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April 18, 2007
They Should Have Worn The Kill Switch Lanyard
Can you imagine the damage that could have been caused if this was a hard sided boat? Photo Credit: Peter Morris Here’s an example of just how important wearing the kill switch lanyard while operating a powerboat is. Had the operator of this boat only had his lanyard on, this accident would have been avoided. Luckily in this instance, no one was hurt. Wearing the kill switch lanyard is essential in preventing accidents like this one. If the operator had the lanyard clipped to his belt or lifejacket when he fell overboard, the lanyard would have triggered the kill switch, which in turn would have immediately stopped the engine and the boat would have come to a stop. The lanyard is a very simple, yet extremely effective safety precaution that all boat operators should wear while on the water – just like a lifejacket. However, if you don’t like the idea of having something attached to your wrist or belt,...
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April 13, 2007
Coach Boats - The Need For Safe Boating
Coach boats, safety boats, and spectator boats are becoming more and more prevalent at sailing regattas. It’s essential for those of us who operate them to remain alert and aware of our surroundings at all times. We need to not only be mindful of where we’re heading, but also of our wake and their effects on other boaters – most importantly the sailors. I read an article this morning on the Scuttlebutt newsletter (a great daily sailing e-newsletter) with a disturbing heading “Coach Boat Accident” – obviously I read more. It talks about a recent accident at a Laser regatta in Spain in which a sailor got their hand jammed between two Lasers as a result of two coach boats speeding past their tow line. It goes on to talk about a horrific accident in Greece back in August of 2002 when a boardsailor was run over by a coach boat. Click here for a link to the article. These...
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April 09, 2007
Not To Be Overlooked: Fire Extinguishers
Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers are required on boats where a fire hazard could be expected from the engines or fuel system. Extinguishers are classified by a letter and number symbol. The LETTER indicates the TYPE FIRE the unit is designed to extinguish (Type B extinguishers are designed to extinguish flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil and grease fires). The NUMBER indicates the relative SIZE of the extinguisher (the higher the number, the larger the extinguisher). Approved extinguishers required for boats are hand portable, either B-I or B-II classification and have a marine specific mounting bracket. Extinguishers should be mounted in an easily accessible position, away from areas where a fire could likely start. Though that sounds simple enough, the actual markings found on the units can be confusing because they can be approved for several different types of hazards. For instance, an extinguisher marked “Type A, Size II, Type B:C, Size I” is a B-1 extinguisher. The easiest thing...
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April 04, 2007
Add A Touch of the RIBCRAFT 5.85 And A Touch of the RIBCRAFT 7.8 and You Get...
A truly great RIBCRAFT 6.8! We sea trialed one of our new RIBCRAFT 6.8s and the boat’s performance exceeded our expectations. With a steady north easterly breeze funneling down Marblehead Harbor producing a steady 2-3’ chop, it was a made to order day for a RIBCRAFT sea trial. Equipped with twin 90HP Honda four strokes, the 6.8 performed beautifully, smoothly slicing through the chop without an ounce of salt spray touching the tubes. I’m a huge fan of the 19’ RIBCRAFT 5.85 and the 25’ RIBCRAFT 7.8 and I have to say that the 6.8 seemed to be made specifically for my likings. It had the maneuverability and agility of the 5.85, yet the power and balance of the heavier offshore 7.8. Though it was a cold and dreary day, I didn’t want to get off the water – the 6.8 made me want to stay out there all day. Here are some pictures of the boat. This boat is...
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April 02, 2007
Not To Be Overlooked: Distress Signals
In addition to USCG approved PFDs, Visual Distress Signals are required on all vessels used on coastal waters, the Great Lakes, territorial seas, and any body of water that connects them that is 2 miles wide or wider. Boats greater than 16’ in length must carry day and night visual distress signals that are approved by the United States Coast Guard, are functional, and readily accessible. The most common are pyrotechnic devices, such as flares. All Pyrotechnic devices must: - A minimum of three pyrotechnic devices are required. That is, three signals for days use and three signals for night use. Some signals meet both day and night use requirements. - Be marked with an expiration date. Expired signals may be carries as extra equipment but can not be counted toward meeting USCG requirements. - Pyrotechnic devices should be stored in a cool, dry location, if possible. - A watertight container that is red or orange and marked “DISTRESS SIGNALS”...
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