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Old 01-29-2019, 12:44 PM
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Welcome on board. I am a member of the United States Power Squadron. Our squadrons located across the US teach many different boating courses and seminars including required safety equipment, Seamanship, and marine navigation. We also conduct voluntary vessel safety checks as does the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. I am a certified inspector and have found these vessel inspections to be very good one on one educational exercises.
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Old 01-29-2019, 12:48 PM
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This thread has a ton of potential, thanks for doing it.

To answer the question - as a young man I took boater safety and hunter safety courses.

Nowadays I google CG and TPWD websites to make sure I'm compliant.
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Old 01-29-2019, 01:52 PM
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To answer the question, I currently get the basic knowledge from the internet via the CG or local Sheriff sites.

Previously I took the Boating Skills and Seamanship course with the USCG Auxillary in 1982 when I was 14 years old so I could drive the family boat legally back then. I took it again in 1996 as a refresher when I graduated from inland lakes to Lake Erie. The course gives the fundamentals of this hobby and was very helpful.

To spread the word consider working with the insurance companies to offer discounts if the course was taken and have the card to prove it. I still have mine and my insurer does offer the discount.

BTW, After reading some of your posts I figured you had more than just fundamental knowledge when it comes to this hobby. It all makes sense now.

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Old 01-29-2019, 02:10 PM
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As the resident smart ass, allow me to quote Ron White, "You can't fix STUPID!"
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Old 01-29-2019, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by USCG Safe Boating D8 View Post
Let me use this introductory thread to ask you a question. The answers to this question will help me know where to focus much of my effort.

Where do you get boating safety information? I tend to view things through the prism of my own life and experiences, but I may be missing something. Let me refine the question a bit. Boating safety is obviously my job, so I spend a lot of time actively seeking it out. How would the average boater who doesn't seek it out get exposed to recreational boating information of an educational value..
My father made me and my brother take a USCG Aux boating safety class when we were early teenagers, he had just gotten the family our 2nd boat.
I still remember and use much of that info even though it was 40 years ago.

Ongoing knowledge - THT of course.
Everyone here is Expert Level.

Ongoing - reading - anything relevant.
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
I am told that because of the Coast Guard guy's status as a n00b, he is limited to 5 posts per day. He is working with the mod and admin team to find a work-around so that he can to continue to respond.
you have been promoted. Post restriction lifted
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Old 01-29-2019, 05:37 PM
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Paul,
I have a question that has been hashed out on here already but would like your opinion. Heading out the inlet a quick call on 16 to Coast Guard station getting a radio check. I have done it for years and the Coast Guard has always been more than willing to accommodate even with them wishing good luck or happy holidays whatever applies.

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Old 01-29-2019, 06:59 PM
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Great Idea!
I took the NJ Safe Boater required course.

I think Youtube is an excellent source of safety info, west marine, boatUS etc have short videos on various topics.
A short to-the-point video is usually better than a long wandering video.
In a former life (career) we did 5 minute training at lineup. Worked well.

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The USCG guy remains post restricted and has also maxed out his the number of PMs he is allowed as a new member. He has assured me that he will attend your comments and questions as soon as he is freed!
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Old 01-30-2019, 05:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Offshoreaddicted View Post
Paul,
I have a question that has been hashed out on here already but would like your opinion. Heading out the inlet a quick call on 16 to Coast Guard station getting a radio check. I have done it for years and the Coast Guard has always been more than willing to accommodate even when with them wishing good luck or happy holidays whatever applies.
If you do that in Paul's district you will be told not to do it on 16.
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Old 01-30-2019, 06:37 AM
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Ch 16 is for vessel hailing and distress calls only. Radio check should be done on a working channel, pretty much any other channel not used by the uscg, commercial marine traffic etc. Depending on the area any channels other then 5,11,12,13,21a, should be good open channels.
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Old 01-30-2019, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by ryanbeh.16 View Post
Ch 16 is for vessel hailing and distress calls only. Radio check should be done on a working channel, pretty much any other channel not used by the uscg, commercial marine traffic etc. Depending on the area any channels other then 5,11,12,13,21a, should be good open channels.
Sea Tow has automated checks also. It works very well in my area.

https://www.seatow.com/tools-and-edu...ed-radio-check

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Old 01-30-2019, 07:14 AM
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Sounds like this will be a great resource! I have never taken a class. I boated with others for many years, but now I use the internet and also the knowledge of other boaters around me. I'm sure I have a lot to learn still.
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Went with Dad to the CG Aux classes when I was maybe 13-14 years old. Learned from family and friends. Read lots of fishing and boating magazines that often have safely articles. I get mags and emails from Sea tow, Boat US and my insurer with lots of safet guidance. Took the Florida safe boater course a few years ago to get insurance discount. Look up safety equipment requirements for my boat on the internet these days (particularly when I buy a new boat of a different size)
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Paul,

What are the rules for using a spotlight at night?

Also when in a no wake zone what is the operators responsibility as far their wake?
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I'll toss out a question. My wife took the CT boating safety course last winter (I sat in). When it came to the definition of "a vessel engaged in fishing" as it pertains to COLREGS, the instructor was insistent that the guy out trolling on a Saturday afternoon was " a vessel engaged in fishing". I tried to explain it to him that was not the definition under COLREGS, but he wasn't having any part of it so I just dropped the subject.
Maybe there are some here who don't know (or were taught incorrectly) who is and who is not "a vessel engaged in fishing" in the context of COLREGS ...could you explain.

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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
How about posting the checklist of safety equipment every recreational boater should have on board at a minimum and required by the USCG, the same list referenced when the USCG boards/inspects a recreational vessel.
Search for "A Boaters guide to the federal requirements for Recreational boats" This is a pretty good document. Page 42 is a grid that shows what is required by size of vessel. I don't know if it is what the USCG uses.
I do not have enough posts to include the URL

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"Vessel calling for a radio check on channel 16, this is United States Coast Guard Group Ft. Macon, please be aware channel 16 is for hailing and distress calls only, please shift your traffic to another frequency."

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