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Sea Tow Foundation DIY Craft Time: Cork Boat

Posted By Gail Kulp, Thursday, October 22, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Sea Tow Foundation’s DIY Craft Time: Cork Sailboat

It’s time to drop anchor on another Sea Tow Foundation boating craft! You don’t need to be on your boat to keep the boating lifestyle going strong. Continue to make wonderful memories from the comfort of your own home.

The Sea Tow Foundation has created a monthly nautical craft to help bring those boating memories home. These crafts are easy for anyone to make and require limited tools and materials. In fact, all of the tools and materials are available at online retailers, or at a local craft store if you don’t already have the items lying around your house. Younger children may need the help of an adult for some portions of the craft project, but they can help with most of the personalization of the crafts. And many of these crafts make great homemade gifts!

In this month’s craft project, make a fun sailboat that really floats and enjoy racing them in the backyard pool, creek or even the bathtub!

Materials to Make a Cork Sailboat:

  • 5-9 Wine Corks
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Foam sheets of various colors
  • Construction paper
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Knife or box cutter
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

 Supplies to make cork boat

Directions for How to Make the Cork Sailboat:

  1. Line the corks on a table side by side and apply hot glue to secure them together. The more wine corks you use, the larger your boat will be.
    Safety Note: Since the glue can be very hot, please ensure that children are supervised or that an adult takes care of this step.

     Glue corks together

  2. Once the glue has had a chance to dry, use the knife to cut a slit into the middle of one of the center corks that is large enough for the popsicle stick to be inserted.
    Safety Note: Adults should handle the knife used in this step to avoid injury to children.

     Put slice into center cork

  3. Draw a large rectangle on the foam sheet with the pencil and use the scissors to cut it out. Cut a horizontal slit ½ inch from the top and bottom edges. Then decorate with the markers. If using the knife, an adult should take over this step.

     Cut slits on foam sheet

  4. Slide the foam sheet onto the popsicle stick and bend to form a sail.

     

  5. Draw a small triangle on the construction paper and cut it out. Glue this to the top of the popsicle stick as a racing burgee.

    Decorate foam sheet and put on stick 
  6. Insert the popsicle stick into the cork base and your sailboat is ready for the water and its first race!

 

Congratulations on making your own Cork Sailboat! Share your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @SeaTowFoundation and using the #DIYNauticalCraftTime


Tags:  boating craft  cork boat  DIY Craft  homemade gift  Nautical Craft 

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Foam vs. Inflatable Life Jackets

Posted By Gail Kulp, Thursday, October 15, 2020
Updated: Monday, October 12, 2020

Foam vs. Inflatable Life Jackets

 

No matter what you are doing to enjoy your time on the water: boating, paddle sports, fishing, personal watercraft and more, there is a life jacket to best fit the situation, your body type and your age.

 

While there are hundreds of different styles and types of life jackets, there are essentially two versions to choose from: foam and inflatables. But do you really know what would work best for you? For some insight into the topic of foam v. inflatable life jackets, the Sea Tow Foundation spoke to its partners at Absolute Outdoor and its affiliate brand Onyx, who have supplied more than 65,000 life jackets for the Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Program. A chart is included below with an easy side-by side breakdown of the differences between foam and inflatable life jackets.

 

No matter what life jacket you buy and wear, storing it properly can make all the difference in terms of how long it will last. Absolute Outdoor recommends storing life jackets in a shaded, indoor location to prevent fading and weakening of material. In addition, life jackets should be thoroughly dried before being stored to prevent mold and mildew. If treated well, a life jacket can last 7-10 years.

 

The U.S. Coast Guard requires at least one life jacket for each person be readily available on a recreational boat. And the life jacket must be the proper sizes for the people on the boat. Through our Life Jacket Loaner Stations, we work to provide boaters with easy access to life jackets that can be borrowed and returned free of charge.

 

“We are incredibly pleased to partner with the Sea Tow Foundation in providing life jackets for their nationwide life jacket loaner stations,” said Len Nelson, Director of Sales – Commercial & Industrial at Absolute Outdoor. “Our goal is to see people wearing life jackets – not just having them on board, and the Foundation has done a wonderful job providing quality jackets for people to use and enjoy on their day on the water in their nationwide life jacket loaner program.”

 

No one ever thinks that they will be in a situation where a life jacket is necessary. Being a strong swimmer will not make a difference if you unexpectedly are forced into the water. Rarely will a boating accident allow you the time to put on a life jacket if you were not already wearing one.

