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Cold Water Boating Safety

Cold Water Boating Safety

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Cold Water Boating Safety   At this time of year, temperatures plummet while water safety precautions rise. Though you practice safe boating in the summer, the other three seasons have two additional perils. The first is the inhospitable (life-threatening) coldness of the water and the other is the lack of other boaters to lend a […]

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

September 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ever wish for a one-stop database for boating safety, training, and awareness that combines the knowledge of multiple boating authorities and includes many helpful resources? Wish no more and start searching www.boatbeat.org to access the National Safe Boating Council, the National Administration of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Rachel Johnson, the […]

Prevent Drowning

Prevent Drowning

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., averaging over 3,500 people each year. As nearly all drowning deaths are preventable, it is vital that everyone knows how to act to save a life. The United States Swim School Association has guidelines on how to react to a drowning incident: Throw, […]

Family to the Rescue

Family to the Rescue

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Who takes better care of you than your family? If your family doesn’t own a towing business, then the Frohnhoefer family is quite happy to consider you a relative. Now celebrating its 34th year in operation, Sea Tow is the Frohnhoefer family’s joint enterprise. Started by spouses Captain Joe Frohnhoefer and Georgia Frohnhoefer when Joe […]

Fire Aboard

Fire Aboard

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A fire at sea, just as on land, may start for any number of reasons and quickly turn catastrophic. Are you doing all you can to , and would you know how to act if your boat began to burn? Solid boat materials, including wood, fiberglass, and fabrics, are highly flammable. Fires can start from […]

A Speck in the Sea

A Speck in the Sea

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A few Julys back, John Aldrich fell off the back of his lobster boat 40 miles south of Montauk. He later calculated that it took him just 17 seconds to become “a speck in the sea.” The time was 3:30 am and the water temperature was 72 degrees. There were five-foot swells remaining from a […]

Keep Your Ears Open!

Keep Your Ears Open!

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Boaters need to be alert at all times. That’s more than just keeping our eyes open and looking everywhere. When traveling over the water, boaters need to listen, understand, and react to the sound signals from other boats. Like turn indicators and the horn on a car, sounds are the ways boaters tell others on […]

Go, Coast Guard, Go!

Go, Coast Guard, Go!

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If a maritime disaster such as terrorism on the high seas, a hurricane, fire, grounding, or sinking occurs, it’s comforting to know that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will respond 24/7. As the principal federal agency responsible for maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship in U.S. ports and waterways, the USCG protects and defends more […]

Towing with the Flow

Towing with the Flow

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. No one wants to have a towboat operator come for their vessel, but everyone is happy to see that towboat heading towards them when they need one. I met with such a two-phased tow operator recently. Captain Jim Reynolds, owner of Towing and Marine Service of Bay Shore (part of the nationwide TowBoatU.S.), has […]

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. If you’re strictly a non-motorized kind of boater, you might be unaware that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) makes and enforces rules that affect watercraft of all types. The USCG considers kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, kiteboards, bodyboards, and motorized tubes operated outside of very limited areas to be vessels. Therefore, the rules of safety […]

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