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Posted by admin - August 20, 2013 at 8:16 pm

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Boating in the Winter

winter boatingWhile most boaters are winterizing their boats for the winter, believe it or not, there are some diehards that boat through the cold winter months.

Oregon State’s government website outlines the many different aspects of boating during the winter months. They list sturgeon fishing, coastal crabbing, waterfowl hunting and even trout fishing in some of their reservoirs.

If you live in a coastal state, even the likes of Oregon, there are many different boating activities you can indulge in:

  • Crabbing – Based on the cooperation of the weather, crabbing in the winter can yield big hauls. It is important to plan ahead, and for sure check out the weather conditions before heading out.
  • Fishing – Sturgeon in the Columbia River in Oregon, salmon and steelhead in the streams and trout in many of the reservoirs can actually be great during the cold season. Waters are cold, in the 30’s and 40’s.
  • Waterfowl Hunting – Moving waters, like large rivers, can be extremely popular this time of year, and in season for fowl hunting. You’ll want to get up well before sunlight to set up your decoys and blinds.
  • Wildlife Viewing – Good time of year to observe water wildlife, mainly waterfowl.

Unlike the summer months, you have to take special precautions with the elements to guard against hypothermia. Layering up is the best way to stay warm during a cold day. Always wear a lifejacket. Also have the proper Safety and Survival equipment on board.

There’s a good rule: A 50-year-old swimmer has a 50/50 chance of surviving a 50 yard swim to shore in 50 degree water.

Be safe and be careful… but enjoy the beauties of winter.

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Posted by admin - November 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

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Boating and Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

Although not a large statistic, every year 15 to 20  boaters die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

What makes it a silent killer is CO is colorless and odorless, and you usually don’t know that you are being poisoned until it is too late. It acts quickly, as it is absorbed into the blood stream at a rate that is 200 times faster than that of oxygen. It actually replaces the oxygen in your blood stream with CO. So basically a victim suffocates to death from the lack of oxygen.

The symptoms of CO poisoning are nausea, headaches and drowsiness. In the early stages of CO poisoning the symptoms are similar to that of feeling of seasick. If not recognized and acted upon, CO can kill a person in a matter of minutes.

To avoid CO poisoning, make sure that exhaust fumes are ventilated properly. Be educated on how CO poisoning happens and avoid situations that would put you and your boaters at risk.

The types of situations that are higher risk to CO poisoning are:

  • Swimming in an area, like the back of a boat, or a swimming platform, where a generator or the engine are being operated.
  • Floating next to or near a boat that is just idling.
  • Board (Teak) surfing behind a boat.
  • Improper cabin ventilation, especially while sleeping.

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to avoid the risk of a poisoning event is to purchase and properly install carbon monoxide detectors in your boat, and to make sure you test them regularly and replace the batteries at least once a year.

The fun of boating can be dashed with a tragic event like carbon monoxide poisoning. So take the necessary precautions and enjoy a hazard-free boating outing.

 

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Posted by admin - July 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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July 4th To Bring Out The Boaters In Mases

This 4th of July week is developing into a very warm and clear day nationwide. And with warm and clear weather, boaters will be on the lakes in droves.

With the increase in boating traffic comes an increase in boating accidents.

The US Coast Guard reported that in 2011 4,588 boating accidents occurred with 758 deaths, 3,081 injuries and an estimated $52 million dollars in costs. Considering these statistics, almost 1 in 5 accidents result in a death, compared to 1 in 300 with  automobile accidents. Because of the higher risk to boaters, it makes it that much more important to take extra safety precautions when boating.

The US Coast Guard has indicated that boating accidents have four common causes: Excessive speed; Improper lookout; Operator inexperience; and Operator inattention.

To have a safer 4th of July week celebration while boating, follow these four important boating safeguards:

  • Do not speed, slow down – Remember that a boat, unlike a car, do not have brakes, so give yourself plenty of time to stop, if you need to stop in a hurry. Pay attention to wake-less zones.
  • Pay Attention – Be alert at all times of your surroundings, other boats and personal watercraft. Have others in the boat help to spot others on the water.
  • Know the rules – Be educated on boating safety requirements. Know your distances and standard operating procedures for boats. Take a boating safety course.
  • Drinking and Boating – Don’t mix drinking and boating. Alcohol plays a role in the cause of accidents each year.

Most boating accidents are due to operator error. Be prepared and alert, and you’ll have a fun, accident-free week. And remember to wear a life jacket.

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Posted by admin - June 28, 2012 at 10:55 pm

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Basics of Boating

Boating BasicsIf you are new to boating, it is important to learn the basic guidelines to safe boating. Knowing these ahead of time, before you are challenged with situation on the water, lessens the risk of problems. If you are a seasoned boating veteran, brushing up on the basics is important to keep these things fresh on your mind.

 

 

 

 

The following are some common-sense boating guidelines:

  1. Weather – Always know the forecast before setting out on the water, whether it is ocean boating, or on a lake. Knowing beforehand the wind and storm conditions, and avoiding weather conditions which could be disastrous and life-threatening, will keep your boating memories as pleasant ones.
  2. Double Check – Always review a list of important items to review before departing on the open water. Things like putting your plug in the boat, sufficient life jackets and up-to-date fire extinguishers, are some of the important ones.
  3. Let Others Know – Let those staying on land of your boating plan, where you are going and how long you will be gone.
  4. Boat Operators – Make sure you have another person on board who understands your vessel, how to operate it and what to do in case of an emergency. This becomes critical if you encounter a medical issue in which you cannot function physically or mentally.
  5. Safety First – Always follow boating safety rules. Never put yourself or your crew at risk for pushing the envelope of boating safety.

Posted by admin - June 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm

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