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Old 04-27-2021, 04:19 PM
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Thanks for the links Peter
Old 04-28-2021, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by dstarok View Post
Thanks for the links Peter
I need to put Peter on payroll. He is a wealth of information and experience. If nothing else, I owe him dinner if I am ever up that way.

The links he provided are great. If you want to keep it really simple, just add www.uscgboating.org to your favorites. Anything and everything that affects recreational boaters will be posted there as it is with the ECOS law.
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Old 04-28-2021, 07:35 AM
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Thanks Paul. Since I am retired Coast Guard I am, In a sense, still on the payroll. Keeps me from going loony during this pandemic.
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Good info, thanks
Old 05-02-2021, 08:49 PM
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nice, thanks
Old 05-03-2021, 07:58 AM
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Default Voluntary Dockside Inspection Suggestions

First, thank you for joining the THT to share your valuable experience.

I am about to schedule my annual dockside inspections with the USCG Auxiliary personnel.

They are great folks , but they have to stick to the mandated checking protocols and details, and each time I get inspected I find myself wondering why some safety equipment and paperwork is not part of the routine. Unless the procedure has changed from last year, here are a few topics I respectfully suggest might be added to the inspector's check list:

If the vessel has a MMSI rated radio, is it connected to the GPS?
Does the vessel operator have a MMSI account with full info?
If the vessel carries an EPIRB, is the registration current?
A brief inspection of manual and automatic inflation PFD's that might include an eyeball inspection of the CO2 cylinders for corrosion, and a check of the red/green OK window on auto inflate PFDs might catch tired equipment.
If the boat has an automatic bilge pump switch, how about raising the float and checking operation?
Same for High Water alarm sensors - pressing the "test" button on the switch panel only checks if the alarm system's buzzer works, not that the high water sensor itself is working.

Final thought on MMSI - a few years ago I interviewed a MMSI specialist at the USCG for an article I was writing on MMSI. He had what I this was a good suggestion. The "Boat Description" section of the data was restricted to 140 characters. He suggested adding the boat's bottom paint color to the info, noting that small boats often roll over when swamped or sinking. I though that was valuable advice.

Again, many thanks,
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Old 05-03-2021, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by nomad36 View Post
First, thank you for joining the THT to share your valuable experience.

I am about to schedule my annual dockside inspections with the USCG Auxiliary personnel.

They are great folks , but they have to stick to the mandated checking protocols and details, and each time I get inspected I find myself wondering why some safety equipment and paperwork is not part of the routine. Unless the procedure has changed from last year, here are a few topics I respectfully suggest might be added to the inspector's check list:

If the vessel has a MMSI rated radio, is it connected to the GPS?
Does the vessel operator have a MMSI account with full info?
If the vessel carries an EPIRB, is the registration current?
A brief inspection of manual and automatic inflation PFD's that might include an eyeball inspection of the CO2 cylinders for corrosion, and a check of the red/green OK window on auto inflate PFDs might catch tired equipment.
If the boat has an automatic bilge pump switch, how about raising the float and checking operation?
Same for High Water alarm sensors - pressing the "test" button on the switch panel only checks if the alarm system's buzzer works, not that the high water sensor itself is working.

Final thought on MMSI - a few years ago I interviewed a MMSI specialist at the USCG for an article I was writing on MMSI. He had what I this was a good suggestion. The "Boat Description" section of the data was restricted to 140 characters. He suggested adding the boat's bottom paint color to the info, noting that small boats often roll over when swamped or sinking. I though that was valuable advice.

Again, many thanks,
BP
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That's an interesting and timely topic. I was having a similar discussion a few weeks ago. I am working on that and other things like making our electronic float plans prompt for an image of the vessel.
Old 05-18-2021, 07:59 AM
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thank you!
Old 05-27-2021, 05:08 PM
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semper paratus! prior coast guard vet here myself!
Old 06-08-2021, 09:01 AM
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Default Bad Boating Etiquette

Forgive me if I sound like a whiner. Leaving the river this weekend in a no wake zone, as we approached open water, I was in a group of about 10-12 boats all proceeding correctly. Then a large sport fisher starts creeping up through the crowd. He wasn’t blasting through but he was definitely leaving a wake. Maybe going 2-3 MPH faster than the rest of us. Clearly he wanted to be at the front of the pack so he could gun it once past the NWZ, which he did. He threw up a huge wake which left many boats in the 25’ range getting tossed around. My first reaction was to get on the radio to remind him about boat etiquette. But that seemed a pointless waste of airspace. Is there a procedure where one can file a complaint with the Coast Guard? I realize they have more important things to do but I was wondering if they would at least send a letter to the boat owner reminding him of his responsibility. Obviously if someone did get swamped or injured, it would be different situation.

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