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Know Your Buoys and Markers

Know Your Buoys and Markers

Know how to navigate your boat through the buoys and markers. As a boater, it’s a must to know what the different buoys and markers stand for. They are the “traffic signals” that guide boaters safely along the waterways. Buoys and markers have different shapes, colors, numbers and lights. They also identify dangerous or controlled areas and give directions and information.

Boating Safety – There’s An App For That

Boating Safety – There’s An App For That

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Mobile app is now available. During this year’s National Safe Boating Week* (May 16 – 22, 2015) the USCG released its first Boating Safety app. It’s designed to provide additional boating safety resources...
California Boating ABC’s

California Boating ABC’s

Do you know your ABC’s? Of boating that is….. Of course you know your ABC’s, you learned them along time ago. But what about the boating ABC’s? Before you head out on those California waterways, it’s a good idea for you and your boating...
Boating and Visual Distress Signals

Boating and Visual Distress Signals

What are visual distress signals? A visual distress signal (VDS) is any device designed to show that your boat is in distress and help others locate you. Flares and distress signals aren’t really things a boater wants to think about. But not thinking about them...
Are you at capacity?

Are you at capacity?

Safe Boating Capacity that is… As a boat operator you should never take a boat out with too many people or too much gear on board. If you’re overloaded¬† it’s harder to control your boat and you’re at a higher risk to capsize. Boat capacity...
What’s the Best PFD?

What’s the Best PFD?

Do you have the right PFD ‘s (personal floating device) on your boat? Stop! Before you take your boat out make sure you have the the right PFDs. There are several different types and each one has a classification by the US Coast Guard (USCG). So when you head...
NDZs in California

NDZs in California

NDZs, otherwise known as No Discharge Zones. “No Discharge Zones” is a term all boaters should be familiar with, as a responsible boater, you should know what they are and where they are located. Many are right here in California. What are they…...
Ethanol Mandate and your Boat

Ethanol Mandate and your Boat

Boaters and various groups speak up! Last month the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) got quite an earful from many interest groups, including those representing boaters, about the nation’s ethanol mandate. “We believe in a national renewable fuels...
Boating and Visual Distress Signals

Mexico Fishing Permits Available Online

No more trips to Ensenada just to purchase your permit. Just a few weeks ago it was announced that U.S. boaters can purchase a permit online. With the click of a mouse U.S. Boaters can get a permits to enter waters just across the border. That means more time for...

The Port Earns Multiple Awards

Port of Los Angeles Earns Clean Air Awards The Port of Los Angeles earned not one but two prestigious awards this year.  According the the Main Channel Summer Edition, in June, the Coalition for Clean Air recognized the Clean Truck Program and Port leaders with the...