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In This Issue

Safety Checklist ..............................................................................3 Boating Safety . ...............................................................................5 Docking Tips......................................................................................6 First Aid .............................................................................................9 Preventing Boat Theft.................................................................17 Eco-Friendly Boating....................................................................23 Pet Safety.........................................................................................27 Dogs And Life Jackets....................................................................34 Aids to Navigation . ......................................................................39 Fire Safety........................................................................................40 seas of Green..................................................................................42 Boat Ramps......................................................................................51 Life Jackets.......................................................................................58 Index ................................................................................................66


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B o at s a f e t y c h e c k l i s t By using this checklist, or one fine-tuned by yourself, you’ll be sure that everything is on board and in good working order. Your passengers will appreciate knowing you’re concerned about boating safety. Float plan - let a friend or relative know when you’re leaving, where you’re going, when you expect to return, what to do if you don’t, and a description of your boat Registration certificate or documentation Personal Flotation Devices (wearable and throw able) - USCG approved, good condition, readily accessible, assigned and fitted Fire Extinguishers - right number, size, and class for boat; charged, not corroded, nozzle clear, bracketed, readily accessible

securely fastened down Sound-producing device - horn, whistle appropriate for boat Alternate propulsion - paddle or oar First Aid Kit • Tools, spare outboard prop and lock nut Compass Sunscreen Weather Radio

Visual Distress Signals - current dates on flares, proper number, batteries good if lights or EPIRB Anchors and Line - adequate anchor for bottom, adequate line for water depth Bilge device - bilge pump operable, alternative bailing device available Watch or clock - operable Bright flashlight or searchlight Navigation lights - tested and operable, spare bulbs Batteries - fully charged, encased in plastic boxes or terminals covered,

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Boating Safety ACCIDENT REPORTING

Boat Operators involved in an accident must provide their name, address and;! Vessel registration to other involved parties, provide assistance and, in case of death or disappearance report the accident to law enforcement officials, Boat operators or owners must also make a written report of a boating accident to the Department of Boating and Waterways when: 1. A person dies 2. Personal Injury requiring medical treatment beyond first aid 3. Total vessel damage exceeding $500 4. Complete loss of the vessel 5. Disappearance of a person or persons from suspected Injury or death. This report must be made within 48 hours of the accident in cases involving disappearance, a death that occurs within 24 hours of the accident, or injury that requires medical attention beyond first aid. If you are unsure about how to report a boating accident, simply call the Coast Guard’s toll-free BOATING SAFETY Hotline at 1-800:368-5641 for information.

CAPSIZING

If the boat is too large or heavy to right by yourself, do not attempt to swim away; STAY WITH THE BOAT and wait to be rescued. KEEP YOUR LIFE JACKET ON. If the boat is small and light enough to right, swim around the boat and grab or climb on the windward rail (the side of the boat sticking up in the air) to pull the hull back in the water. If your boat has a centerboard, pull down or stand on it to see-saw the boat upright. If it’s a sailboat, uncleat the sheets (lines) that hold the sails in place. If you don’t, the sails can fill with air as soon as the boat is righted and tip it over again.

MAN OVERBOARD

If YOU fall overboard, your main concern is to stay afloat. If you are not wearing a life jacket and cannot grab a personal flotation device, try to catch air in your clothing for buoyancy. In cold water, don’t expend too much energy; tread water very slowly, or if wearing a life jacket, assume the huddled HELP. (Heat Escape lessening Posture) position to conserve body heat. Try to make your head and shoulders as visible as possible so rescuers can spot you. If SOMEONE ELSE falls overboard, immediately steer the vessel toward the side he fell off. Post a lookout. Throw the victim a life ring or other personal floatation device, plus a lifeline with a bowline loop at the end to slip over his body and under his arms. If available, throw out a manoverboard pole, a buoyed counterweighted pole with a highly visible flag on top to alert other boaters of the victim’s presence and to mark the spot for the rescue. boat. Stop the forward progress of the boat by taking the engine out of gear, or by luffing the sails on a non·-powered sailboat. Alter your course 90 degrees end prepare to come alongside the victim for rescue.

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Docking tips Docking Safely

Hope you don't think just because the left side of your boat is called the "Port Side" that you always should dock with that side toward the pier. There are several reasons why you should dock on one side or the other, but here is the most important: Almost always and almost without fail you should first determine the direction of the wind and/or current before deciding which side should go to the pier. Whichever is the strongest determines the direction into which your bow should be pointing. For example, if the wind is blowing lightly from left to right across the dock, but the current is roaring from right to left, you would want to approach with your bow into the current and dock to the port side. That is because the current is stronger than the wind. To determine which is strongest just park in idle off the dock and see which way the boat wants to go. If you see that the forces of wind and current push you from right to left across a dock, plan your approach from left to right, with your bow into the strongest force.

Getting Your Boat Off a Dock

Sounds easy enough, right? Just push until you are clear of the dock and off you go. But, if your boat is rather large, and there is a lot of wind or adverse current, it is not that easy.

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If the wind or current is moving parallel to the dock, this is a pretty easy scenario. Then you simply need to use a spring line and good fendering. The spring line should be used on the opposite end of the oncoming current or wind. For example, if your bow is into the wind/current, then you would put a spring line from your aft cleat and go forward on the dock. Just release the bow line and hit reverse a bit and the bow will swing out. Once clear, motor forward and retrieve your aft spring line. (Note, if there is no one on the dock to undue your mooring line, here is a good tip. Have a dock line that has a clean end – no knots, kinks or unravelings. Then for your spring secure the line to your cleat, around a piling or cleat on the dock and back to the original cleat. Once you have sprung the boat off the dock, untie the clean end and let it go. Then retrieve the line. The clean end will slide around the dock cleat and back to the boat) If the wind is perpendicular to the dock and blowing on to the dock, this is a much more difficult situation. You best bet is to spring your bow line. Use hard rudder in the direction that will kick your stern out and away from the dock. Once the stern is out far enough to clear, reverse rudder and engines and retrieve your bow spring line. article courtesy of American Boating Association

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First Aid RESCUE BREATHING

Life depends on oxygen rich blood reaching the brain. When a person Is not spontaneously breathing, Rescue Breathing, previously called mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, Is required. To assess if Rescue Breathing is needed: Look at the victim’s chest to see if it Is rising and failing Listen near the victim’s mouth and nose for the sound of respiration Feel using your cheek, for air moving from the victim’s mouth and nose When breathing stops, whatever the cause, call for help and begin rescue breathing Steps to Begin Rescue Breathing: 1. Lay the victim on their back on a firm surface. (A firm surface Is required If CPR must be initiated.) 2. The rescuer should place the heel of his/her hand closest to the victim’s head on the victim’s forehead to tilt the head back. While head tilt is important. over extending the neck may restrict the airway. In general, adults need the greatest angle of head tilt, children less, and infants the least. For victims with suspected neck Injury, It Is recommended to limit head tilt to a minimum while opening the airway by lifting the Jaw and holding the chin. 3. Using the hand which Is keeping the head extended, pinch the nostrils closed with the thumb and forefinger. continued on page 10

