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New York Sea Grant Teaches Clean and Safe Boating


New York Sea Grant has been traveling throughout New York State with its Discover Clean & Safe Boating educational vessel, teaching boaters some life-saving lessons. The program was developed by NY Sea Grant in partnership with the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York. Their goal: Educating boaters about how to be legal, safe and environmentally-friendly on New York state waters. In recognition of National Safe Boating Week May 17-24, NY Sea Grant offers its top 10 clean and safe boating tips:

1. Wear it! Make sure all passengers are wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. A throwable floatation device also is required for boats more than 16 feet in length.

2. Conduct a Clean, Drain, Dry inspection of your watercraft, trailer and gear to remove aquatic invasive species and debris each time you enter and leave new waters.

3. Check that the safety features of your boat trailer are in proper working order before use in the spring and throughout the boating season.

4. Depending on your age, be sure you have the proper boating safety certification. New regulations took effect in New York State May 1, 2014.

5. Check expiration date/s of onboard fire extinguishers and flares. Be sure you have the correct number of extinguishers aboard per U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Store flares and distress signals in dry compartment.

6. Use a fuel nozzle bib and bilge sock to keep fuel from spilling into the water.

7. Make sure all vessel lights are working and flashlights have fresh batteries.

8. Have a proper device onboard to receive weather alerts.

9. Check to be sure that you have the proper navigational charts on board.

10. Check that the boat's horn, whistles and other means of sounding distress are in good, working order.

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