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Early days of fishing and wakeboarding boats. These days a little more relaxing and sailing time, mostly on catamarans. Still too poor be a yacht man.

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Pollution Regulations

Chapter IV – Legal RequirementsSection 2f – Pollution Pollution Regulations Many might think that environmental regulations to protect the waters from pollution were enacted in recent years. In actuality the “Refuse Act of 1899” was designed to prohibit throwing, discharging or depositing any refuse matter of any kind (including trash, garbage, oil and other liquid…

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Navigation Lights

Chapter IV – Legal RequirementsSection 2b – Required Equipment Navigation Lights Specific lighting configurations are required for vessels operating between sunset and sunrise or in times of restricted visibility. Do not assume that your boat came from the factory or showroom with all the proper equipment. It’s your responsibility to make sure your vessel shows…

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Fire Extinguishers

Chapter IV – Legal RequirementsSection 2c – Required Equipment Fire Extinguishers Next in line after PFDs, fire extinguishers are a very important safety item. Although not all motorboats are required to carry a fire extinguisher, it is highly recommended that you do. There are numerous types and sizes of extinguishers but each one has to…

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Water Sports

Many people who operate boats do not consider themselves “boaters,” because boating is only incidental to their major activity. In fact, everyone who is in a boat is a boater, whether the reason is to fish, hunt, or just drift around. Hunting and Fishing A number of hunters and fishermen drown each year, simply because…

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Personal Watercraft

Chapter VII – Getting UnderwaySection 6 – Personal Watercraft Personal Watercraft A Personal Watercraft (PWC) is defined as a vessel which uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump as the primary source of motive power, and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on the vessel, rather…

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Undocking Plan

Chapter VII – Getting UnderwaySection 2 – Docking & Undocking Plans Undocking Plan Prior to getting underway, you should implement an undocking plan with the help of your passengers. You should consider the traffic in the area, the direction of wind and current and the depth of the water. Do not assume that everyone onboard…

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Anchoring

Chapter VII – Getting UnderwaySection 4 – Anchoring Anchoring At some point in your boating career you will probably want to anchor. You may want to stop and fish, swim, have lunch or stay overnight. A second reason to drop anchor may be to control the boat if bad weather is blowing you ashore or…

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Accidents

Chapter VIII – AccidentsSection 1 – Fatal Vs. Non-Fatal Accidents Believe it or not, most boating accidents occur when the weather is calm and clear and winds are light. Fatal Vs Non-Fatal Most fatal accidents are caused by persons falling overboard or the boat capsizing and the victims drowning because they were not wearing PFDs….

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Cold Water Immersion and Hypothermia

Chapter VIII – AccidentsSection 5 – Hypothermia Cold Water Immersion and Hypothermia Even when the weather is warm, do not forget that in many areas the water can be very, very cold. A sudden unexpected wake or other “unbalancing event” can land you in the frigid water. Your body can cool down 25 times faster…

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First Aid

Chapter VIII – AccidentsSection 7 – First Aid First Aid Every boater should take an American Red Cross or other approved first aid course. It is not only important for your own personal safety but for your passengers and other boaters you may encounter who need first aid assistance. You should also equip your boat…

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Fires On Board

Chapter VIII – AccidentsSection 6 – Fires On Board Fires On Board An onboard fire is a serious event. If the fire cannot be controlled where does one go except in the water? The fire triangle consists of fuel, oxygen and heat. All three must be present to start a fire and the removal of…

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Assistance From Shore

Chapter VIII – AccidentsSection 4 – Assistance From Shore Assistance From Shore Every year people drown within a short distance of the shore. When some trauma happens, such as stepping off an underwater shelf the surprise itself can cause a drowning response. The victim, even if they can swim, suddenly can not shout for help…

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Running Lights

If you’ve been on the water at night, you already know how different things look. Test your recognition of running lights at night with this simulation.

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boating course

You’re operating at night when you see a white light flashing this pattern: a short flash and brief dark interval, then a longer flash and a longer interval of darkness, repeated every 8 seconds. What is it? The answer is: the white light is sending the morse code equivalent of the letter “A” which in…

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Skipper’s Onboard Source

The Nautical Know How Skipper’s Onboard Source This is the boating information you need to know! Now you can take it with you. Eighteen double-sided, laminated cards (plus a cover) (3.5 by 9 inches) on a ring that allows easy access and the ability to add new information. Aids to Navigation including IALA-B Federal System,…

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Take a Boating Safety Course Online

Take a Boating Safety Course Online Be a safer boater! Take the Online Boating Safety Course – all of the information is free. Click here to check it out. Coastal Navigation Course Combination home study text/workbook, chart work and online information. View details of the Coastal Navigation Course. We are very pleased to announce that this course…

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Distance Off and Quick EP’s

There are many times when knowing the distance off to a fixed object will be of considerable value to the navigator making his way through crowded channels or just cruising off the coast on a sunny afternoon. You may want to print this section out and put it in your navigation notebook for future reference….

