Zodiac of North America, Inc. announced its warranty policy for all Zodiac products bought by a consumer through a Boaters World liquidator. Zodiac will warrant all boxed boats, which are inflatable models, as though purchased through a normal dealer. Zodiac RIBs sold through liquidators do not come with a warranty, but if the customer takes the RIB to an authorized Zodiac dealer for a safety and pre-delivery inspection, then they can purchase the warranty from the dealer. "Our concern over RIBs sold through the liquidators is that damage may have occurred during the transition from Boaters World to the liquidators," a Zodiac representative said. "A safety inspection from an authorized dealer is essential to the safety of the buyers and the safe operation of our boats. Since these boats are sold without their warranties, we've developed a special cost-effective program to allow these customers to have their RIBs inspected and purchase a five-year factory warranty from the dealer." Buyers of Zodiac RIBs will need to visit www.zodiacmarineusa.com to locate their nearest dealer, then make an appointment with the dealer for a safety inspection. The cost of the inspection will be the responsibility of the customer, as will the cost of any deficiencies necessary to correct to ensure the safe operation of the boat. The five-year factory warranty is available for one thousand dollars.
Coast Guard crews from Alabama and Florida are searching this morning for three boaters approximately three to five nautical miles north of Dog Island in St. George Sound, off the coast of Carrabelle, Fla. Rescue aircraft from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., and Air Station Clearwater, Fla., a rescue boat from Station Panama City, Fla., and an 87-ft. patrol boat, the Coast Guard Cutter Bonito, from Pensacola, Fla., are searching for the boaters.
The US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) issued a news release stating that it is instituting a new Local Boater Option for South Florida. Local boaters who are US citizens or legal permanent residents may register their biographical data and vessel information with CBP. They will then be issued a pleasure boat registration number for future arrivals at South Florida locations from foreign ports or places. Source: HK Law
U.K.- based Marine Software Ltd. has announced the supply of Marine Planned Maintenance software to Briggs Marine Contractors, to include 18 vessels and separate shore side maintenance equipment. The software was installed at their Burntisland Office in Fife, Scotland, prior to receiving on-site training by Marine Software personnel. Safe Boating Council Launches Navigation Rules Website The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) officially launched this week BoatOnCourse
Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued five boaters Saturday after their boat capsized in Lockwoods Folley Inlet near Holden Beach, North Carolina. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received notification from a good Samaritan reporting a disabled vessel at anchor within the inlet had capsized. Sector watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched a crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Oak Island.
ACR Electronics, Inc.expands their marine survival gear offerings by adding two new USCG approved distress flares, the Aurora Red Hand Flare and the Orange Hand Smoke signal. Built by the world leading manufacturer of commercial marine pyrotechnics, these non-SOLAS flares are the first specifically designed to perform like commercial marine flares, but at half the price. ACR has a longstanding history of manufacturing and providing high-quality emergency safety products
Transas Marine (USA), Inc. of Lynwood, WA, and Valhalla Enterprises, Inc. (VEI), of Fort Lauderdale, FL, have announced a manufacturers’ alliance aimed at benefiting marine electronic dealers and recreational boaters. The agreement brings together VEI, a world leading manufacturer of flat panel displays and marine computers with Transas Marine, a world leader in electronic navigation products, vessel traffic systems and training solutions, marine surveillance, and simulation systems
Global Marine Networks Inc. explain to blue-water boat owners how to stay in touch using the latest mobile communication devices How to stay in touch with family, friends and information through radio, satellite voice, email and Internet services while at sea with laptops and smartphones is the subject of the GMN offering. Blue water cruisers, and other boaters have more choices than ever when it comes to staying in touch while at sea, but some choices are better than others
From Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, the busy Lake Michigan Coast Guard crews rescued or assisted six people and one dog in three separate emergencies. At 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Milwaukee was contacted via cell phone by a man who reported his boat was sinking in Lake Michigan three miles east of Milwaukee with two other people aboard. A rescue boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium launched from the station
Insight Genesis™,the custom map-generation tool for Lowrance, Simrad NS and B&G Zeus series chartplotters,announced today the latest update to its premium map-making service— Apple Mac and mobile device compatibility. Significantly expanding access to Insight Genesis, the service’s new HTML5 architecture creates exciting ways for boaters and anglers around the world to access and enjoy the map-making experience
True Heading, manufacturer of Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions, GPS compasses and app navigation, has supplied an AIS Aid to Navigation (ATON) beacon to the Port of Stockholm, Sweden. Located at Stockholm Stream (Stockholm Ström) and the first of its kind in Sweden
A Chicago woman was sentenced in federal court Thursday for making a false distress call nearly two years ago which led to several agencies launching a dangerous search and rescue operation in Lake Michigan off of Rogers Park Beach.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) monitored the salvage of the sunken Bigbi Thursday, two miles north of Little Creek, Va. The Bigbi sank at approximately 5:40 a.m., Saturday. The four-man crew of the Bigbi activated their emergency personal indicating radio beacon
Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today that Clean Ocean Access is its Official Charitable Partner for the 45th Annual Newport International Boat Show. A 501(C)3non-profit organization
NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) and the Ocean Conservancy signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this month, the two group announced in a press release. The agreement aims to foster a collaborative effort that encourages marine pollution
GoFree – the provider of digital content and services, and part of the Navico family of marine electronics brands including Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G – announced today the release of six updated mapping products for use in both inland and coastal U.S. waters
On the two-year anniversary of a tragic boating accident near Sandusky, Ohio, the U.S. Coast Guard is reminding Great Lakes boaters who may be thinking about venturing out on the area's lakes and rivers to consider that the water remains dangerously cold despite warming air temperatures
True Heading, a manufacturer of Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions, GPS compasses and app navigation, announced its complete line of Graphene Class B AIS transponders have received type approval and are now shipping in the North American market.
The Coast Guard continues to search for at least five people in the Mobile Bay area Sunday. Rescuers searched throughout the night for the missing boaters and have covered a total of 1,773 square miles as of 11:00 a.m., Sunday.
The Coast Guard is urging mariners to use extreme caution while transiting the Merrimack River entrance due to significant shifting and shoaling between the #2 red and #3 green buoys. Several recent accidents and near misses on the narrow
South Africa’s charity National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was warning fishermen and other boaters in and around the Cape Peninsula and False Bay Coast to be aware of a “barely visible” capsized boat. A few days later though, the wreck had disappeared!
Ameritex Fabric Systems, a member of the Taylor Made Group and the leading supplier of engineered canvas enclosures, tops and covers for OEM boatbuilders, is introducing a new, exclusive fabric to the marine industry. “We’re calling it WeatherGuard™
NavPlay, an innovative manufacturer of iPad apps for boaters, announced today its release of a new app designed specifically for American boaters – NavPlay US. Offering downloadable access to detailed NOAA vector maps, NMEA 2000 compatibility and WiFi-integration with onboard
FUSION, the worldwide leader in marine entertainment, announced today its FUSION-Link audio access system is now supported by the Furuno NavNet TZtouch2 series. Providing the ability to control all FUSION-Link enabled 700 and 750 Series marine entertainment systems capabilities and
As National Safe Boating Week continues, the Coast Guard 9th District is reminding boaters Sunday to get a free vessel safety check from the Coast Guard Auxiliary before going out onto the lakes this boating season. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an all-volunteer force that keeps the