 

Ultimately, the best life jacket is the one that you are going to wear the moment you get on or near the water. Wearing a life jacket can give you and your family the peace of mind for a safe and fun day on the water.

 

Share with us which life jacket you prefer to use and why. Feel free to include a photo of you in your life jacket on our Facebook page and tag @SeaTowFoundation and include #VestFriends.

 

In the chart below, you’ll find an easy side-by-side breakdown of the differences between foam and inflatable life jackets.

 

 

Foam

Inflatable

Pro

Good for all ages, sizes, swimming ability. Ideal for most water activities.

Lightweight, and not bulky.

Very buoyant.

Con

Not always comfortable.

Can restrict movement.

Can get hot in the summer.

Not recommended for those under 16 or under 80 lbs.

Not approved for personal watercraft use or sports such as tubing, skiing, wakeboarding, etc.

Wearer must be a confident swimmer.

Must be worn to count for carriage requirements.

Activation

Will float without any additional steps.

Must inflate manually to activate flotation.

Some have automatic mechanism that cause inflation as soon as the life jacket comes in contact with the water.

Once the CO2 cartridge has been used, it must be replaced before wearing the life jacket again.

Buoyancy

Minimum requirement: 15.5 lbs.

Minimum requirement: 22.5 lbs.

Inspection

Visual inspection before each use.

Manually inflate to check all components at least once each year and visually inspect before each use.

Cost

Cost varies, but is relatively inexpensive. Can range from $15-100 depending on the style and size.

Cost varies depending on style, but is generally more expensive than a foam life jacket. Costs can range from $50-200

Absolute Outdoor Best Seller

Adult General Purpose Vest (Blue)

A/M 24 – Suspender-style inflatable life jacket

M16 – Belt pack-style inflatable life jacket

Types of Life Jacket Styles

Offshore or Rough Waters
Near Shore or Inland Waters

See more information: https://www.lifejacketassociation.org/life-jackets/label-explaination/

Inflatable life jackets can be Manually or Automatically inflated. (See Activation section above.)


 



Tags:  Absolute Outdoor  best life jacket  foam vs. inflatable  Life Jacket  Onyx Outdoor  types of life jackets 

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Sea Tow Foundation DIY Craft Time: Nautical Picture Frame

Posted By Gail Kulp, Thursday, September 24, 2020
Updated: Thursday, September 17, 2020

Sea Tow Foundation’s DIY Craft Time: Nautical Picture Frame

Everyone knows that the best boating memories are the ones made out on the water. However, being out on the water isn’t always possible because of the weather, work and school schedules, or millions of other things going on in our lives.

With that in mind, the Sea Tow Foundation has created a monthly nautical craft to help bring those boating memories home. These crafts are easy for anyone to make and require limited tools and materials. In fact, all of the tools and materials are available at online retailers, or at a local craft store if you don’t already have the items lying around your house. Younger children may need the help of an adult for some portions of the craft project, but they can help with most of the personalization of the crafts. And many of these crafts make great homemade gifts!

In this month’s craft project, capture your treasured memories spent on the boat with these easy to make nautical picture frames.

Materials to Make a Nautical Picture Frame:

  • Foam Board
  • Box cutter or sharp craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hot Glue
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Washi Tape
  • Sisal rope
  • Scissors
  • Photo for the frame
  • Newspaper or something to cover your table
  • Decorative items of your choice (seashells, stickers, twigs, colored string, etc.)
Materials for the Nautical Picture Frame
 

Directions for How to Make a Nautical Picture Frame:

  1. Determine what size frame you want based on the size of your photograph. You want the frame to be wide enough to allow for decorations.
    Some suggested dimensions are listed below as a guide using standard size photos and frames:
    4 x 6 photo – 8 x 10 frame
    5 x 7 photo – 11 x 14 frame
    8 x 10 photo – 16 x 20 frame

  2. Measure the foam board using the ruler and pencil and cut it out using the knife. Children can help with the measuring, but an adult should handle the cutting as some pressure must be applied to the knife to get through the thick foam. After the outside rectangle is cut, measure the inside area for the photo ¼” shorter than the sides of the photo that you are using and cut that out as well.  The cut edges will be rough, but these will be covered up in the next step.

     Foam board after cutting frame

  3. To cover the rough edges on the inside, use some decorative washi tape along the edge. You can find washi tape that coordinates with the colors in your photo. This is a great step for the kids to help!

