating is actually an incredibly low-risk activity, but like anything, the fun stops abruptly if someone gets hurt. Pay attention as you take your  boating safety course , and spend some time perusing our  Boating Safety Guide  before you shove off the dock. Take A boating Education Class .  Learn the Navigations Rules.  Be c

Tragedy on the Lake

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 On June 5 A young life was lost, at lake of the Ozarks.  No words can or will express the sorrow felt by all.  A family suffers a lost, due to a boating accident.    According to the Missouri Highway Patrol Water Division Troop F,  The father thought the boat was in neutral, unaware that the boat was slowly backing. The mother jump in the water clearing  the out board, and the child followed.   A young 8 year old boy died on June 5 2021, when the child exited the rear of the water craft and was struck by the propeller.  I am sure in their grief  the parents are asking, these very question themselves, second guessing themselves, asking what if.    As in many tragedies, it is news worthy for a period, people will demand action, or at the very least express concern.  Then people will move on and this will be forgotten.  But it should not. Why is it, when tragedy occurs, we say how could this happen, what can be done to prevent incidences like this. Nation wide on a average 171 accidents

Health and Safety Check Up For Your Boat

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  Before the holiday  take the time and have a Vessel Exam (VE) or also known as   A  Vessel  Safety Check.   A VE is a courtesy  examination  of your  boat  ( Vessel ) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and the Federal regulations.  Do you have the right safety equipment for your boat size?  Do you know what is needed? he U.S. Coast Guard has compiled a list of required  boating safety  equipment, which they have determined to be the minimum equipment and operating standards as deemed necessary under federal laws. This list is the  minimum  federal USCG required list and some states may have added additional items/safety equipment, so be sure to check your states boating laws and requirements. Life Jackets and personal floatation devices  – The USCG requires one approved – Type I, II, III, or V,  life jacket or life vest  per person on board. If the vessel is 16 feet or more in length, one throwable floatation device – Type IV – like a

Boating Accidents and Injuries Are Preventable

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  Did you know the majority of drownings happen in open water. such rivers, lakes and ponds?   Nearly 650 people die each year during recreational boating activities. ·      79% of boating deaths due to drowning ·      86% of the victims not wearing a life jacket ·      2/3 of drownings victims are good swimmers. ·      70% of Deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no boating safety instructions / lessons. ·      23 % of Deaths where the primary cause was alcohol was the ·      leading factor. ·      171 accidents with at least one person struck by a propeller. ·      35 lives were lost due to propeller strikes.` ·      1 in 3 of all boating injuries occurred in boat operators over the age of 35   Boaters are encouraged to “Get Connected” and use their engine cut-off device, more commonly referred to as a “kill switch,” every time they go boating. An engine cut-off device is a proven safety device used to stop the boat’s engine should the operator unexp

Spring Start-up Check list Get On The Water

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            Welcome spring! Time for one of our favorite rituals—bringing the boat out of hibernation. CANNOT WAIT to get back on the water, right? Our Spring Start-Up Checklist will make getting set for peak boating season so much easier. And even if you have year-round access to water (we’re looking at you lucky folks who boat down south), spring is the ideal time to give your boat a bow-to-stern go-over and set yourself up for carefree boating all summer long. For those of us who do winterize, however, spring commissioning requires a number of additional actions to reverse the process. De-Winterizing Your Boat for Spring The major systems that need de-winterizing include: Engines Plumbing Systems Batteries and Electrical Systems In addition to de-winterizing systems, other spring commissioning tasks may include: Removing a Winter Cover Cleaning and Waxing Painting the Bottom Taking Care of Teak De-Winterizing Your Boat's Engine
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