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4. Lift the victim’s chin with your hand nearest the victim’s feet. (Not necessary to lift an infants Jaw, although you may wish to support the chin while you are administering breaths.) 5. Take a deep breath. (For children and infants, reduce the amount of breath you administer. You are administering the right amount if you can see their chest rise fully when you exhale and breathe into them.) 6. Open your mouth wide and seal your lips around the victim’s mouth or around the mouth to mask breathing device. If you cannot get a good seal, close the mouth while keeping the head’ tilted and place your mouth over the nose of the victim to administer the breaths. 7. For Infants and small children, you should seal your lips around the victims mouth and nose. 8. Give 2 slow breaths. Breathe Into the victim until their chest gently rises. If the breath does not go in, or if the chest does not rise, re-tilt the head, make sure you are lifting the chin appropriately, and try again. 9. If water or vomit begins to come out of the mouth, turn the victim’s head or body to the side, sweep out the debris, re-position them on their back and continue. If a neck Injury Is suspected, always roll the victim keeping the neck and back in alignment 10. Check for a pulse. In adults, the carotid pulse In the neck Just to the side of the midline is recommended. For Infants, the brachial pulse located on the Inside of the upper arm is recommended. Depress the area for 5-10 seconds using 2-3 fingers to feel for a pulse. (Do not use your thumb or you will feel your own pulse.) If a pulse is present, count the rate for 15 seconds and multiply that number by 4. Normal pulse ranges are listed below. Normal Pulse Ranges Adult.............................................................60-80 Children......................................................80-100 Infants to 2 year olds................................100-120

11. 12. If a pulse is present, continue rescue breathing by giving 1 slow breath every: 5 seconds for an adult or 3 seconds for a child or Infant 13. Recheck pulse and breathing about every 1·2 minutes continued on page 13

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14. Continue rescue breathing as long as a pulse is present, but the person iss not breathing. 15. If the pulse stops begin CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)

before beginning CPR, rescue breathing should have begun. Chest compressions are only necessary if a pulse is not present. • After two breaths are administered, begin chest compressions. • Locate the sternum by following the curve of the ribs to the midline of the chest. • Measure three finger breadths up from that point and place the heel of your right hand over the sternum. (For adults and children this Is in the middle 1/3 of the sternum. For Infants, place fingertips of one hand on the lower 1/3 of the sternum or between the nipples.) • Place your left hand over the right. (For adults only. For children use only 1 hand.) • Apply pressure vertically down from the shoulder, keeping your elbows straight and using your body weight as compressing force. • Continue cardiac compressions and rescue breathing at the ratio of 15 cardiac compressions to 2 breaths. • Recheck for pulse and respirations every 1·2 minutes. • CPR should be discontinued when professional assistance arrives, the victim’s condition is improved. or the rescuer is exhausted and unable to continue. CPR should continue while further recommendations are obtained from a maritime physician consulting service. The rate, depth, and hand usage to give compressions are as follows: Victim Adult Child (1-8 yrs.) Infant (To 1 yr.)

Depth 1.5 . 2 inches 1 Inch 0.5 Inch

Rate/Minute 60 80 100

Hand Usage 2 hands 1 hand 2 fingers

CHOKING

Conscious Choking Victim: Assess If assistance Is needed. Ask: Are you choking? Can you speak? As long as the victim can cough forcefully, stay nearby and encourage his coughing effort. If the victim’s cough becomes weak or they can no longer breath, give abdominal thrusts. continued on page 14

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Technique for Conscious Adults and Children In a Standing or Sitting Position: Stand behind the victim wrapping your arms around the victim’s waist. Make a fist with one hand placing the thumb side against the victim’s abdomen, just·above the naval. Grasp your fist with your other hand. Administer 5 forceful and rapid upward thrusts, Se careful to remove pressure completely between thrusts. You may not need to thrust as firmly on a child. Repeat until the object Is cleared or the victim becomes unconscious. Technique for Infants (Either Conscious or Unconscious) Cradle Infant face down over your forearm with the head pointed down toward the floor. Administer 5 blows on the back between the shoulders. Turn the Infant over, while balancing him or her on your arm & administer 5 chest thrusts (compressions 1/2 inch deep In center of the breastbone) between the nipples. Lift the jaw and tongue to determine If the object causing the airway obstruction is present. If so, use your finger to carefully sweep it out. Be careful not inadvertently push the object back down into the airway. Unconscious Choking Victim: Attempt rescue breathing as described in the previous section. If air will still not go in, place the heel of one hand against the middle of the abdomen just above the naval. Place the other hand over the hand on the abdomen and give forceful upward abdominal thrusts. Lift the Jaw and tongue to check for the obstructing object. If seen, sweep It out with a finger. If you cannot see anything do not sweep. Tilt head back and attempt to give breaths again. Continue until breaths can be given. Once the object is removed, continue rescue breathing until the victim is spontaneously breathing. Monitor the victim closely. If the victim’s airway has been blocked for more than a minute, It Is advisable to contact a medical consultation service immediately or an emergency medical service if in port.

NEAR· DROWNING

When lack of breathing is known to have been caused from near-drowning, It Is helpful to place the victim’s body at an angle in which the head is slightly lower than the body. This facilitates drainage of water from the lungs & reduces the risk of re-inhaling these fluids. Be prepared for water to sputter or gush from the victim. Turn the victim’s head to one side so it does not enter the lungs. (Again, remember to roll the head & body in unison if a neck Injury is suspected.) The victim may spontaneously begin breathing which may begin by coughing & gasping for breath. This is a good sign. If breathing does not spontaneously return, continue rescue breathing and/or CPR. It is advisable to contact a medical consultation service for further recommendations for care at sea, After resuscitation, watch a near drowning victim carefully for 24 hours. If near medical facilities, it is advisable to have the victim checked by a physician.

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P r e v e n t i n g B o at T h e f t

Across the nation, as recreational boating continues to gain popularity, more and more boats, trailers, equipment, electronics and personal items are stolen each year. Most of these crimes are committed by amateurs who, when tempted with an easy opportunity, can't resist the temptation. Remember the old adage that locks are just a means of keeping honest people honest. This certainly applies to boating. You would be surprised at how often, when strolling the fuel dock, you will find a boat that has pulled up for fuel or refreshments, just sitting there unattended with the keys in the ignition - or, worse yet, idling away. Even if the keys aren't present, you might see a handheld VHF radio or a pair of expensive binoculars just lying in the seat or on the dash. What can you do to make sure your boat stays in your possession? Read on for tips on security.

MARK IT:

Permanently mark or engrave your boat, your trailer, all your equipment, and electronics and personal items that you use regularly on your boat with your vessel's hull identification

number (HIN) and/or your driver's license number. Your boat, unless manufactured prior to 1972, will already have a HIN on the transom. Permanently mark your driver's license number in a location that is not readily accessible or noticeable. The same should apply to the trailer. Perhaps mark your boat's HIN and your DL number on the underside of the tongue or axle. As for your equipment, electronics and other items, use some method of permanently marking them as well. Be sure to keep a copy of your boat and trailer registrations at home in a safe place. It is also a good idea to take a hull rubbing of your HIN. Take a sheet of thin paper and tape it over your HIN number on the transom. Using a soft leaded pencil, rub back and forth across the number lightly until in shows up on the piece of paper.

RECORD IT:

Make a complete inventory of your boat, trailer and equipment. List all electronic gear, binoculars, outboard motors, PFDs, fishing equipment etc. by brand, model, and serial numbers if available. Also record your boat by make, model, registration and HIN number. Be sure to record the license number of your trailer. Keep this master inventory list at home and keep a copy for reference in a hidden place on your boat in case you find something missing.

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PHOTOGRAPH OR FILM IT:

Take pictures or videotape your boat, trailer and equipment from all angles. Keep copies at home in a safe place, perhaps alongside your insurance papers.

ARM IT:

Consider an alarm system. Selfcontained systems are inexpensive and can be purchased at most any electronics or marine store. Be sure to choose a system specifically designed for boating use. The damp and constantly moving marine environment puts demands on the alarm system, requiring special sensors and properly protected location. Systems not designed for marine use may malfunction or report false alarms. Be sure, if you have an enclosed cabin, to include a smoke detector in your alarm system.

