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Feedback Needed: Engine Cut-Off Device Technology

Engine cut-off technology stops the boat’s engine should the operator unexpectedly fall. Please complete a survey to share your feedback on the development of public outreach materials.

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: Free IBWSS Registration, Feedback Needed on Engine Cut-Off Technology, Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day (May 21, 2021), U.S. Coast Guard New Law, Partner Profile: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 15% off NSBC Store, NSBC Training, and more.

5 Ways to Get Your Boat’s VHF Radio Ready for the Season

In recreational boating, cellphones are just fine for routine communications. So why do you need a VHF radio – either a handheld or fixed mount – on your boat? Because in an emergency it’s the only thing that can directly connect you to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 system, giving you access to high-tech emergency response and Digital Selective Calling (DSC) capabilities that can hasten your rescue.

Anchorline

You don’t want to miss this issue of Anchorline, the National Safe Boating Council’s quarterly newsletter sponsored by Rolyan® Buoys! IN THIS ISSUE: New Law Requiring Use of Engine Cut-Off Switches, Keep Your Waterways Safe All Year, Free Registration for IBWSS, Captain Johnson to Retire from U.S. Coast Guard, NSBC New Board Members, Celebrating the Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971, National Safe Boating Week is May 22-28, Q&A with NSBC Program Coordinator Carrie Schlemmer, and more!

New USCG Engine Cut-off Switch Wear Requirement

Over the last three years (2018-2020), Congress has passed two laws requiring, first, that manufacturers install engine cut-off switches on recreational vessels and, second, that recreational vessel operators use those engine cut-off switches.

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: Free IBWSS Registration, Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day (May 21, 2021), National Safe Boating Week (May 22-28, 2021), Support IBWSS, 15% off NSBC Store, NSBC Training, and more.

The Smart Boat

Boats are getting smarter. This is a trend that isn’t going away. Over the last five or so years, we’ve heard the term the “connected boat” more and more across the industry. But what is the connected boat and what does it mean for the future of the industry and boating as a whole?

Preventing Fuel Spills

It’s easier than you think to accidentally turn what should be a routine chore at the fuel dock into a first-class mess. Part of being a sensible, responsible boater is ensuring that fuel tanks are filled correctly and no fuel is spilled into the water, which can have significant consequences for aquatic life.

How You Can Support IBWSS

For the first time in 24 years – registration for IBWSS is FREE! Free registration for IBWSS attendees makes this an excellent engagement opportunity for our sponsors and exhibitors! Support IBWSS by choosing one of our many sponsorship opportunities. All of the levels include recognition on the IBWSS website, social media, and the virtual conference app. Exhibitors can design their own virtual exhibit booth with product information, games, and more.  See you at the summit!

Don’t Mess With GPS

Several members of Congress, including Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), are actively pursuing legislative solutions to protect GPS. BoatUS Government Affairs is working with them and other members of Congress to make certain that boaters have a reliable navigation system.

Free Registration for IBWSS

Encourage others to register for the International Boating and Water Safety Summit, to be held virtually from May 17-19, 2021! This will be a virtual conference experience like no other. Register at www.IBWSS.org/register.

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 sponsored by Walsh Marine: Captain Johnson to Retire from U.S. Coast Guard, 15% Off Walsh Marine Products, IBWSS Goes Virtual, Alex Otte Named MADD National President, Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971, New Admiral Club Members Exxel Outdoors and Quality Boats, Tower of the Year Recipient, 15% off NSBC Store, NSBC Training, 2021 National Safe Boating Week, and more.

Captain Johnson to Retire from U.S. Coast Guard

After a stellar career with the U.S. Coast Guard, Captain Scott Johnson is setting his sights on a well-deserved retirement and enjoying more time with his family. The recreational boating safety community will never forget Captain Johnson’s contributions to boating and water safety.

TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona, Georgia, Takes Tower of the Year Honors at Annual Conference

TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona, Georgia, owned by Capt. Chris Day, was awarded “Tower of the Year” at the annual gathering of the TowBoatUS fleet, which was held today virtually. The honor recognizes professionalism in providing recreational boaters with 24/7 on-water towing and assistance services. The award was bestowed on the company for its near-perfect 24-hour towing dispatch operation, high customer satisfaction and on-water towing case management.