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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Boaters World News

Zodiac Warranty through Boaters World

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.

GoFree Vessel Monitoring Adds Global Connectivity with Vodafone

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Vodafone announced today that it is working with Navico, an international marine electronics company, to bring global connectivity to Navico’s GoFree product suite. Using the Vodafone Global Internet of Things (IoT) SIM, GoFree can provide boaters, fleet managers, and service technicians with the ability to monitor, log, transmit and report important vessel information in real-time. With the connectivity, GoFree Track, an affordable hardware system,can track critical vessel information like engine hours, battery status, oil pressure, coolant temperature, fuel consumption, and more.

USCG to Ensure Safety During World Series

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The Coast Guard and local agencies are working to ensure the safety of boaters and baseball fans during World Series games at AT&T Park this weekend. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has established a safety zone effective from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday in the McCovey Cove area and waterways will be patrolled by Coast Guard, police and fire department crews. There is also a safety zone in place around fireworks barges that will be operating in the area involved in post game fireworks.

Coast Guard Searches for Missing Boaters

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. an 87-ft. patrol boat, the Coast Guard Cutter Bonito, from Pensacola, Fla., are searching for the boaters. About 6 p.m. Tuesday, Coast Guard Group Mobile received a distress call from a boater on the pleasure craft Sun Bird. Guard his boat was taking on water. After five minutes, the boater said his radio was getting wet, and he couldn't take it anymore. the area of the distressed boaters. A rescue boat from Station Panama City was also sent to assist with the search. vessel and aircraft and a vessel from Sea Tow, a commercial salvage company, also responded.

C-Map Wins NMEA Product Excellence Award

C-MAP won the National Marine Electronics Association Award for best vector charts for the third straight year. C-MAP was also honored by the NMEA in 1994 and 1995 for a total of five awards in eight years. Ken Cirillo, vice president and general manager for C-MAP U.S.A. accepted this year’s award at the 2001 NMEA convention, which was recently held in Sanibel, Fla. Winners in various product categories from around the world are selected by a cross section of the marine electronics industry, including dealers, manufacturer’s reps and certified marine electronics technicians. C-MAPNT vector-based charts provide electronic charting for a variety of applications, such as sailing, bluewater sport fishing, commercial fishing, even cruising inland lakes and waterways.

Marina In San Francisco Upgrades Docks

Located in the heart of San Mateo County, Oyster Point Marina, offers San Francisco boaters direct access to the bay. The City owned marina recently completed replacement of piers 8 and 11. Bellingham Marine, world renowned marina builder, was contracted to perform as the general contractor. Oyster Point’s existing 20 plus year old glu-lam, timber system was replaced with Bellingham Marine’s concrete floating docks fitted with upgraded utilities and accessories. Upgrades were made to the marina to provide improved moorage for boaters in the San Francisco Bay area.

Elco Launches Electric Outboard Motor Line

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Elco Motor Yachts, a company in electric and hybrid marine propulsion for more than 120 years, is applying its expertise to the electric outboard motor category. The company is launching a new line of 5- and 7-horsepower motors, with an additional model offering 9.9-horsepower later this year. The outboards are designed to meet the growing interest in clean, quiet and fuel-efficient propulsion among both recreational and commercial boaters. Elco’s electric outboard motors are suited for a variety of maritime uses…

Gemeco Launches Re-designed Web Resource

Proper installation of transducers and the corresponding cabling is necessary for efficient operation of today’s marine electronics Courtesy Gemeco

Gemeco Marine Accessories, world-leading experts in the selection, placement and technical support for marine transducers and NMEA networking products, announced today the launch of an all new web-based resource for boaters and dealers on the company website – www.gemeco.com. The newly designed website employs a simple, yet elegant interface allowing intuitive access to vital information about transducers and networking. The comprehensive resource provides access to a digital version of the company’s 585 page catalog…

Intellian’s New k4 Ka-Band HDTV Antenna

Intellian Technologies, a world leader in marine satellite entertainment and communications, announced the latest addition to its line of marine satellite TV antennas, the k4. The K4 and k6 can be used in conjunction with an Intellian Technologies’ Ku-band antenna to provide boaters all 500 DirectTV’s HD and SD programming channels. Intellian’s new Dual Antenna Control Unit (DACU) allows boaters to seamlessly switch between DirecTV’s five satellites providing the same full digital and HD programming enjoyed by home viewers. With easy programming and full DirectTV programming access, Intellian Technologies with its new k4 ka-band antenna provides boaters the ability to watch HD NASCAR and NCAA Mega March Madnes simultaneously.

Protector's Adventure Series, Alaska’s Inside Passage

PROTECTOR USA announced today the first voyage in its inaugural Adventure Series, Alaska’s Inside Passage. Departing Wednesday, June 1, 2011, the event will host Protector boat owners on an 800-mile excursion from Seattle, Washington to Lasqueti, British Columbia and back in only six days. The journey will highlights the signature performance of Protector boats and offer participants a thrilling adventure through majestic mountain ranges and breathtaking waters. The Protector Adventure Series will offer one-of-a-kind…

South Florida Boater Option for Arrival

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

ACR Electronics Debuts USCG Approved Distressed Flares

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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. With the addition of Aurora pyrotechnics, ACR will be the only company to provide the U.S.