Boats on trailers are easy crime targets if thieves can just hitch up and drive away. Here are several ways that you can help prevent that: 1. If possible, store the boat and trailer in a locked garage, secured boat storage facility or ministorage warehouse. 2. Keep the boat well inside your yard, preferably out of sight. 3. If possible, turn the trailer around so the it is nose-in rather than out. 4. In a carport or driveway, park a vehicle in front of the trailer, blocking easy removal. 5. For any type of outside storage, remove at least one wheel from the trailer. 6. Use a high-security chain and quality lock to secure the boat and trailer to a fixed object such as a tree or post. 7. No matter how you store your trailer, get a trailer hitch lock. 8. Some trailers are available that allow you to remove the forward part of the tongue which contains the hitch.

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SECURE IT:

Boats should be covered and secured as completely as possible. Ignition switches should be locked, and additional steps should be considered, such as installing a hidden "kill switch," adding a hidden fuel shut off, or removing motor parts such as the coil wire.

Obviously your best bet is to remove all equipment from your boat and store it in the garage or other secure area. Make sure you lock hatches and opening ports. If your boat doesn't have them, or they are broken, you can purchase hatch locks at any marine store. When possible, valuable and easily removed items should be secured below deck in a locked compartment. Lockers should be equipped with non-removable hasps and hinges and secured with padlocks. continued on page 20

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Lock outboard motors and fuel tanks to the boat. When your boat is left unattended, close the window curtains if you have them so people can not "window shop." If your boat is kept in the water at a dock, consider chaining it to the dock. Also, get to know your marina neighbors and form a marina watch group.

INSURE IT:

Insurance is an important part of any theft protection plan. Unfortunately, it's sometimes seen as a substitute for security precautions. True, insurance may replace stolen property and repair damage but there is usually a deductible that must be met and there are intangibles that insurance doesn't cover. Down time, inconvenience and aggravation normally aren't compensated. Finally, insurance companies don't like losses. Just one claim can result in increased rates and a loss history will probably result in cancellation. Even when no claims have been filed, using a facility with a poor crime history can result in prohibitively high premiums or denial of coverage.Be sure to take a boating safety course such as Nautical Know How's. You may save considerably on your insurance premiums.

REPORT IT:

What should you do if you are a victim of marine theft? Immediately report your loss to your local law enforcement agency, the United States Coast Guard if on federal waters, your insurance company and the marina or storage facility manager. When a loss occurs, the ability to positively identify property is crucial to its recovery and the the prosecution of thieves and dealers in stolen goods.

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By following the above suggestions you can reduce the risk of loss of your boat, trailer or equipment by theft. You should also exercise caution when buying a boat or running across a "good deal" on equipment. To avoid problems, match the HIN listed on the title and registration to the one on the boat. Inspect the HIN on the transom to be sure it has not been altered in any way. (Also, contact the manufacturer to see if a second, duplicate HIN was placed on the vessel or equipment in an inconspicuous place.) And, if you think that pair of $500.00 binoculars is a real bargain at only 25 bucks... well, remember the saying about things that seem too good to be true... Read more: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/ preventboattheft#ixzz0u8Q5UXk5

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E c o - F r i e n d ly B o a t i n g You love to be on the water, you love the marine environment, so why not make sure you do what’s necessary to keep it healthy and clean? Though you may not think your boat makes much of an impact, think of all the millions of vessels out there with you. Here are just a few tips.

TRASH and TOXINS

• Properly dispose of all waste and litter, including sewage.

 • Don’t throw any trash overboard, particularly fishing line and plastics, which take centuries to decompose and are deadly for marine life who get tangled in it or confuse it for food. Additionally, the ocean is contaminated with literal tons of microscopic plastic. For more information visit the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, an organization that has conducted research on plastic pollution in the marine environment.

 • According to the Ocean Conservancy, the biggest ocean and coastal pollution offenders, aka the “dirty dozen” are: 1) cigarette butts
 2) paper pieces
 3) plastic pieces
 4) styrofoam
 5) glass pieces
 6) plastic food bags
 7) plastic caps and lids 8) metal beverage cans
 9) plastic straws
 10) glass beverage bottles
 11) plastic beverage bottles
 12) styrofoam cups

• As with SCUBA diving, take only pictures, leave only bubbles.

 • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - take advantage of marinas that provide facilities for recycling oil, aluminum, glass, plastic, and antifreeze.

 • Keep reusable items such as plates, silverware, cups and glasses onboard to reduce waste.

 • Note for most trash items, it takes hundreds of years to biodegrade, aluminum cans, for example take 200-500 years to decompose.

 • Do not spill petroleum products or “top off” the tanks. A single quart of oil can create an oil slick as large as three football fields and remain in the area for up to two years.

 • Use as little detergent as possible for cleaning, and always use nonphosphate and non-toxic products. Don’t use toxic cleaners on your vessel. Use products like those from the commonly available Simple Green, Seaside Naturals, or TRAC Ecological Marine Products.

 • Don’t use toxic paint. There are environmentally friendly, yet durable marine anti-fouling paints available such as those manufactured by Ecological Coatings.

BOATING

Protect the shoreline from erosion and preserve aquatic vegetation:

 • Reduce throttle to “no wake” speed when close to shore.

 • Don’t operate in shallow water where you risk stirring up bottom sediment or destroying aquatic plants.



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• Avoid importing alien species by draining the bilge and cleaning the prop before leaving a waterway. 

SAVE FUEL • Slower speeds = less fuel
 • Reduce drag as much as possible
 • Avoid idling
 • Minimize the use of onboard generators
 • Know exactly where you’re going
 • Keep the hull clean
 • Keep the engine tuned

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Boating and drinking alchohol seem to go hand in hand. When you drink, physiological changes to your body can impair your ability to maintain your safety and the safety of others. 

 • Alcohol reduces inhibition and

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 • Alcohol erodes your sense of balance, increasing the risk of accidents on the boat of of falling into the water.

 • Your vision is negatively affected. Color and depth perception and peripheral vision deteriorate, creating the risk of striking other boats, swimmers, or marine life, particularly at night.

 • Your coordination is impaired, if you or another passenger were to fall into the water, your ability to float, grab a life ring or other flotation device, and ability to stay warm are all decreased.

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Pet Safety In the last ten years, I think my wife and I have gone out on our boat only a handful of times without our dog. That’s a lot of hours on the water, with our beloved pooch. Over the years, we’ve hit some bumpy seas, some very very hot and humid weather, and some ideal weather. We’ve gone swimming in bays, coves and chop. We’ve been lucky, but we also plan rather well. Here are some tips that will make your day on the water safe and enjoyable for all the participants.

and pets. Not all dogs can swim! Not all dogs are great swimmers, and depending on where your boat is located, should fido fall overboard, he/she may not be able to reach you before he/she suffers from exhaustion or hypothermia. So, have your dog wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Pet PFD’s are sold by all the major marine vendors. Now, don’t just buy the PFD, try it on the dog once and throw it in the hold! Practice donning the vest, as well as having your pet swim with the PFD!

Drinking Water

First thing we do when getting underway is making sure we have enough water for the dog. Dogs perspire through panting, and while doing so, loose copious amounts of body fluids. It’s imperative to keep them hydrated. We bring our water in a sports bottle, with a sports cap. Our dog learned to drink from the sports cap probably around the same time she finished with her shots. We also carry a dog bowl, for her water. Quite often, she snubs her water, while on the boat. Remember, you know better, and as responsible pet owners, sometimes you need to force them to drink. It’s amazing what a little coaxing will do.