     Cover inside of frame with washi tape

  4. Along the outside edge of the frame, attach the sisal rope with the hot glue. Warning: the glue gets very hot and can burn fingers easily, so adults should help with this step. Also, this is a good time to have the newspaper down to protect the table.

    Cover outside of frame with sisal rope

  5. While the glue is still hot, use this time to add decorations to the frame including seashells or anything else that would need to be glued down. The children can help decorate using alphabet stickers, twigs, or they can even color the frame with markers.

     Apply decorations to frame

  6. Once all of the decorations have dried, turn the frame over. Place the photo in the opening and ensure it is lined up properly. Then, secure the photo to the back of the foam board using washi tape.

 Add photo to frame and secure with washi tape

Congratulations on making a Nautical Picture Frame! Share your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @SeaTowFoundation and using the #DIYNauticalCraftTime

Tags:  DIY Craft  homemade gift  Nautical Craft  Nautical Picture Frame  Seashell craft 

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Sea Tow Foundation Announces Official Call for Entry for National Boating Industry Safety Awards

Posted By Gail Kulp, Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Updated: Friday, August 28, 2020

PRESS RELEASE

Sea Tow Foundation Announces Official Call for Entry for National Boating Industry Safety Awards

North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council Expands Recognition Program; Announces New Title Sponsorship from KICKER® Marine Audio

 

Southold, NY, September 3, 2020 – The Sea Tow Foundation in cooperation with its North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council, announced the official call for entry for its “National Boating Industry Safety Awards.”

The 2020 contest features an enhanced series of categories which recognize top boating safety programs and campaigns within the for-profit segment of the recreational marine industry. This year’s event includes 11 categories of entry, up from four the previous year.

“Due to the positive response from our inaugural contest in 2019, coupled with recommendations from our advisory council, we have nearly tripled the categories of entry in hopes of recognizing the outstanding work of many more boating safety advocates throughout all segments of the recreational marine industry,” said Sea Tow Foundation Executive Director Gail R. Kulp.

The 2020 National Boating Industry Safety Awards include the following categories for submission: Powerboat Manufacturer; Sailboat Manufacturer; Engine Manufacturer; Gear/Equipment Manufacturer; Human Powered (Canoe, Kayak, SUP) Manufacturer; Marine Retailer with up to 3 Locations; Marine Retailer with more than 3 Locations; Marine Media Outlets; Marine Marketing and Outreach; Marine Distributor; and a Multi-Year Campaign will also be available for any category.

Also new for 2020 is the title sponsorship from KICKER® Marine Audio, based in Stillwater, OK.

“KICKER Marine Audio is very pleased to contribute to this important effort that promotes boating safety within the recreational marine space,” said KICKER Marine Audio’s National Brand Manager Jeremy Bale. “The good work of leading marine organizations in educating and advancing boating safety messages benefits the entire industry, as well as boaters throughout the nation. KICKER is very proud to lend our support to this worthwhile and very important cause.”

“We appreciate the generous financial support of KICKER Marine Audio in helping to support our national awards program,” added Kulp. “We hope to continually build this program and involve many in the industry who share our passion and focus on boating safety.”

Entries may be submitted from September 3 through midnight, October 15, 2020 for any boating safety campaigns conducted between August 15, 2019 and August 15, 2020. A new multi-year category is also available to recognize ongoing boating safety programs and promotions.

Contest information and applications are available for download at www.boatingsafety.com/awards along with information and samples from the 2019 winners.

Winners for the 2020 awards contest will be announced live during the MRAA’s Dealer Week scheduled for December 8 – 11, 2020 in Austin, TX.

“We highly encourage all those organizations throughout the marine industry involved in promoting boating safety to apply in this year’s awards competition,” said Kulp. “The Sea Tow Foundation and our North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council, coupled with the title sponsor KICKER Marine Audio, are very pleased to shine the spotlight on the best boating safety efforts by companies in the for-profit segment of the recreational marine industry.” 

Tags:  boating industry  boating safety  kicker marine audio  national boating industry safety awards  North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council  press release  sober skipper 

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Boating Safety Courses are Important

Posted By Gail Kulp, Friday, August 21, 2020

Boating Safety Courses are Important

Today is a great day to take a Boating Safety Course and get your boating license or boating certificate. Even with social distancing rules in place, there are still ways to complete a course to meet your state’s boating education requirements thanks to online boating safety courses that are now accepted by most states.  And, in case you needed a little more convincing why you should take a Boating Safety Course, the Sea Tow Foundation has included the following 5 reasons:

  1. It’s the Law: Most states require a boat operator to take and complete a boating safety course before operating any boat with a motor. This includes personal watercraft, small fishing boats, pontoons, sailboats that utilize their engine, and all other types of powerboats. And, you should also check the requirements for any other states that you might boat in as their requirements might be different.

