You don’t want to miss Fall 2020 issue of Anchorline, the National Safe Boating Council’s quarterly newsletter sponsored by Rolyan® Buoys! IN THIS ISSUE: Keep Your Waterways Safe All Year, Fall Boating, The Roaring Twenties: A Surge in Boating,  New Educational Brochures and Resources, NSBC On-Water Training, IBWSS 2021 Update, Q&A with NSBC Program Coordinator, NSBC member exclusive discounts, and more!

NSBC On-Water Training

Our on-water training is gearing back up after a COVID hiatus. With the increase in boating this summer, on-water boat control training is in high demand. The National Safe Boating Council has two on-water courses; both have successfully completed the third-party conformity assessment to verify the courses meet the American National Standards for power.

NSBC Member Connection E-Newsletter

News and updates about our programs, industry happenings, member spotlights and more from the National Safe Boating Council. In this issue: New NSBC Instructors, Fall Boating, 15% Off Walsh Marine Products, Meet NSBC’s Alexis Webb, Discounts from ACR Artex, and more.

Request for Proposals: Waves of Hope

The NSBC’s Waves of Hope coalition is a group of forever-changed families and friends impacted by boating and open water tragedies, seeking to share their stories in order to educate others about boating and water safety.

Sea Tow Automated Radio Check System No Longer Available

For several years, Sea Tow operated an Automated Radio Check System, which was available on VHF Channels 24 to 28 for the benefit of mariners in over 130 locations. However, on October 2nd, 2020 that service was discontinued. The Coast Guard Inspections and Compliance Directorate has issued MSIB 20-20 to inform mariners of the proper procedure for performing a VHF radio check.

Fall into Boating this Autumn

Fall is one of the best times to go boating. As families continue to social distance, many predict the increase in boaters on the water will continue through the fall. Here are some ways you can enjoy boating safely this fall.

NSBC Membership Connection E-Newsletter

News and updates about our programs, industry happenings, member spotlights and more from the National Safe Boating Council. In this issue: NSBC General Membership Meeting is September 25, New Life Jacket Label, Walsh Marine Products, Fiscal Year End Sale, and more.

First-Time Boat Owners Need To Be Prepared

With vacations, summer camps, and youth sports canceled by the pandemic, more people have bought boats for some summer fun that allows physical distancing from strangers while staying close to home. About a third of those buyers have never owned a boat, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Enter to Win $15,000: BoatUS Foundation and Berkley Recast & Recycle Contest

Have you ever wondered how old, discarded fishing line is recycled and reused? You may be surprised to learn that turning fishing line into new products is labor intensive, requiring a series of workers to comb through, sort, clean, remove hooks and weights, and separate out miles of encrusted debris in entangled fishing line. There also aren’t any recycling programs for fishing related materials like soft baits. There just has to be a better way.

Coast Guard Rescues 6 After Boat Overturns in Atlantic

Six people get to go home to their families because a responsible boater had a personal locator beacon. These are the stories of responsible boating that we like to read. It is a tragedy that their boat capsized, but activating the beacon saved everyone. Boats can be replaced, family members can’t.

Proving Ground

Blackmore and team are based in Nelson, in the Selkirk Mountains. They call themselves the Kootenay Pedalwheelers, and were one of the 32 teams originally slated to compete in the 2020 Race to Alaska (R2AK); a 750-mile, non-motorized, self-supported race from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Infographic Available: New Life Jacket Label

Did you know there is a new life jacket label? The label is being phased in and you may see it printed on the inside of a new life jacket. The new label DOES NOT make obsolete life jackets with the old label. Always look for a life jacket that is U.S. Coast Guard approved.

‘Extremely active’ hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been off to a rapid pace with a record-setting nine named storms so far and has the potential to be one of the busiest on record. Historically, only two named storms form on average by early August, and the ninth named storm typically does not form until October 4. An average season produces 12 named storms, including six hurricanes of which three become major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5).

Video Offers Look at First-in-the-Nation Recreational Boat Recycling Program

With the move to phase 2 of the Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling (RIFVR) Pilot Program to address the disposal issue of recreational boats, project managers have released “Facing the Legacy: Lifecycle Solutions for Fiberglass Boats.” The short video shares the compelling story of how those efforts have evolved into a first-in-the-nation boat recycling project.