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It’s a new experience for them, and unless they get used to it, you’ll have problems, should they ever really need to wear the PFD. The Boat/US Foundation did a study on pet PFD’s. Here’s the URL: http:// www.boatus.com/foundation/findings/ findingsdog.htm.

The New Pet

You’ve just gotten a new pet, and you want to take them boating. What a great idea! However, don’t assume your pet will a) like your boat and b) enjoy boating! Dogs and cats (especially) like firm, stable surfaces. A boat can be anything but stable.

When you get a new pet, first thing you should do is acclimate them to the new environment, while the boat is tied up to its normal dock or mooring. Let the animal get used to its surroundings. Have them also wear their PFD awhile, during this time. This will get them acclimated not only to the boat, but the PFD. Next turn on your engines and see if the sounds associated with them disturbs the animal. My dog couldn’t care less about the sound of an engine, but thunder, a firecracker or any sudden loud noise, and she freaks out. Better to be safe than sorry, for both you and the well being of your pets.

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We all hope, when we go boating to have a warm sunny day. That’s fine for you, but special attention must be paid to your pets! Too much sun and heat will cause heat problems for the animal.

Make sure you have a shaded area on your boat that your pet can hide under. Hopefully there is air movement, to aid in cooling them down. Remember to make sure they drink, and I find wetting down their coats also helps them feel cooler -or it helps us feel that they feel cooler. Protect their pads. Dogs and cats absorb cold and heat through their pads, and you need to be aware that they don’t burn them on the hot fiberglass.

Dogs and cats (as well as many other pets) can suffer the same types of heat emergencies humans can. They include, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and sun stroke.

As you find after a couple hours on the boat that you need to use the head, so will your animal. You have a few options, depending on the type of pet you have.

Take short trips at first, again to let your pet get acclimated to the pitch and roll of boating. Remember, if you can get seasick, so can your pets!

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Cats - place their litter box at the lowest level of your boats, and make sure its level. This should induce them to use their liter box. Also, by making sort of a castle with pillows, at the same point (lowest level), should you get into rough seas, kitty may feel more secure. Dogs - you can train your dog to do his/her business in a specific spot. Its hard work, but it can be done. If you’re going to cruise, this would be the best bet. This way, you don’t have to find land every few hours so fido can relieve him/herself.

On the other hand, you can always go ashore and let them do their business. Remember, pick up and properly dispose of the waste products left by your animals. The Marine Sanitation Environmental Laws, should be respected; even though this is not human waste - it sill causes bacterial problems. In fact, if you go ashore, there may well be animal waste laws in effect! Boating with the family pet is a great way to enjoy this wonderful sport. By taking a few extra steps, you can insure a fun, safe time for all.

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Dogs and Life Jackets 1. You wear a life vest and so should your dog. There are personal floatation devices (PFD) especially for dogs. Get one. Make sure the PFD fits properly. It should have a strap across the back to help pull the dog onto the boat if he falls in the water. 2. The first time, the dog may not want to wear it. Once he gets used to boating, he'll associate the life jacket with an outing and look forward to it. 3. Have him swim around in a shallow area with the PFD on so he gets used to that situation. 4. Getting into the boat from the dock can be safer for your dog with a dog boat ramp. If the dog is small and easily handed into the boat, then you may not need a dog ramp. Another helpful item is a dog boat ladder. This is intended for use out in the water. 5. Some dogs are water lovers. Make sure your lab or golden retriever or standard poodle understands that there's boat time and there's water time. Don't encourage them to leap into the water from the boat one time, then try to keep them from doing it in the middle of the lake or ocean. 6. Have a practice rescue drill so you'll know what's involved in pulling your dog into the boat from the water. 7. Get the dog gradually adjusted to the boat. Get in it with the dog first on dry land, then at the dock. Start the engine, and give your pet a chance to adjust to the sound. 8. Bring water for the dog. You don't want them drinking out of lakes and rivers. There could be possible contamination from dripped gasoline or harmful bacteria. 9. Watch out for slippery decks as the dogs paws have trouble getting traction on fiberglass. Some owners put a rug (with rubber backing) down for their pet to rest on. It's a good idea, as the surfaces in the boat can get uncomfortably hot for an animal. Read more: How to Keep a Dog Safe in a Boat | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5177365_keep-dog-safeboat.html#ixzz130UAK9AU

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The impact of recreational boating on aquatic ecosystems is significant. Fish, shellfish, sea birds and other forms of aquatic life require a balance of nutrients, oxygen and clean water to survive. Even small quantities of toxic products in the water can disrupt this balance, with lasting harmful effects. Today’s latest eco-friendly, alternative “green” products represent a commitment to cleaner seas and the environment . Whether it is a bio-based degreaser to clean bilges – or- a rollup solar panel charger for “high seas” energy for recharging cell phones, Blackberrys or i-pods – or – an inexpensive purification system on your boat for better drinking water, Greener Country (in Bohemia, New York www.greenercountry. com ) can respond to your specific concerns with its hundreds of eco-friendly products .

TIPS fOR ClEAN AND GREEN BOATING: greener cleaning : it is recommended to use environmentally-certified “green cleaning” alternatives, whenever possible, which quickly identifies products that assure you of minimal adverse environmental impact and are safer for you and your family. Increasingly proven, bio-based, non-polluting “green” products work just as well - if not better - than conventional petrochemical equivalents. Greener Country offers a boater’s green cleaning menu of green alternative products for daily and specialty cleaning, maintaining and degreasing of your boat . Our environmentally-friendly paint strippers use citrus or soy bean technology and remove antifouling paint or varnish without the use of traditional toxic chemicals.

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MANAGE SEWAGE WASTE PROPERly:

Greener Country offers an aerobic biological treatment system for toilets / heads that uses air, water, and naturally occurring enzymatic bacteria to break down waste water into environmentally degradable components. This product provides instant odor control to eliminate odors in holding tanks without using harsh chemicals. Never discharge sewage within 3 miles of shore. Use harbor pump-out stations and shore-side facilities. If you don’t have an installed toilet, use a porta-potty and empty it at a harbor dump station or bathroom.

REDuCE GREyWATER DISCHARGES: use one of Greener Country’s natural biodegradable cleaners to minimize the impact of grey water on the marine environment. Also minimize discharge by doing dishes and showers on shore whenever possible.

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RECyClE yOuR WASTE: dispose of paints, batteries, antifreeze, cleaning products, oil and other hazardous wastes at a waste collection

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STOW yOuR TRASH: keep your trash onboard and never throw cigarette butts, fishing line, or any other garbage into the ocean. Fish and birds will mistake this trash for food. Greener Country carries a full line of 100% biodegradable & compostable trash bags made from corn starch and other renewable sources. No polyethylene plastics are used in these bags . Meets California law requirements. Take advantage of shore-side facilities to recycle plastic, glass, metal and

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A i d s t o n av i g a t i o n Lateral System (Federal)

The waters of the United States are marked for safe navigation by the lateral system of buoyage. This system employs II simple arrangement of colors, shapes, numbers and light characteristics to show the side on which II buoy should be passed when proceeding in a given direction. The characteristics are determined by the position of the buoy with respect to the navigable channels as the channels are entered from seaward. The expression “red right returning” has long been used by the .seafarer as a reminder that the red buoys are passed on the starboard (right) side when proceeding from the open sea into port (upstream). Likewise, green buoys are passed on the post (left) side, Conversely, when proceeding toward the sea or leaving port, red buoys are passed on the port side end green buoys on the starboard side. Red buoys are always even-numbered. Green buoys are odd-numbered. Red and white vertically stripped buoys mark the center of the channel.

MOORING TO BUOYS

Tying up or hanging on to any navigation buoy (except a mooring buoy) or beacon is prohibited.