USCG Celebrates 224th Birthday

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On August 4, 1790, Congress authorized the creation of the Revenue Cutter Service, the precursor to the modern U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). In celebration of the service's 224th birthday, members of the USCG and Coast Guard Auxiliary surprised boaters along the Mid-Atlantic coast, wishing the boaters happy birthday and presenting them with balloons and gifts. The members presented boaters in Baltimore, Maryland, Virginia Beach, Virginia and Wilmington, North Carolina, with life jackets…

Boaters Should Get 'Ticket' Before Setting Sail

Every year more than 100 Canadians die while boating, with the period between May and August accounting for the majority of drowning fatalities. With boating season fast approaching, now is the time to get prepared before heading out on the water. "The majority of boating accidents can be prevented with a few simple precautions," says Robert Dupel, spokesperson for BOATERexam.com. "We want to remind boaters that it only takes five minutes to review a pre-departure boating checklist. For over thirteen years, BOATERexam.com has worked closely with Transport Canada to deliver safe boating courses (online and in class) that prepare recreational boaters for Canadian waters.

Famous 16-Foot Great White Shark Gone Missing

image: Ocearch

Mary Lee, the 16-foot Great White Shark that has had Twitter in a frenzy the past few weeks, has gone missing – electronically speaking. According to Ocearch, a conservation group set out to track and collect date from tiger and great white sharks, said her transmitter hasn’t had a “ping” since June 17, and no one has seen or heard from her since. Fans on twitter have been speculating her death, but never fear, it is more likely her tracker has lost battery power. Mary Lee was named after Ocearch expedition leader Chris Fischer’s mother.

Two Rescued from Disabled Boat near Niagara Falls

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG ) rescued two people from a disabled boat near Niagara Falls late Monday night. At about 9:15 p.m., a search-and-rescue (SAR) coordinator from USCG Sector Buffalo, New York, responded to a call for help from the boaters via cell phone. The distressed boater reported two people were aboard a disabled 19-foot boat, 700 yards inside the Niagara Falls Exclusion Zone. The boater also reported that the boat was anchored. The Sector Buffalo SAR coordinator issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which broadcasts the location and nature of distress to mariners and asks who can offer help if they are able. The SAR coordinator also launched a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Buffalo aboard a 25-foot response boat…

New Aluminum Catamaran Technology Being Introduced

The Virgin Island Department of Planning and Natural Resources/Police has placed in active service its first aluminum catamaran, manufactured using patented-protected technology, by Mission Marine, Ltd., in Sandusky, Ohio. The boat is based at the DPNR/Police facility in St. Thomas. The Mission 338 (29’7” x 11’5”) has the capability for extended offshore patrol and is a multi-agency craft that serves a variety of missions including DPNR, Police/Law Enforcement, Fisheries, SAR, Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement, and Port Security. What makes this catamaran unique is its rough water capabilities for use offshore; its wide beam and advanced design affords extra stability and ride.

Briggs Marine Installs Planned Maintenance Solution

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. The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) officially launched this week BoatOnCourse.com, a website designed to help the recreational boater become more aware of the on-the-water navigation rules to enjoy a safer time on the water. BoatOnCourse.com takes a practical approach to boating by relating it to something boaters are already familiar with: the "rules of the road," when driving a car.

USCG Rescues 2 Boaters Near Willapa Bay, Wash.

A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two stranded boaters near Willapa Bay, Wash., Saturday. The 67-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were safely transported to an airfield in Raymond, Wash., where they were met by local emergency medical services for evaluation. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command center received the call for assistance via Pacific County Dispatch late Saturday night after the boaters reported their 12-foot aluminum skiff was aground on a mud flat. The two individuals became stuck in the mud after leaving their vessel to attempt to walk to shore prompting another 911 call. The command center watchstanders dispatched the Jayhawk crew to respond.

USCG Crew Tows Disabled Vessel Near Ketchikan, Alaska

A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Ketchikan tows a 15-foot disabled vessel near Ketchikan, Aug. 17, 2014.

A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Ketchikan assisted two boaters after their 15-foot vessel became disabled near Ketchikan, Sunday. The boatcrew safely transferred the boaters to the Coast Guard vessel and took the disabled vessel in tow before transporting them to Knuduson Cove. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Juneau were notified by the Ketchikan Police Department after they received a call from one of the boaters that their vessel had been swamped by waves and became disabled. Station Ketchikan immediately launched a Response Boat – Small crew to assist.

5 Boaters Recued near Holden Beach by USCG & Agents

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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. The RB-S crew arrived on scene at approximately 8:30 a.m. and rescued four of the five boaters.

Reminder - Naval Vessel Protection Zone

The Coast Guard is encouraging boaters in the Hampton Roads area to familiarize themselves with the federal regulations governing the security zone surrounding all naval vessels more than 100 feet in length. Recently boaters have been approaching naval vessels too closely within the Port of Hampton Roads. Protecting naval vessels from sabotage and terrorist acts is one of the country's and the Coast Guard's highest priorities. For this reason, Congress mandated a 500-yard Naval Vessel Protection Zone to be established around all U.S. naval vessels more than 100 feet in length. When within 500 yards of a naval vessel, all boaters, both commercial and recreational, shall operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course.

Cartography Enhanced for North American Boaters

Jeppesen has announced the Spring 2012 Release of its popular C-MAP MAX and C-MAP 4D cartography, bringing a variety of significant enhancements and exclusive new data to recreational boaters across North America. C-MAP's 4D cartography provides the newest and most innovative navigation experience available, combining the three traditional dimensions with a fourth dimension of time in the form of consistent, periodic updates. Jeppesen updates its electronic charts three times per year, and makes these updates and upgrades available to boaters through a variety of channels. The Spring 2012 Release includes a new 3D model with a brighter sun-viewable color palette for C-MAP 4D delivering a unique…

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