     

  2. Boating Safety Courses Save Lives: According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Boating Safety,70% of the deaths that occurred on boats across the country last year were operated by a person who had not taken any boating safety course.

     

  3. You Can Save Money: Taking a boating safety course will often result in a discount on your boat’s insurance policy which can save you money.

     

  4. Learn Something New: Even the most experienced boaters can learn something new or be reminded about something they may have forgotten. Laws and regulations are constantly changing, so a boating safety class will ensure that you are up to date on all your state’s requirements.

     

  5. Help the Sea Tow Foundation at the Same Time: Completing an interactive, online class from our friends at iLearntoBoat.com results in the Sea Tow Foundation getting a donation from every course graduate to help us promote boating safety in more locations in the U.S.

 

If you have any other questions about how to get your boating license or boating certificate, check out our article here for many frequently asked questions about taking a boating safety course.

Tags:  boating certificate  boating education  boating laws  boating license  boating safety  boating safety course  how to get your boating certificate  how to get your boating license 

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Sea Tow Foundation Needs Your Input to Build National Database of Life Jacket Loaner Stations

Posted By Gail Kulp, Monday, August 10, 2020
Updated: Thursday, August 6, 2020

PRESS RELEASE

Sea Tow Foundation Needs Your Input to Build a National Database of Life Jacket Loaner Stations

 

The Sea Tow Foundation – a national nonprofit dedicated to the education and awareness of safe boating practices – announced today that it is collecting data from individuals and organizations around the country that operate life jacket loaner stations in an effort to create a national database of their locations.

 

As part of a grant through the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Sea Tow Foundation operates more than 650 life jacket loaner stations nationwide. An online map at www.boatingsafety.com/map was developed and maintained by the Foundation of their loaner stations as part of this grant as well. Unfortunately, there is not a national registry or map for all of the life jacket loaner stations operated by state agencies and other non-profit groups around the country, so the Sea Tow Foundation included the development of a national-level database into this year’s grant and hopes to register thousands more loaner stations throughout the U.S. over the coming months. 

 

Individuals and organizations that want to have their life jacket loaner stations included in the database can submit their information via the following link: www.boatingsafety.com/lifejacketdatabase. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2020.

 

“Preventing drowning is one of the main goals of the Sea Tow Foundation and it is the reason why we started the Life Jacket Loaner Program in 2008,” said Gail R. Kulp, executive director for the Sea Tow Foundation. “The purpose of the Life Jacket Loaner Station Database is to allow any boater within the U.S. to find a place where life jackets can be borrowed and returned, free of charge, so that everyone can have a safe and fun time on the water.”

 

The Life Jacket Loaner Station Database will offer an interactive map for boaters to find the nearest Life Jacket Loaner Station to their location. Different colored markers on a map will provide the exact address, the host organization for the station, and the name of the marina, park, boat ramp, etc. where it can be found. Life Jacket Loaner Stations are typically placed in locations where boaters will have easy access to life jackets, but they may also be available at local fire departments, community centers, and through the local marine law enforcement officers.

Tags:  2019-20  boating safety  Grant  Life Jacket  life jacket database  Life Jacket Loaner Program  life jacket map  US Coast Guard 

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Tips for Cooking and Eating on Your Boat

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 27, 2020
Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2020

Tips for Cooking and Eating on Your Boat

Cooking at sea can be quite an adventure in and of itself. Galley kitchens are incredibly small if your boat is lucky enough to be equipped with one. Many boats have much smaller areas to prepare food and some boaters bring a grill on board. There are many safety concerns when it comes to cooking including boiling water, propane leaks, burns or a fire. All of these are dangerous in any home kitchen, but they could quickly become deadly on a boat. The Sea Tow Foundation has put together this list of 10 tips and tricks to make the most out of your cooking space on the boat and give you some food ideas, so that you can have a safe and fun time on the water!