AIDS TO NAVIGATION

In recent years, modification to certain aids to navigation located on coastal and Inland waters have been completed. These changes apply to aids used In both the lateral and state waterway marking systems. See charts that follow:

• Port-hand buoys are painted green, with green fixed or flashing lights. • Starboard-hand buoys are painted red, with red fixed or flashing lights. • Safe water buoys, also called mldchannel or fairway buoys, and approach buoys are painted with red and white vertical stripes, with flashing lights. • Preferred channel, or junction buoys, are painted with red end green horizontal bands, with flashing lights. • Special marks (traffic separation, anchorage areas, dredging, fish net areas, etc.) are painted yellow. If lighted, the light may be fixed or flashing.

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Fire Safety Portable Fire Extinguishers are rated as follows:

Fire Extinguishers are classified by letters and numbers according to the class and size fire they can put out. The letter, (A, B, C, or D) indicates the class of fire. The number is a measure of the capacity of the extinguisher - the larger the number, the greater the capacity of extinguishing material to put out a fire Class A - Fires in ordinary combustibles, e.g. wood, cloth, paper, rubber and many plastics. (These are materials that burn easily, account for many boat fires, and can be extinguished with water.)

Class B – Fires in flammable liquids, combustible liquids, petroleum greases, tars, oils, oil-based paints, solvents, lacquers, alcohols, and flammable gases Class C – Fires that involve energized, electrical equipment Class D – Fires in combustible metals Class K – Fires in cooking appliances that involve combustible cooking media (vegetable or animal oils and fats)

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BOATING FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

Coast Guard minimum requirements are exactly that: the absolute minimum. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has issued extinguisher recommendations that go beyond the Coast Guards. Open boats under 16ft with fiberglass or metal hulls and a light load of flammable Class A materials Open boats under 15ft Boats 16ft to, but not including 26 ft Open boats 16ft to, but not including 26 ft Boats 26ft to, but not including40 ft

Boats 40ft to, but not including 65 ft Boats equal to and greater than 65ft in length Portable fire extinguishers shall be mounted with a marine bracket specified on the extinguisher and located near the means of egress and be readily accessible to the compartment they are intended to serve. All required portable fire extinguishers located in accommodation spaces shall have Class A capability and at least one extinguisher shall be located at each occupied level. It shall not be necessary to travel more than half the length of the vessel or 33 ft, whichever is less, to reach an extinguisher.

1 x 5BC portable fire extinguisher located at the steering position 1 x 1A10BC portable fire extinguisher located at the steering position 2 x 1A10BC portable fire extinguishers located at the steering position and galley, when onboard, or cockpit 2 x 1A10BC located at the steering position and galley or cockpit 3 x 1A10BC located outside engine compartment, steering position, and near galley or passenger cockpit 4 x 1A10BC located outside engine compartment, steering position, crew quarters, and galley, when onboard, or cockpit Consult your local coast guard or fire extinguisher specialist Portable fire extinguishers shall be US Coast Guard approved, meet the requirements of, and be inspected and maintained in accordance with NFPA10.

FIre Extinguisher Operation

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Seas of Green by Jason Y. Wood

Technology is moving yachting in more environmentally friendly directions. Here’s where it is going, and some easy ways you can hop on board early.

Yacht technology is on the move, from super-efficient propulsion systems to squeakyclean electricity, from slippery sections that glide through the water to lightweight hulls built without a drop more resin than they need. Things are moving so quickly that a boat's lines are now sometimes drawn with open spaces where the enginerooms, fuel tanks, even battery banks, will go. The philosophy seems to be: "leave those for as long as you can, and see what will be available to fill the space and the needs." The bottom line is that boats may begin to function differently than they ever have before. the evolution

of yacht design is taking a sharp turn toward efficiency—of propulsion systems, of hulls moving through the water, of electrical appliances and lights on board—and what's around the bend may affect how we use our boats and how they respond to the conditions we find at sea.

Silent Running

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So when a particular client approached Stephens Waring White Yacht Design (www.swwyachtdesign.com) in Brooklin, Maine, with a special challenge, yacht designer and partner Bob Stephens and his colleagues jumped at the chance.

"Their house is right on one of the most beautiful, unspoiled stretches of water I have ever seen. And they've been very accustomed to enjoying that water in various manual-powered craft: They have a peapod that they like to row and sea kayaks and also a nice daysailer. They were interested in expanding the range that they could cover with a boat, and so a powerboat made sense. So they were looking for a boat that would be low impact in the resources it would consume during its life and also low impact in the noise area. They're very, very keen on reducing its noise footprint." The boat took on an interesting new dimension as the designers began to review possible engines and propulsion systems. "We designed it based on a powerplant that was rumored to be coming out,"

Stephens says. "And we now in fact have the powerplant in hand at [builders] French & Webb—so that's good!" The propulsion system is a hybrid drive, a 110-horsepower Steyr diesel with a motor-generator bolted to its aft end that also works as the starter motor for the engine. To get the silent running the clients wanted, the boat will have a bank of batteries to store the power generated by running with the diesel. "There's been a lot of development in Lithium-ion batteries since we designed the boat, and it's quite likely we will use them." says Stephens. "But we haven't been able to fully realize the advantage of those batteries because we designed the boat around the heavier lead-acid batteries." Interestingly, the Lithium-ion batteries allow systems to access more of the power they hold, so the system can have smaller capacity than it would need with lead-acid, yet improved performance. Upfront costs for a Lithium-ion bank are considerably higher—roughly six times the expected cost of the lead-acid batteries—but they will be easier to use over the life of the boat and will end up costing about a quarter as much as the lead-acid batteries, which need regular replacement. But hybrids and batteries are not revolutionizing travel on the water as some would say they are on the roadway. continued on page 46

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Stephens Waring White Yacht Design (www.swwyachtdesign.com) in Brooklin, Maine, with a special challenge, yacht designer and partner Bob Stephens and his colleagues jumped at the chance. "Their house is right on one of the most beautiful, unspoiled stretches of water I have ever seen. And they've been very accustomed to enjoying that water in various manual-powered craft: They have a peapod that they like to row and sea kayaks and also a nice daysailer. They were interested in expanding the range that they could cover with a boat, and so a powerboat made sense. So they were looking for a boat that

would be low impact in the resources it would consume during its life and also low impact in the noise area. They're very, very keen on reducing its noise footprint." The boat took on an interesting new dimension as the designers began to review possible engines and propulsion systems. "We designed it based on a powerplant that was rumored to be coming out," Stephens says. "And we now in fact have the powerplant in hand at [builders] French & Webb—so that's good!" The propulsion system is a hybrid drive, a 110-horsepower Steyr

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diesel with a motor-generator bolted to its aft end that also works as the starter motor for the engine. To get the silent running the clients wanted, the boat will have a bank of batteries to store the power generated by running with the diesel. "There's been a lot of development in Lithium-ion batteries since we designed the boat, and it's quite likely we will use them." says Stephens. "But we haven't been able to fully realize the advantage of those batteries because we designed the boat around the heavier lead-acid batteries." Interestingly, the Lithiumion batteries allow systems to access more of the power they hold, so the system can have smaller capacity than it would need with lead-acid, yet improved performance. Upfront costs for a Lithium-ion bank are considerably higher—roughly six times the expected cost of the leadacid batteries—but they will be easier to use over the life of the boat and will end up costing about a quarter as much as the lead-acid batteries, which need regular replacement. But hybrids and batteries are not revolutionizing travel on the water as some would say they are on the roadway. "It's very difficult to make a tremendous impact as far as being green," says Stephens. "The savings that hybrid cars realize, for example, aren't really there in a boat because it just operates in a very different environment than a car. A car is constantly accelerating

and decelerating. A boat is really a steady-state operation, so you can sort of predict your energy needs and they don't change much—there's no opportunity for regaining energy through regenerative braking or coasting down hills or anything like that. It just doesn't happen. So as far as saving resources there are two ways that this boat does that and the first is the low-resistance hull which I think is a really important point." The slippery hull owes some of its attributes to successful designs from William Atkin from the 1920s and '30s, right down to the small tunnel in the stern. "Even without the hybrid package, the boat would be a very efficient boat to operate with a small diesel," says Stephens. "And it would be very easy on fuel and so would reduce impact on the environment that way. And it does have a limited number of solar panels on the canopy. In Maine in the summertime [the solar array] will offer enough power to recharge the boat from a fully discharged state— with batteries at 50-percent capacity— in about five days or so. So it's not like the solar panels are going to keep the boat charged and you can run the boat without any diesel fuel. But they are there to help." This is how design evolves. The technologies at hand—or those that will soon be at hand—are combined in such a way to optimize certain attributes, in this case, one client's appreciation for the sound of water on a hull.

