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USCG releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2018

U.S. Coast Guard released their annual 2018 recreational boating accident statistics report on 26 August 2019. Total counts for 2018 Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) reported accidents, injuries, and fatalities were down compared to 2017. 2018 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 4145 accidents, 2,511 injuries, and 633 fatalities. 2017 USCG stats were […]

2019 USCG Reauthorization bill: mandatory kill switch wear?

The U.S. Coast Guard is reauthorized each year in an annual bill in which some changes may be introduced. The 2018 USCG reauthorization bill as passed requires engine cut off switches (kill switches to prevent the Circle of Death) be installed in most recreational power boats less than 26 feet in length. The 2019 USCG […]

Mandatory installation of kill switches

The Frank LomBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 was signed by President Trump back on 4 December 2018 per Issue 92/Spring 2019 of the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Circular. The bill appropriates money for Coast Guard expenses in Fiscal Year 2019, as well as includes a few specific regulations. The new act will […]

USCG Cutter Terrell Horne named for propeller victim

Terrell E. Horne III, age 34 in December 2012, was aboard a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Halibut trying to interdict a 30 foot fishing boat off souther California when the fishing boat rammed them, he fell in, and was killed by a propeller. We covered the accident back then […]

USCG Releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2017

U.S. Coast Guard recently released their annual 2017 recreational boating accident statistics report. Total counts for 2017 Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) reported accidents, injuries, and fatalities were down compared to 2016. 2017 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 4,291 accidents, 2629 injuries, and 658 fatalities. 2016 USCG stats were 4,463 accidents, 2,903 […]

USCG Releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2016

U.S. Coast Guard recently released their annual 2016 recreational boating accident statistics report. Total counts for 2016 Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) reported accidents were considerably higher than in 2016. 2016 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 4,463 accidents, 2903 injuries, and 701 fatalities. 2015 USCG stats were 4,158 accidents, 2,613 injuries, and […]

U.S. Coast Guard NBSAC97 meeting part 1

U.S. Coast Guard’s National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) held their 97th meeting in Arlington Virginia Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March 2017. The meeting was held in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn in Ballston in Arlington. The meeting room was setup with tables forming a horseshoe at the front of the room, […]

U.S. Coast Guard NBSAC97 meeting part 2

U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) 87th meeting in Arlington Virginia March 23-25, 2017. Part 2 of our coverage. Thursday Early Afternoon 25 March 2017. Subcommittee Meetings Much of the work of NBSAC occurs in the three subcommittees: 1. Boats & Associated Equipment Subcommittee 2. Prevention Through People Subcommittee 3. Strategic Planning […]

U.S. Coast Guard NBSAC97 meeting part 3

U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) 87th meeting in Arlington Virginia March 23-25, 2017. Part 3 of our coverage. Thursday Late Afternoon 25 March 2017. Boats & Associated Equipment Subcommittee continued Recent Propeller Injuries & Discussion of Potential Mitigation Strategies by Phil Cappel Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety and Brian Goodwin […]

U.S. Coast Guard NBSAC97 meeting part 4

U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) 87th meeting in Arlington Virginia March 23-25, 2017. Part 4 of our coverage. Friday 25 March 2017. Prevention Through People Subcommittee Rich Jepson opened the Prevention Though People segment. He expressed his thanks to Jeff Ludwig, Jeff Hoedt, and Captain Boross. Streamlining On-Water Instructor Licensing by […]