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Swim Smarts

Swim Smarts

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

You may feel very comfortable being on a boat, but you’ll be a lot safer if you know how to swim. We don’t want to scare you, but kids who take swimming lessons (and wear life jackets everywhere but the cabin) cut their risk of drowning. While it’s great to have a parent or an […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

I can’t tell you a thing about the day that was remarkable, thought it was a perfect boating day — nice weather, good company, and a fun destination. On the way back, things plummeted quickly, and it was entirely my fault. The captain trusts me to make sure that the first aid kit is stocked, […]

Do Life Jackets Right

Do Life Jackets Right

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the authority on boating safety, drowning prevention begins with requiring all boat operators to have wearable life jackets for each person aboard. Choosing the proper life jacket takes a bit of knowledge and effort, but it really comes down to remembering three simple rights: the jacket must be […]

Man Overboard!

Man Overboard!

July 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the most frightening cries heard on a boat is “Man overboard.” Falling into the drink can be brutally unpredictable and sudden; the lack of a quick rescue response can result in death. Grim U.S. Coast Guard statistics over the years reveal that the majority of Man Overboard (MOB) incidents happen to people of […]

A First Mate’s Primer

A First Mate’s Primer

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

My wife, Lil, and I have been boating for almost 30 years. We’ve owned seven boats; our current boat is Couple Secons, a 28-foot center console with twin outboards, which we’ve enjoyed since 2012.  Lil has achieved the United States Power Squadrons® education rank of Seaman. All of our previous vessels were single-engine boats, and […]

Introducing Friends to Safe Boating

Introducing Friends to Safe Boating

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Those of us who have been around boats for a while regard safety precautions and smart maneuverability as second nature. However, our non-boating friends and family don’t always possess the same instincts that we do, which can lead to accidents at the dock and on the water. One of the top boat insurance claims (in […]

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Unlike any other law enforcement arm, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) may board your boat at their discretion — they need no search warrant, no provocation, and no reason other than ensuring your boat is in full compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations. Do you know what to do and say (besides […]

Keeping the Beat on the Boat: Learn CPR

Keeping the Beat on the Boat: Learn CPR

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Great weather and opportunities to spend time on the water with family and friends seem like celebrations. Yet along with all the fun comes an obligation to stay safe when away from shore and medical help. Properly working safety equipment, a well-stocked first aid kit, and life jackets for all aboard are part of […]