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In his article Fatal Distraction, Major Richard Moore challenges the boating safety community to work together to make recreational boaters more aware of the dangers associated with not paying full attention to their primary task at hand—navigating their vessels. Accident statistics make a good case for his counsel and offer good reason why addressing distracted […]

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Nearly one-fourth of the nation’s reported recreational boating accidents in 2015 were determined to either be the result of operator inattention or no proper lookout. dis·tract·ed boat·ing noun the practice of operating a boat while engaged in any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of safe navigation. It’s forecasted to […]

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The U.S. Coast Guard recently released its 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics report, revealing that boating fatalities nationwide totaled 626, the third-lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record. From 2014 to 2015, injuries decreased from 2,678 to 2,613, a 2.4 percent decrease; deaths increased from 610 to 626, a 2.6 percent increase; and the total […]

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Boating Briefs

Registration for the 26th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), the marine industry’s largest technical trade event, is now open. All marine industry professionals can register for IBEX online today to participate in the world-renowned training and technical education conference, October 4-6, 2016, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. READ MORE http://www.ibexshow.com/wp-content/uploads/formidable/IBEX-Registration-Opens-Keynote-Announced-final-060216.pdf

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The New York state legislature has passed a bill tying driving and boating while intoxicated violations together. Under previous state law, they were considered unrelated offenses. The bill passed this week directs that judges “shall consider any prior convictions” when sentencing such defendants. READ MORE http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2016/06/nys_legislature_passes_bill_named_after_syracuse_woman_killed_in_boating_crash.html

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Boating Briefs

The nonprofit Water Sports Foundation has released a series of highly specialized paddlesports safety videos targeting new paddlers, an area of concern for the U.S. Coast Guard. In 2015, the Water Sports Foundation, a recipient of U.S. Coast Guard nonprofit organization grant funding, directed its outreach project’s focus to include more effort toward making paddlesports […]

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed “Sophia’s Law,” which will require carbon monoxide detection systems on certain recreational boats. As of May 1, 2017, such a system will be mandatory on any motorboat that has an enclosed accommodation compartment. Additionally, no new boat with such a compartment can be offered for sale after that date […]

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Discover Boating is working with more than 60 bloggers and social influencers throughout the summer to share their boating stories and on-water plans via their blogs and social networks. Influencer-based programs provide an opportunity to reach more people with influencers’ personal boating stories and experiences while providing resources such as interactive tools, videos and how-to […]

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NASBLA programs honored with prestigious awards NASBLA’s Boat Operations and Training Program has been announced as one of six winners of the American Society of Association Executives’ coveted Summit Award. This comes on the heels of NASBLA learning it achieved two ‘The Power of A’ Gold Awards from ASAE. The BOAT Program won ‘The Power […]

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