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5 ramps, 10 lanes, with docks and a wash down station. Parking, restrooms, picnicking. Marina across the street. Bait, and additional facilities are on North side of Causeway. This ramp is near a bird sanctuary and station, which is also located across the road at Pelican Harbor Marina.

Legion Park, 6447 NE 7th Ave., Miami. NE 64 St. east to Biscayne Bay. On West side of bay.

1 ramp, considered a little slippery and short at low tide. Secure parking. Restroom, parking, picnicking.

Morningside Park, 750 NE 55 Ter., Miami. On West side of bay.

1 ramp, three lanes, considered a little slippery and short at low tide. No dock. Secure parking, restroom, picnicking.

Sunset Harbor Marina, Venetian Causeway, Miami Beach. From Alton Rd. go west on 20 St. or Dade Blvd. to Purdy Ave. and go to the North end of the park. North of Venetian Causeway.

1 ramp, double wide, with side docks. Parking & picnicking. Located next to a marine patrol station and Island View park.

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Boats over 15’, 1 ramp, 3 lanes, parking, restrooms & picnicking.

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Black Point Park, 24755 SW 87th Ave., from Fla. Turnpike take Allapattah Rd. north to SW 248th St., then east to park entrance. Ramp is located on south side of Biscayne Bay.

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Orange County Launch Ramp Information The northernmost ramps are close to the Horseshoe Kelp, which hosts many migratory species such as yellowtail, bonita and barracuda during the Spring through Fall, and is a consistent producer of calico bass and sand bass in the summer. Another popular area is the Huntington Flats, which has a large spawning run of sand bass in the Spring. Catalina Island, which has good fishing for inshore and seasonal pelagic species, is a 30 mile run from these ramps. The route to Catalina takes you close to the Horseshoe Kelp, providing an opportunity to check out the local fishing before making the cross-channel trip. Dana Point Harbor, the southernmost launch point in this group, is the closest Orange County ramp to the northern edge of SoCal’s offshore banks, which hold yellowtail, tuna, dorado and marlin during the Summer and Fall. It is also a popular take-off point for Catalina because the crossing is partially protected from the prevailing northwest swell by the Island itself. This makes for a longer, but nicer trip. For people in south Orange County, or coming north from San Diego, it is sometimes quicker to launch in Dana Point and make the longer run to Catalina, than fight traffic on the freeways all the way up into the Long Beach area. The relatively small number of launch ramps in Orange County requires boaters to schedule their trips carefully to avoid the crowds.

Dana Point Harbor

Dana Point

For fishermen, the ramp at Dana Point Harbor is more luxurious than its northern Orange County counterparts. The $10.00 launch fee includes numerous fresh water wash-down spigots, the ramp is well maintained, and security is provided for the parking lot. There are fewer problems with capacity with this ramp, and you can usually access it, even on summer days and holidays. The bait receiver is close to the ramp, and is now open early during fishing season. The run to open water is the shortest of all the Orange County ramps, and the harbor entrance is well protected. Good restaurants are within walking distance of the ramp. As mentioned previously, the run to and from Catalina is often the easiest from Dana Point, as it passes through the swell shadow of the Island. This provides a continued on page53

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smooth ride home in the afternoon, as you are running with the swell towards the harbor. Some boats also make the run to San Clemente Island, which is one of the most prolific fishing destinations in Southern California, but is almost 60 miles offshore. And as the furthest south of the Orange County launch ramps, there is an increased access to the offshore banks which harbor migratory pelagic species such as yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, dorado and marlin. In some years even the albacore can be found in these areas. Closer to shore, there are popular sites just down the coast, including the water outlets from the San Onofre Nuclear power plant, and the kelp beds and boiler rocks off Laguna Beach and Corona Del Mar to the north.

Newport Dunes

Newport Harbor

This is one of the prettiest launch areas in Southern California, and is the only place to launch on Newport Bay. As a result, the fee is also the highest at $15.00. The two ramps at this facility are well maintained, and mooring along the ramps provides easy access once you are launched. The parking for this ramp is often full and access is difficult during popular summer days and holidays. The line for the available wash-down can be long. On the other hand, this ramp can be a good choice when including family in your plans, as they have a wonderful swimming beach, and there are many attractions (including a major shopping mall) and restaurants close by. The ramp is located in the back portion of Newport Bay, and because of a 5 mph speed limit inside the Bay, 20 to 30 minutes are required to access the open water. The fishing access is similar to Huntington Harbor, with the Huntington Flats and Catalina being popular destination. There is also good calico bass fishing in the kelp beds and rocks just outside the surfline between Newport Bay and Dana Point, but because of the speed limits inside the Bay, it can be faster to launch at Dana Point, and run north. There is a seasonal bait receiver just before the harbor exit. There are free launch beaches scattered around the harbor that are popular with kayak and kick-boat fishermen fishing in the bay. However, there is no easy launch point for kayaks that give access to waters outside the Bay. continued on page54

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Sunset Aquatic Park

Huntington Harbor

This launch ramp has less glitz than the other Orange County launch ramps, and as a result is popular mainly with hardcore fishermen. The $10.00 fee does not include freshwater wash-down, although a coinoperated system is sometimes operational. There is ample mooring space, making for easy launches and take outs. Parking is mostly on a hard packed dirt lot, but it is well maintained. There is plenty of space, even on a holiday weekend. It is about a mile through the harbor, under the PCH Bridge, and through the Naval Weapons Depot to the harbor entrance. Speed is closely monitored as there is increased security around the Naval operations areas. Don’t be surprised to see Navy Swift boats escorting you past moored vessels. There is a no stopping and no fishing regulation as you pass through the last part of the bay. The bait barges are the same ones accessed by people using Davies, and this ramp's proximity to the fishing spots is just about equal, since it is just a mile or so south of Alamitos Bay.

Huntington Harbor Yacht Club

South end of Huntington Harbor

This tiny, one lane ramp is located next to the fire station at the end of Warner Blvd on Pacific Coast Highway. It has limited parking, no washdown facilties, and is a long way from the harbor entrance, so it is rarely used by fishermen.

