What did one CG chopper pilot Say to the other?
It's your turn to go fish.

  Safety is no joking matter, but some times it seems easier to tune a fish than to stay up to date with all the safety equipment and equipment inspections and updates. When's the last time you checked the expiration date of your flares and fire extinguisher. Or for that matter, pulled your life vests out of that bin  to see if they aren't rotted and or damaged? Haven't used your anchor lately? Is it still in good shape, is the rope in good shape, and or is it all knotted up in the rope locker? Non of this means much to you right now, but when and if that time comes, will you be ready?

  One of best fire X systems to be used in the marine industry is the CO2 system. It has it's draw backs, but ,if maintained properly, it is not only effective but friendly to the environment.
On occasion I've had to partially  disassemble one to remove an engine. There are some things you should know, first.....

And now for something completely different...

Do-it-Yourself Inspection Check List {PDF}

  Before you start any trip, we offer these items to consider. Your first thought should be to let others know where and when you will be boating and what to do if your not there. So, we offer this printable "float plan"  to use as a hand out to friends on the dock or the harbor master, etc...

Basic Safety Topics

The United States Coast Guard has made major improvements to their web site. They have expanded their coverage to more than the CG regulations that we all know and love. Besides federal laws and regulations; they now cover product recalls, navigation tools, a boat builder handbook, and much more.

When we think safety... let's also think safe for our environment. Here's a do-it-yourself guide {PDF} to working on your boat with concern for the environment. Besides sound environmental reasons... there are some potentially expensive legal reasons to know this stuff.

Top Boating Safety Web Site Link:
We couldn't have done it better ourselves. So we're not going to try.
Check it out.
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If you haven't already been there, or not sure who they are... take a look at the United States Power Squadron web site.
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An excellent Company telling it, the way it is.

"Let's face it: Nobody is perfect. Throughout the years of manufacturing quality fire extinguishers, some mistakes DO happen. When they do, we make every effort to correct these mistakes. That is why we send out these service bulletins to correct these mistakes when they do happen, however infrequently that may be. If you use Kidde Safety Fire Extinguishers, please refer to these service bulletins, for they may still apply to the equipment that you use."

  Can I blow off my expired flare gun shells?

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  The official answer is... NO! The potential confusion that it could cause if someone saw the flair and thought it was an actual emergency,  is the main concern of the Coast Guard. (Helicopter time and Search n Rescue operations are not cheap...) Besides there is a  chance that someone else might actually need help while they are looking for the source of your flare.

  Well what do I do with the old ones?

  You can keep them on board the boat, but be sure to have enough flares with current dates on them, too. If they start to leak, remove them from the boat and contact your closest fire department to get information about disposal in your area.

Another Boating Safety Web site to spend some time at is operated by the National Boating Safety Council. They also offer an online boating safety course.

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