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Distance Off and Quick EP’s – Answers

You are cruising south east off Sachuest and your binnacle compass reads a course of 282º. Your boat speed is 5 kts. On this heading you have a deviation of 3ºE. You note on the chart the rocks about .8 nm south of Sachuest and want to make sure you don’t hit them. You quickly…

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Answers to Mini-Chart Lesson 2

Coastal Navigation Course Chapter IX Answers to Mini-Chart Lesson 2 Question 1 – Steps & Calculations: Find Easton Point. If you had a Coast Pilot it would be helpful. Convert the Magnetic bearing to True direction. 044 M – 14 W = 030 T Plot this true LOP from Easton Point by finding 030 T…

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Answers to TVMDC Practice Lesson

Coastal Navigation Course Chapter VII Answers to TVMDC Practice Lesson Remember: Going from True to Compass Add West and Subtract East Going from Compass to True, Subtract West and Add East True Variation Magnetic Deviation Compass 1. 070° 5° E 065° 0 065° TVMDC + W – E – 070 – 5 = 065 +/- 0…

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Distance, Speed, Time Worksheet

Coastal Navigation Course Chapter VI Distance, Speed, Time Worksheet Remember: Convert Minutes to Decimals (and back) and Round Answers Distance: Speed: Time: 1. 15.0 nm 8.6 1 hour 45 minutes = 1.75 hours Calculation: D ÷ T = S – 15.0 nm ÷ 1.75 hours = 8.57 kts 2. 12.5 nm 7 kts 1 hour 47…

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United States Coast Guard – Exploring Its History During the Month of its Birth

The United States Coast Guard celebrated its 208th birthday on August 4th, 1998. The U.S. Coast Guard’s origins go back to 1790 when our countries first Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton was having difficulty paying off our nations war debt from the American Revolution. Alexander Hamilton proposed that Congress appropriate funds to build ten cutters…

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National Safe Boating Week Reminders

The Do’s and Don’ts of Boating Safety Following these simple doÂ’s and donÂ’ts of boating safety will help you chart a safe course towards the fun and excitement of recreational boating: DO wear a life jacket. Life Jackets. They Float. You DonÂ’t. DONÂ’T mix alcohol and boating. DO observe the nautical rules-of-the-road. DONÂ’T stand in…

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Legislation of interest to recreational boaters

Florida More No-PWC Zones Sought in Florida Keys Less than two months after personal watercraft (PWCs) were banned from 11 shoreline areas of the Florida Keys, local residents are petitioning to add 12 more zones. The 11 areas approved by the Monroe County Commission in June won’t take effect until the county can mark the…

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Will Y2K Effect Your GPS and When? At the Millinium Or Sooner!

The GPS Joint Program Office has determined that all generations of GPS satellites are unaffected by the Year 2000 (Y2K) and GPS End-of-Week (EOW) Rollover Issues. However, the Civilian GPS users may need to verify that their receivers and applications will work properly through these events. GPS has two “rollover” issues The Year 2000 “Millennium”…

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MILDEW REMOVAL AND CONTROL

Unfortunately mildew is a common problem on boats. Commercial mildew removers are expensive and have a limited life in storage. Apart from the obvious of keeping dry and ventilation, here are a couple of tips for combating mildew. REMOVAL You will need to purchase some concentrate. I use AQUA CHEM spa care SHOCK TREATMENT. It…

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Coastal Navigation Course

This course will prepare you for the navigation portion of the U.S.C.G. captain’s license exam. It will also prepare you for the Coastal Navigation Standard Exam (ASA 105). And, it will show you how to get your boat to your favorite waterfront restaurant, safely and on time. The navigation course is a combination of a…

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Boating Safety Links

NWS Weather Always check the weather before leaving the dock and keep a “weather eye” when on the water. Alternate Marine Weather If the NWS site is down, you can use this alternate weather link above. NWS Marine Observations If you’re planning a trip offshore, check the marine observations. Tides Tide predictions from NOAA. USCG…

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Port

The left side of the boat (looking forward) is called the side

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West Virginia Boating Regulations

  West Virginia Boating Regulations   This section contains information on West Virginia Boating Regulations that are in addition to the Federal Requirements covered in the Basic Boating Course. If you have not reviewed the course material, please do so now. All Federal Requirements in the basic boating course apply to West Virginia; this section lists West Virginia Boating Requirements that…

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