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Enchanted Globes There is a secret among people who are attracted to globes. World globes of every shape and size are part of the phenomenon. Spin the globe, when the spin stops, let your eyes rest where they will. There! Nine times out of ten, your imagination is stirred. Where will it take you? Maybe only on to another spin, or maybe it will awake a curiosity that has been set aside and may now be revisited. I’ve heard of people doing this sort of thing with darts thrown at a map, planning to physically go wherever the dart lands. But for me, the globe spin is a far superior method, and the journey is virtual, not physical. A recent spin led me to consider the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, much as I would consider the vastness of the universe while looking at the night sky. Clearly, the globe places in perspective the enormity of the Pacific. This particular globe was from a Replogle “World Classic” series, called the “Trafalgar”, a blue-ocean globe, in a modern-looking floor stand. The globe is 16” in diameter, so about the size of a beach-ball. Small but accurate illustrations of vessels are shown throughout the blue waters of the globe. In the Pacific, you see a “Polynesian Canoe 700 A.D.” near the Hawaiian Islands, and “H.M.S. Beagle, Charles Darwin 1831-36” off the Galapagos. And there, just northeast of New Zealand, was a lovely, miniature etching of a merchant collier vessel under full sail. Looking more closely “Endeavor: James Cook 1768-71” was the notation. I knew I’d found my daily muse. The fascination with Captain James Cook is evident to anyone visiting the South Pacific. The first European to explore the eastern coast of Australia, his mark was made throughout the Pacific Islands.

James Cook was not a typical commander of his day. A common man, he worked his way up through the ranks of the British Navy. While he had proven himself a capable sailor, his obscurity and lack of experience were noted when the Royal Geographic Society put his name forward as the man they recommended to command a scientific mission of great importance to advance the study of world geography. Astronomer Edmund Halley, suggested that the distance from the Sun to the Earth could be calculated by timing the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. This theory was proposed in 1716, with the next eclipse of Venus across the Sun predicted to take place on June 3, 1769. The Royal Geographic Society proposed to send three observers to designated points on the globe: one to the north of Norway, one to Hudson Bay and one to an island in the Pacific. The British Admiralty approved Cook’s appointment to lead the British expedition to the Pacific destination. The Endeavor was a Whitby merchant collier, launched in 1764 as The Earl of Pembroke and purchased by the British Navy for the expedition. She was refitted at Deptford on the Thames, with a third internal deck installed and new cabins provided. The Endeavor weighed 368 tons, was 106 feet long and 29 feet wide. She could only make seven or eight knots but could keep the pace steady. Captain Cook and the Endeavor set sail on August 17, 1768 and arrived in Tahiti in time to make the necessary observations of the transit of Venus, thereby advancing the knowledge of world geography. The scientific mission a success, Captain Cook continued his explorations of the Pacific Islands for the next three years. D. Bailey is the President of 1-World Globes & Maps. Visit their websites: www.1worldglobes.com and www. worldmapsonline.com.

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Life Jackets

Boaters enjoy the feel of sun and spray. So it’s tempting to boat without wearing a life jacket – especially on nice days. But modern life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Many are thin and flexible. Some are built right into fishing vests or hunter coats. Others are inflatable — as compact as a scarf or fanny pack until they hit water, when they automatically fill with air. There’s no excuse not to wear a life jacket on the water!

How to Choose the Right Life Jacket

• Certain life jackets are designed to keep your head above water and help you remain in a position which permits proper breathing.

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• To meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements, a boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket for each person aboard. Boats 16 feet and over must have at least one Type IV throwable device as well. • All states have regulations regarding life jacket wear by children. • Adult-sized life jackets will not work for children. Special life jackets are available. To work correctly, a life jacket must be worn, fit snugly, and not allow the child’s chin or ears to slip through. • Life jackets should be tested for wear and buoyancy at least once

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each year. Waterlogged, faded, or leaky jackets should be discarded. • Life jackets must be properly stowed. • A life jacket — especially a snugfitting flotation coat or deck-suit style — can help you survive in cold water.

How Do Life Jackets Save Lives?

• When capsized in rough water. • When sinking in unexpectedly heavy sea conditions. • When thrown from the boat as a result of a collision. • When injured by rocks or submerged objects. • When unconscious from carbon monoxide fumes. • When tossed into freezing water. • When thrown off balance while fishing. • When unable to swim because of heavy or waterlogged clothing.

All recreational boats must carry one wearable lifejacket (Type I, II, III or Type V lifejacket) for each person aboard. A Type V lifejacket provides performance of either a Type I, II, or

III lifejacket (as marked on its label) and must be used according to the label requirements. Any boat 16ft and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must also carry one throwable lifejacket (Type IV lifejacket).

Lifejackets must be

• Coast Guard approved • in good and serviceable condition • the appropriate size for the intended user.

Accessibility

• Wearable lifejackets must be readily accessible. • You must be able to put them on in a reasonable amount of time in an emergency (vessel sinking, on fire, etc.). • They should not be stowed in plastic bags, in locked or closed compartments or have other gear stowed on top of them. • The best lifejacket is the one you will wear. • Though not required, a lifejacket should be worn at all times when the vessel is underway. A wearable lifejacket can save your life, but only if you wear it. • Throwable devices must be immediately available for use. continued on page 60

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Inflatable Lifejackets

• Inflatable lifejackets may be more comfortable to wear. • The best lifejacket is the one you will wear. • Inflatable lifejackets require the user to pay careful attention to the condition of the device. • Inflatable lifejackets must have a full cylinder and all status indicators on the inflator must be green, or the device is NOT serviceable, and does NOT satisfy the requirement to carry lifejackets. • Coast Guard Approved Inflatable lifejacket’s are authorized for use on recreational boats by person at least 16 years of age. le

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Some states require that children wear lifejackets • applies to children of specific ages • applies to certain sizes of boats • applies to specific boating operations Check with your state boating safety officials. Child lifejacket approvals are based on the child’s weight. Check the “User Weight” on the label, or the approval statement that will read something like “Approved for use on recreational boats and uninspected commercial vessels not carrying passengers for hire, by persons weighing __ lbs”. They can be marked “less than 30”, “30 to 50”, “less than 50”, or “50 to 90”. Lifejacket requirements for certain boating activities under state laws

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vary. Check with your state boating safety officials. If you are boating in an area under the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers, or a federal, state, or local park authority, other rules may apply. Lifejacket Flotation There are three basic kinds of lifejacket flotation in the five types of lifejackets with the following characteristics: Inherently Buoyant (primarily Foam) • Adult, Youth, Child, and Infant sizes • For swimmers & non-swimmers • Wearable & throwable styles • Some designed for water sports

Youth

Adult

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22.5 lb.

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Hybrid (Foam & Inflation) • Reliable • Adult, Youth, and Child sizes • For swimmers & non-swimmers • Wearable styles only • Some designed for water sports

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Inflatable • The most compact • Sizes only for adults • Only recommended for swimmers • Wearable styles only • Some with the best in-water performance

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Marine odor elimination For many years as a boat owner, I had a constant rotten egg smell when we flushed a toilet the first time. I tried all the over the counter remedies, but they only changed the smell from a rotten egg to a sweet rotten egg smell.  I realized that after the first flush the smell was less.  It was obvious that if I flushed the toilet daily, the smell was gone.  That was not practical, so I starting to experiment with timer devices.  When I had a prototype assembly, I took it to engineers in Houston and asked if they could produce a small version of my idea.  They put together a small computer model, the size of a deck of cards and from there I contracted with a company to produce what we now have.  It worked fine, by triggering the flush switch to energize the flush switch every 6 hours for 6 seconds.  Voila! It worked.  The solution was to purge the intake lines, so as to keep fresh water in the flushing line.  All it did was to allow oxygen to eliminat the stagnant standing water.  We started marketing it.  Boat US had it in their catalog and then it was in the West Marine catalog for several years.  When West required me to carry a million dollar insurance policy, I opted out of their catalog and began selling it online. 

