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According to Punxsutawney Phil, we’re in for an early spring. That means boating season can’t be far behind. Before your hull hits the water this spring, be sure to check off all the boxes on your de-winterizing “to-do” list. Every moving part of your vessel - as well as the parts that keep them moving - needs your pre-season attention. In addition, a thorough inspection of your boat’s safety features such as: fire extinguishers, personal flotation devices, VHF radio, and horn should also be added to the check list.

And before you slip out of your slip for this season’s maiden voyage, be sure your vessel’s documentation is up to date and on board. If approached by the Coast Guard while operating your boat, you may be asked to present your Boating Safety Certificate and your vessel’s Certificate of Number (registration card). Now is the time to discover your registration card- good for 3 years- has expired, not during an on-board visit from the Coast Guard. Whether you’re looking forward to dropping a line in a secluded cove, or skimming across open waters this coming season, it is also important to familiarize yourself with any new state-issued boating rules and regulations. With all the cool motorized water toys ready to make a splash this summer, be aware of who may and who may not operate them. State educational requirements and restrictions vary based on the age of the operator, the type of vessel operated, and the horsepower of the vessel. If required to have a Boater Education Card, an operator must have the card on the vessel and available to present to enforcement officers for inspection. Remember: “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” applies on land and on sea! After a long cold winter, we are more than ready for that first outing on the water. With some diligent preparation, your boat will be more than ready too! Happy Boating!
Boating - 1/17/2015 by: Charles


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