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Buying A Gift For A Boater?

You are in luck! There is never a challenge when shopping for a gift for the boater(s) in your life. Whether your recipient sails, operates a powerboat, PWC, enjoys paddle-sports on a Stand-up paddle... Full story

 

Women Set Sail On Lake Pleasant In November

WHO: Tumbleweed Sailing (Lake Pleasant, Arizona) & National Women's Sailing Association WHAT: WOWazr! (Women on the Water Zonie Regatta) presented by Tumbleweed Sailing Friday through Sunday, Nov.... Full story

 

Long Beach Yacht Club Hosting Annual International Safety at Sea Course

By Cameron MacLaren Long Beach Yacht Club is preparing for their annual US Sailing sanctioned International Safety at Sea course February 17-18, 2024. Participants may choose acomplete in-person... Full story

 

So, What's a Boater To Do?!

Protect yourself and your guests - It's still hot! And September doesn't look like it's going to be much cooler. As a matter of fact, many areas in the Southwest – especially the Phoenix area of... Full story

 

Boating Navigation Rules In Arizona

Not surprising that if you "know" the navigation rules on the waterway upon which you're boating, it's easy to spot those that don't. In fact, many boaters don't even know they exist, let alone what t... Full story

 

VHF Marine Band Radio – How Do I Use It?

It never fails – every time I’m on the water, be it on a powerboat, and sailboat or paddling I always hear a boater doing a radio check. And frequently, others demonstrating their total lack of un... Full story

 

Weather Smart

Non-boat owner friends often comment just after boarding our boat in San Diego about the traffic on our VHF marine radio offering up the latest weather information. More than one frequently remark... Full story

 
 By Ed Huntsman    Boating    April 1, 2023

Boating Safety

It never fails – every time I'm on the water, be it on a powerboat, and sailboat or paddling I always hear a boater doing a radio check. And frequently, others demonstrating their total lack of... Full story

 

Boating And Water Safety

Capt. Ed Huntsman US Coast Guard Licensed Captain Member, US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee Why is safety such a hard sell? Why should water and boating safety officials across the country even have... Full story

 
 By Ed Huntsman    Fishing    October 1, 2022

Boating And Water Safety

Fisherman is missing; was he wearing a life jacket?... Full story

 
 By Ed Huntsman    Boating    July 1, 2018

Recreational Boating Safety

This story is intended to serve as a general resource for recreational boating safety information. Should an issue or topic not be addressed here, feel free to contact Ed Huntsman, the District... Full story

 
 By Ed Huntsman    Boating    June 1, 2017

Recreational Boating Safety

This page is intended to serve as a general resource for recreational Federal Requirements boating safety information. Should an issue or topic not be addressed here, feel free to contact Ed... Full story

 

Boaters Urged To Be Safe In 2016

Recent rain and snow storms' bringing both snowpack up north and flooding across the West and Midwest have many thinking that water levels in surrounding lakes and rivers will be increasing as the... Full story

 
 By Ed Huntsman    Boating    January 1, 2016

Boaters Urged To Be Safe In 2016

Recent rain and snow storms bringing both snowpack up north and flooding across the west and mid-west have many thinking that water levels in surrounding lakes and rivers will be increasing as the yea... Full story

 
 By Ed Huntsman    Boating    March 15, 2015

On The Cover

Ed Huntsman is the Recreational Boating Safety Program Manager, United States Coast Guard, Eighth Coast Guard District. As spring approaches, temperatures rise, and ice melts, paddlesports... Full story

 

Ideas For Boaters

Eighth District's Recreational Boating Safety Program Manager, United States Coast Guard Need gift ideas for your favorite boater? Even though the traditional gift-giving holidays are over for now,... Full story

 
 By Ed Huntsman    Boating    June 15, 2013

Navigation Lights - Not!

Those in charge of inspections and compliance directives encourage widest distribution. The Coast Guard has recently become aware of the uninspected towing-vessel industry’s using inappropriate navi... Full story

 
 By Ed Huntsman    Boating    May 15, 2013

Did Santa Bring You A PWC? Take A Boating-Safety Class Before Hitting The Water!

If you got a personal watercraft (PWC) for the holidays, the U.S. Coast Guard urges you to take a boating-safety education class before you hit the water this summer. PWCs are an affordable way for... Full story

 

As Boating Season Begins Again

A boating accident, often resulting in property damage, personal injury, or more tragically a death, is a terrible way to introduce anyone to the world of boating and water-related recreational... Full story

 

Vessel Lighting

A boater is quite right about only needing a flashlight or lantern for a (non-mechanized) boat less than 7 meters (23 feet). However, if the boat has machinery (a motor — even a trolling motor) on...

 

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