 

  1. Use the space wisely. Now is not the time for a 7-piece cookware set. Only bring the kitchen tools you absolutely need. You most likely will not need more than: 1 skillet, 1 pot, plus only enough cups, plates, bowls, and silverware for each person on board to have a set.
  2. Multifunction is key. Not all galleys have a refrigerator or freezer. By bringing a hard top cooler, you can have a place to store foods and drinks. You also can use the cooler as an extra seat, a table, or even a food prep area! Think about all the ways you can use the items you bring on the boat to maximize your experience.
  3. Saving space. If your boat has a galley kitchen, there won’t be a lot of counter space to spread out on a boat. Use the wall space and maximize what you have. Pockets can be attached to a wall to hold silverware or tools. Hanging nets can be set up to hold produce as well.Get creative with storage solutions.
  4. Conserve water. Remember that fresh water is hard to come by while on the boat. Saltwater can be used for cleaning purposes to save fresh water to drink and cook with. Make sure not to dump the dirty water back into the ocean. Wait until you get to land and pour it into a pump-out drain.
  5. There is always movement. Even while docked, there will always be movement on the boat. Safety latches, railings, and strategically placed handles can help to keep you and your equipment safe and in place while on the water. Remember to only cook when the boat is docked or anchored (this includes grilling) for your safety.
  6. Emergency supplies. Before heading out on the water, make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit and that your fire extinguisher is in working order. These are especially important if any cooking is being planned on the boat. Also, make sure that everyone on board knows what to do in an emergency and how to use the VHF radio to call for help.
  7. Meal planning. By planning your meals ahead of time, you can minimize the amount of work and excess food you will have to worry about on the boat. Do the chopping, dicing and slicing of vegetables and fruits at home and pack everything in storage containers. Simple dishes with minimal chopping will work best in smaller galleys.
  8. Cook ahead of time. It is important to make sure that you are thinking ahead to how much food you and your passengers will need to consume. Pre--cooking basic foods at home such as pasta, chicken, potato salad, taco meat, and other items can make the time on the water much more enjoyable. This way you won’t be stuck in the kitchen trying to cook while everyone else is fishing or swimming!
  9. Schedule boat trips between meals. If it is possible schedule your outing for the time between lunch and dinner so that you can avoid packing meals and just pack some snacks. Whole fruit, granola bars and individual packs of cookies or chips can make for easy packing without worrying about cooking or refrigeration. Don’t forget to pack plenty of water, too!
  10. Don’t rely on fishing. Fishing is a great way to enjoy the water and minimize the packing needed before the trip. However, there is no guarantee that you will get a bite. It is important to not rely solely on fishing for food while on the boat. Consider fish a bonus meal!

 

Do you have some favorite meals or snacks for a day out on the boat? Share your recipes here!

Tags:  2020  boat food  boat food prep  boat kitchen  boat snacks  cooking on a boat  eating on a boat  food for boating 

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The Sea Tow Foundation Backyard Water Relay!

Posted By Gail Kulp, Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Updated: Friday, July 17, 2020

The Sea Tow Foundation Backyard Water Relay!

 

As much fun as it is for the whole family to go out on a boat, there are days when getting to the water can be a challenge. That doesn’t mean that the family has to miss out on the summer fun! Think back to those fun memories of water balloon fights and take it to the next level with these fun water relay activities at home (no pool required)! Just wear a bathing suit and prepare to get wet!

 

  • Relay 1: Water Balloon “Hot Potato” Style.
    • Have players stand in a circle and toss a water balloon from person to person. Start playing music and at random intervals pause the music. Whoever is holding the water balloon when the music is off, or whoever pops the balloon, is out.
  • Relay 2: Balloon Roll.
    • Set a start and end point on the ground and mark with tape/chalk. Have players line up with a water balloon on the starting line. The player who can roll their water balloon to the finish line, without popping the balloon first, wins!
  • Relay 3: Popping as a Team.
    • Set a start and an end point on the ground and mark with tape/chalk. Divide into two teams. Set out one chair for each team and the finish line and place a water balloon on the seat of both chairs. The players will each take turns running from the start line to the chair to sit on the balloon until it pops. You will need to put a new balloon on after each one is popped. The first team to pop all of their balloons and race back to the start line wins.
  • Relay 4: Target practice.
    • Draw or place cut-out targets on the ground spaced apart in a line. Have all players stand at a starting line and try to throw the water balloon on the targets. If the balloon pops on the target, the team gets the points. For an added challenge, label the targets with math problems. Players will have to solve the problem and hit the correct target to get the points. First team to get 300 points wins!
  • Relay 5: Slipping’n’Sliding.
    • Lay out a tarp over the ground. Spray the tarp with water and a little bit of dish soap for maximum sliding. Continue to spray water on the tarp as each player has a turn sliding on the tarp. Time each player for the fastest speed to get from one end of the tarp to the next. Make sure that the area at the end of the tarp is clear so that no one hits a fence, tree or other items.
  • Relay 6: How Low Can You Go?
    • Turn on the hose and let the water come out at a steady stream. Each player must limbo under the water without getting wet! After everyone goes, lower the level of the water. Continue until everyone no one can clear the height.

