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Cold Water Boating Safety

Cold Water Boating Safety

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

   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 hand or call for […]

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 […]

The Mysterious Double Green Light

The Mysterious Double Green Light

September 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Navigating at night can be tricky, even when everything is as it should be. Subtract a missing or misplaced light and even a cautious boater can get fooled. My sailing buddy, Nelson, and I set out for Block Island one fine September day. We figured that with a favorable wind, the catboat could make it […]

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 Aldridge 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 […]

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. You have a smart phone containing marvelous technology that does everything but make coffee. Since one of its more basic features is making phone calls, is there any reason for a boater to have a single function, very high frequency (VHF) radio as well? Yes! Veteran mariners recommend a VHF as your primary tool […]

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 […]

Books at Sea

Books at Sea

January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  If something goes wrong on your boat, do you have the resources and the knowledge to fix it before you get into trouble? An onboard floating reference library of how-to books on the basics of seamanship and marine repair will give you that knowledge you need.   I know space is at a premium […]

Strengthening the Huntington Lighthouse

Strengthening the Huntington Lighthouse

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s a gem of a lighthouse in Huntington Harbor. Standing as a 48-foot-tall navigational director since 1912, its head and torso have been battered by winds, bullied by temperature fluctuations, and beaten by rain, while the harbor’s waters erode it from its toes to its knees. While the U.S. Coast Guard maintains the main signaling […]

National Coast Guard Museum Moves Forward

National Coast Guard Museum Moves Forward

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Connecticut-based National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. (NCGMA) recently announced the themes for the interior design of the National Coast Guard Museum. The design concepts are the product of a yearlong review of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) history conducted by an internationally recognized museum planning and design firm, Gallagher & Associates. The review included […]

Color and Learn!

Color and Learn!

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There are apps for everyone and plenty of online games, but there’s still something satisfying about laying out a sheet of paper and coloring it in. We’ve compiled a list of free coloring pages for kids (and adults, too — no one is looking). The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has coloring pages on […]

Educating and Legislating for Safer Paddling

Educating and Legislating for Safer Paddling

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. According to U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) statistics, 50 percent of 2015’s recreational boating fatalities were of people engaged in paddle sports. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards are among the most affordable paddlecraft, but their easy accessibility may lead to errors resulting in harm. Legislators and regulators across the country are looking closely at how […]

Law Enforcement on the Water

Law Enforcement on the Water

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever had an encounter with marine law enforcement? Depending upon the circumstances, the meeting can be either a life-saving experience or a nautical humiliation. The good news is that there are men and women at the ready to engage in search and rescue missions, protecting lives and saving vessels. These first responders react […]

Don’t Keep it Secret!  Share Your Boating Day for Safety’s Sake

Don’t Keep it Secret! Share Your Boating Day for Safety’s Sake

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Can you keep a secret? When it comes to boating, you don’t need to blab to everyone, but it is vital to tell someone what you’ll be doing, where you’ll be going, and about how long you’ll be gone. The disclosure, known formally as a float plan, is actually a pretty simple way to ensure […]

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Her right arm holding her torch high for all to see, the Statue of Liberty is many things — a former lighthouse, an immense sculpture, a landmark, and a world-famous icon of freedom. There’s something splendidly unique about seeing Lady Liberty from your boat — young or old, it’s a moving experience to gaze […]

Save Lives — Boat Sober

Save Lives — Boat Sober

June 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Nothing’s more invigorating than being out on the boat without a care in the world. However, the reality is that some boaters don’t have a care for your safety or their own, as they boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Though inebriation is the chief contributing factor in boating fatalities, there is […]

Cold Water Boating Basics

Cold Water Boating Basics

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

.  After a winter spent indoors, warmer days entice us onto the water. Though we’re eager to jump aboard, we must never throw caution to the wind. Safe boating is a year-round practice, but there are more precautions to take when water temperatures are chilly. It’ll be awhile before local waters climb above 60 degrees, […]

May the Sea Embrace You Tenderly

May the Sea Embrace You Tenderly

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

    Recently, an avid sailor friend of mine passed over the bar. Shortly thereafter, I received an invitation to gather on the late skipper’s boat with family and friends to celebrate his lifelong passion for boats and the sea. It turned out to be one of the most moving experiences of my life as […]

Carbon Monoxide — the Silent Killer

Carbon Monoxide — the Silent Killer

October 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Although fall brings colder temperatures and chilled winds, hardy boaters still head out on their boats. Logic tells them to put up the covers to block some of autumn’s gusts, but that’s an invitation for a silent killer to come in. Carbon monoxide (CO) is called a silent killer because it is a completely […]

Laser Pointers as Weapons

Laser Pointers as Weapons

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

With increasing frequency, we hear news reports about pilots being harassed, even temporarily blinded, by lasers.  These lasers aren’t military-grade weapons but the kind of pointer that a teacher or speaker would use to highlight something projected on a screen in an auditorium.  Anyone can pick one up and play around with it for fun, […]

When Nature Calls

When Nature Calls

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It goes without saying that privacy on a small open boat is nonexistent. That’s a problem when someone has to use the bathroom. What to do? “There’s nothing really practical that’s legal,” concedes Susan Shingledecker, vice president of BoatUS Foundation. “It’s a challenge.” The law is very clear. No untreated or raw human waste can […]

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

July 1, 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 […]

How Small a Wave Can Capsize My Boat?

How Small a Wave Can Capsize My Boat?

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

News events all too frequently point to the need for boat captains to understand more about capsizing. It is a technically precise area — the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard live by and cite data on righting moments and centers of buoyancy and gravity. Despite the formula-heavy nature of the field, recreational boaters […]

Always Ready — To Play! The U.S. Coast Guard Cutters

Always Ready — To Play! The U.S. Coast Guard Cutters

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Hockey players will tell you that the game they love is rooted in their DNA.  It’s part of who they are.  The games, practices, road trips, locker rooms — all bring something different and special to their lives. This is true especially for the Cutters hockey team, which is composed of members of the […]

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