Tag Archives: USCG

How to get a free vessel safety check this season

Coast Guard boat safety inspections

No cost, no penalty vessel safety checks which up until last season were given more than 150,000 times each year by hundreds of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons volunteers at launch ramps, boat clubs and marinas, are back. While COVID may still be with us, both groups are ramping up efforts to get vessel examiners back in ...

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USCG Boating Safety Spring Circular now available

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The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has released the Spring 2021 edition of their Boating Safety Circular (BSC). Click here to view the Spring ediiton on the USCG website. The contents of this BSC edition include: Recreational Boating Product Assurance Branch Hiring AnnouncementPersonnel Changes AnnouncementsNew Engine Cut-Off Switch Law AnnouncementFuel Tank & Fuel System Test RequirementsWhen the USCG Buys Your BoatCalendar of EventsBoating Safety ...

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Coast Guard Foundation elects new board of trustees members

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The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced the addition of nine new trustees to its board this year. The Foundation has 82 active trustees and directors on the board, led by newly elected Thomas A. Allegretti as the chair. Abbott Brown; Dr. Kathryn Clay; Paul ...

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Navico inks Coast Guard deal through 2025

Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP brands announced today it has signed a five-year agreement with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to provide C-MAP cartography under the USCG’s Small Boat Product Line (SBPL). Navico said it was selected for a competitive award by the USCG for products that met all of their technical needs.  Navico’s C-MAP will deliver cartography ...

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USCG guidelines for PFD decontamination

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Because questions about how to decontaminate your personal flotation device are surfacing, the U.S. Coast Guard has posted recreational life jacket Decontamination Guidance on their website www.uscgboating.org. If you think your product has been exposed to a virus, clean as recommended by the manufacturer and then let dry in warm, low humidity environment for at least 72 hours before reuse. ...

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Capsized or swamped, stay with the boat!

It can seemingly happen in a heartbeat: a following wave stuffs and rolls your boat, and you’re in the water. Or, the body of water is in your boat — a wave or wake over bow, transom or gunwales; a hull split; a through-hull failed. Maybe (sigh!) someone forgot to install the plug. The first rule’s the same whether you’re ...

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File a float plan: Help others help you

OK, for the moment, don’t think of yourself as the boater in peril. Instead, imagine yourself as the loved one concerned for an overdue boater and unsure. When to worry? What to do? Maybe that loved one is contacted by a first-responder agency. The boater’s empty trailer and tow vehicle seem abandoned at a ramp, with no sign of the ...

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Boating accident? Don’t forget to report!

Crack up your car, and the responding police officer, sheriff’s deputy or state trooper files any required report. If you’re the operator or owner of a boat involved in an accident though, you must complete and file an official accident report with your state’s boating authority. It’s not busywork: The U.S. Coast Guard compiles and maintains statistics drawn from boating ...

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Boat safer by slowing down

Running the inlet, navigating the channel, backing into the slip: So much of what constitutes seamanship involves forging ahead with confidence. (Poetic license allows me to use the phrase “forge ahead” to reference the phrase “backing in.”) Well, there are times when taking one’s time, if not stopping altogether, proves the best and most seamanlike course of action. Let’s start ...

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