We hope that you enjoy these fun water relay activities and get to spend some fun times with water! Let us know who the winners of your relay are and share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram by tagging @SeaTowFoundation!

Tags:  2020  fun  games  Water  water relay 

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Finally, a Way to Dispose of Expired Flares

Posted By Gail Kulp, Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

PRESS RELEASE

 

Finally, a Way to Dispose of Expired Flares

 

The Sea Tow Foundation – a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and awareness of safe boating practices – was recently awarded a new grant from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund starting this month to conduct a Flare Disposal Program.

 

A flare is a pyrotechnic type of Visual Distress Signal (VDS), and all boaters are required by the USCG to carry both day and night VDS any time they are operating on coastal waters, the Great Lakes, or on the waters connecting to these areas. This means that there are millions of boaters carrying flares while on their boats at any moment.

 

Flares expire after 42 months and must be replaced to meet the USCG’s carriage requirements. Simply throwing expired flares in the trash would be an environmental and health hazard as they contain highly toxic chemicals such as perchlorate. Unfortunately, there is no single agency or organization handling the disposal of unwanted/expired flares in the U.S. There is also unclear requirements at the state level  about how flares should be disposed of properly.

 

In answer to the problem of what to do with millions of expired flares, the Sea Tow Foundation proposed working with the USCG to develop a flare disposal pilot program for boaters in Florida. This pilot program would utilize a mobile incineration unit that would traverse Florida over the 2021 year to safely dispose of flares collected at events around the state.

 

“While flare disposal is not part of a boater’s legal responsibility, it does affect the environment when not disposed of properly,” stated Gail R. Kulp, Sea Tow Foundation’s Executive Director. She added, “Not disposing of flares properly can also impact the safety of boaters if expired flares are stored on board boats.”

 

Plans for the flare disposal program are still in the early stages, as this grant project just started July 1st, but www.flaredisposal.com has been created and will have more information as it becomes available.

 

In addition to this grant program, the Sea Tow Foundation has received continued funding for  their successful Life Jacket Loaner Program grant for the 13th year ensuring that boaters all around the country can have access to properly fitting life jackets that can be borrowed and returned from a local stand. Life jacket applications for the 2021 boating season will be opening on November 1, 2020 via www.boatingsafety.com.

 

Tags:  2020-2021  Expired Flares  Flare Disposal  US Coast Guard  Visual Distress Signals 

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Here is how you can help keep our programs free for recreational boaters

Posted By Michael Wesolowski, Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Here is how you can help keep our programs free for recreational boaters

July begins the Sea Tow Foundation’s summer boating safety appeal

By supporting the Sea Tow Foundation, you are helping to prevent boating under the influence and drowning, ensuring that every day on the water is great. 
Did you know alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents AND that the majority of people who drown are not wearing life jackets? 

You can make a difference today.

With your help, the Sea Tow Foundation can continue to promote safe boating practices in a fun and educational way that directly reduces accidents, deaths and property damage related to recreational boating.
 
The Sea Tow Foundation’s Sober Skipper Program is a proactive effort that asks boaters to be or designate a sober skipper before leaving the dock to prevent boating under the influence. And our Life Jacket Loaner Program makes life jackets available in all sizes nationwide for the public to borrow and return free of charge to prevent drowning.

The Sea Tow Foundation does not receive dedicated funding and your help is very important.

Your donation is used to help maintain and keep our programs free and a vital resource for recreational boaters in over 600 boating communities across the United States. Since 2008, our family-friendly materials, informative website, volunteers, and staff have all been supported by donations. Please consider donating to the Sea Tow Foundation today.
 
You can make a one-time or recurring donation online at boatingsafety.com/donatetoday or you can mail a check to Sea Tow Foundation, P.O. Box 1325, Southold, NY 11971. Sea Tow Foundation is a 501(c ) (3) charity and your donation is tax deductible.

 

Thank you in advance for your support to keep our programs free for recreational boaters.

Thanks again!

 

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