Many perfumes and chemicals are used today to hide Marine head odor, but only Cycle Flush stops the odor completely. Cycle Flush works with your electric head to periodically flush the system, keeping smelly algae from building up in your septic system.

www.cycleflush.com • (337) 540-2556

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Truly Green Marine Cleaning. Professional grade biodegradable and environmentally safer marine cleaning solutions. Green Concepts Marine cleaning products, provide superior performance and set the standard for an environmentally safer cleaning experience. • Safer for the Environment (Readily Biodegradable) • Safer for Human Contact • Safer for Marine Life • Highly Concentrated (Savings in Money, Storage Space and Clutter) • Multi-Purpose (User-Friendly and Versatile) • Industrial Strength (Professional Grade Performance)

Distributed by: Leading Edge Products, Inc. 4867 Mercury St. • San Diego, CA 92111 • 858-576-8542 www.greenconcepts-socal.com

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Green Concepts Marine

Leading Edge Products was founded by concerned Californians who embrace a return to a less wasteful life style. Hence, their core business of microfiber was developed to help move industry and future generations away from the extravagant loss of resources. The Leading Edge business mantra has become: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. To complement and support their philosophy they recently formed an environmental alliance with Eco Concepts, makers of the Green Concepts brand of Safer and Superior Cleaning Solutions.  Green Concepts products carry the most prestigious certifications, partnerships and registrations setting the industry bench mark for truly Green and Safer products, as illustrated by the following distinctions:   • Recognized for Safer Chemistry by the U.S. EPA in the “Design for the Environment” Partnership Program. • Champion’s Award by the U.S. EPA as a Formulator of Safer Detergents. • Green Seal Certification. • EcoLogo Registration (Canada and U.S.) • Carpet & Rug Institute Certification. • PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) • Kosher Approval. Leading Edge has proudly introduced the newly formulated Green Concepts Marine line of cleaning solutions. Here are some of the benefits of this unique brand that all boaters (large or small, sail or power) will greatly appreciate: • Safer for the Environment (Readily Biodegradable) • Safer for Human Contact (No to low Toxicity) • Safer for Marine Life (No to low Toxicity) • Highly Concentrated (Savings in Money, Storage Space and Clutter) • Multi-Purpose (User-Friendly and Versatile) • Industrial Strength (Professional Grade Performance) In short, the Green Concepts Marine line of cleaning products honor the environment, personal health and wellness, and the natural ecological balance.  Please help Leading Edge protect our oceans and waterways by using these environmentally responsible cleaning solutions.

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INDEX Beds & Mattresseses FloBeds.com.................................................................................................................................... 52 Boat & RV Cleaning Supplies Mary Moppins Co........................................................................................................................... 46 Boat Covers Shore Master Fabric........................................................................................................................ 19 Boat Lift Canopies Shore Master Fabric........................................................................................................................ 19 Boat Security & Boat Monitoring Eye On Board.................................................................................................................................. 16 Canine travel Products Cover Craft Industries, Inc.............................................................................................................. 32 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning: Residential & Marine Greg’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists, Inc.-................................................................. 19 Cleaning Products Leading Edge Products.................................................................................................................... 64 Cleaning Supplies Soy Clean........................................................................................................................................ 44 Cleansers 1st Class Storage............................................................................................................................. 11 Custom Marine Flags & Yacht Ensigns Embassy Flag.................................................................................................................................. 25 Fire Prevention Executive Fire Protection................................................................................................................ 40 Fish Lights Deep Glow Technologies................................................................................................................ 21 Fishing, Bait & Tackle Products Green Tackle, LLC............................................................................................................................ 2 Fuel Products Green Marine Products.................................................................................................................... 39 Globes & Maps 1 World Globes & Maps.................................................................................................................. 56 Holding Tanks Ronco-Plastics Inc........................................................................................................................... 43 Inflatable Boats AMI Boats-Advanced Marine Inflatable’s........................................................................................ 4 Insurance Mary Conlin Company, Inc............................................................................................................. 20 Interior Design Transcending Design....................................................................................................................... 15 Laundry Balls Mystic Wonders Inc......................................................................................................................... 24 Lighting & Safety products Magnalight....................................................................................................................................... 70 Marine Canvas Shore Master Fabric........................................................................................................................ 19 Marine Horns Falcon................................................................................................................................................ 2 Marine Oder Elimination Cycle Flush...................................................................................................................................... 63 Marine Products Savvyboater.com............................................................................................................................... 4 Marine Safety Products Safety Company................................................................................................................................ 7 Nautical Clocks-Fiberglass Repair American Marine Supply.................................................................................................................. 8 Non Toxic Cleaners Dew It Green................................................................................................................................... 48 Continued on page 68

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INTRODUCING

THE ROC BARRIER™

The World’s Fastest First Response Oil Containment System With the innovative technology of the ROC Barrier™, for the first time ever, we can contain oil spills rapidly before they threaten our global water supply and destroy thousands of marine life and wild life. • Deployed from the back of a watercraft at speeds in excess of 30 miles per hour • Faster than conventional booms • An environmental and economic breakthrough • Extremely compact and easy to use • Multi-purpose response system • Works to rapidly contain all hydrocarbon spills on the water • Sorbent barrier/boom 9x9x22 inches in size and weighs only 9 pounds • Can be carried on board any size watercraft • Great for hull protection while at dock in marinas Use Code Boat Safe at Checkout for 10% off

For more information call 1-800-808-1927 Or visit www.murrenhil.com

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Oil 1st Class Storage............................................................................................................................. 11 Oil Cleansers Green Earth Solutions..................................................................................................................... 38 Oil Lift............................................................................................................................................. 62 On Board Drinking Water Purification Supreme H2O.com.......................................................................................................................... 22 Online Custom Dog Collars Four Paws Dog Collars.................................................................................................................... 26 Online Marine Supplies American Marine Supply.................................................................................................................. 8 Online Pet Boutique 4-Legged.com.................................................................................................................................. 28 Permanent Dock Lighting Deep Glow Technologies................................................................................................................ 21 Personal Protection Equipment Safety Company................................................................................................................................ 7 Personal Safety Falcon................................................................................................................................................ 2 Pest Control Ecola Termite & Pest Management................................................................................................. 38 Pet Day Camp & Resort Passionate Pet.................................................................................................................................. 35 Pet Grooming Passionate Pet.................................................................................................................................. 35 Pet Safety Products Get Pets Wet.................................................................................................................................... 29 Pet Supplies Earth Doggy ................................................................................................................................... 30 Olive Green Dog............................................................................................................................. 35 Passionate Pet.................................................................................................................................. 35 Pet Supplies & Pet Life Jackets Arctic Nite Marketing..................................................................................................................... 33 Pet Travel Products Cover Craft Industries, Inc.............................................................................................................. 32 Pet Waste Cleaning Products Bow Wow Waste.............................................................................................................................. 31 Portable Marine Lighting Deep Glow Technologies................................................................................................................ 21 Portable Signal Devices Falcon................................................................................................................................................ 2 Eco-Friendly Products Greenboatstuff.com, LLC.................................................................................................................. 2 Green Ostrich, LLC......................................................................................................................... 12 Rapid Oil Containment Murrenhill Corp............................................................................................................................... 67 Realtor & Real Estate Dave Kerns Realtor, GRI................................................................................................................. 55 Residential & Commercial Tile & Granite Contractors Stone Pros Tile and Granite............................................................................................................. 50 Reusable Bottles Tazzini, LLC.................................................................................................................................... 22 Skin Care Products Soleo Organics................................................................................................................................. 60 Sunscreen & Tote Sea Glass Organic............................................................................................................................ 19 Vessel Documentation Mary Conlin Company, Inc............................................................................................................. 20 Waterproof Cases For Phones & Cameras Witz Sport Cases............................................................................................................................. 69 Window Treatments Transcending Design....................................................................................................................... 15

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