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Photo Caption: In Florida, salvaged recreational vessels will now have “branded” titles. (Photo: BoatUS)

New Florida Boat Title Law

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ recent signing of a recreational boat title bill, the Uniform Certificate of Title Act (HB 475/S 676), offers recreational boat owners valuable consumer protections and may spur other states to follow suit, says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). The legislation protects consumers from unwittingly purchasing a stolen or storm-tossed boat that has suffered significant hurricane damage by creating a uniform boat titling system that is recognized nationwide as well by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Evac Evolution BWMS Gains IMO Approval

The Evac Evolution Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted IMO Type Approval. The system has been designed and manufactured by Cathelco, which has been part of Evac Group since May 2018.The system has been tested to the latest IMO requirements which encompass the revised G8 standard and the recently introduced Ballast Water Management Code which has much more robust definitions of the design limitations of the equipment.The Evac Evolution BWMS is also well on its…

U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET Jacksonville

Man Rescued from Disabled Sailboat

The U.S. Coast Guard said it rescued a man from a disabled sailboat Wednesday near North Santee Bay in Georgetown.Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders received a call at 3:11 p.m. from the operator of the Drippe, a 38-foot sailboat, stating he was disabled and drifting towards rocks.A Coast Guard Station Georgetown 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and a Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to assist.The RB-M crew arrived on scene and were unable to reach the disabled vessel due to water depth.

Coast Guard Assists Ailing Man Aboard Sailboat

The U.S. Coast Guard assisted an ailing 77-year-old man aboard a sailboat anchored just off Chesapeake Beach Inlet Sunday evening.Two reporting sources notified watchstanders at Sector Maryland-National Capital Region’s command center that a 26-foot sailboat with two people aboard appeared to be floundering just outside the inlet.One of the two people aboard the sailboat called Coast Guard Station Oxford and reported that her friend, a 77-year-old diabetic man, was weak, disoriented, and in need of medical assistance.A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Oxford launched to assist the man.

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U.S. Coast Guard District 11 PADET San Diego

Coast Guard Rescues 3 Off Torrey Pines

The U.S. Coast Guard said it rescued two adults and a child whose boat capsized off the coast of San Diego, Sunday.At approximately 2:30 p.m., a person aboard the 30-foot sailing vessel, Divided Soul, called mayday on VHF-FM marine band channel 16, the international hailing and distress frequency, that was picked up by watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center. The Divided Soul's Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was triggered…

Tilman J. Fertitta (Photo: USSA)

US Flag Registry Now a Reality for Large Yachts

With the stroke of President Trump's pen on Monday, August 13, 2018, U.S. yacht owners are now able to fly an American flag and register their yachts - over 300 GT - in the United States.This new legislation modernizes outdated laws and brings the United States in line with current times, according to a yachting trade association. "This has been a significant issue that the U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA) has spent nearly a decade working to correct," said Kate Pearson, USSA Chair and vice president of business development of Safe Harbor Marinas.

McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB (Image: Orolia)

Maritime Distress Beacon Gains North American Approval

Orolia’s McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) has been approved by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada.The world’s first EPIRB to contain both the international 406 MHz alert frequency and the localized rescue power of the Automatic Identification System (AIS), the McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS is now ready to order for leisure and commercial maritime use across the U.S.

Disabled Sailboat Towed to Safety

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous and Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder towed a disabled sailboat with two people aboard to safety Tuesday.The crew of the sailing vessel Gaia became disabled after being demasted and losing all electrical power. The crew activated an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) which notified the Coast Guard that the crew was in distress approximately 37-miles off Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched a HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew and lowered a handheld radio to the crew of the Gaia Sunday night.The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous…

Bahamas Tour Boat Explosion Kills One, Injures Nine

According to a report on a tour boat exploded in the Bahamas this weekend, killing an American woman and injuring nine others. According to the report, 12 people in total were onboard, including 10 Americans and a pair of Bahamians.  Accoring to the report, the U.S. Coast Guard  received a call from the Royal Bahamas Police Force “requesting assistance after boaters suffered from various injuries,” on Saturday morning. Four people were reportedly evacuated to Florida, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Five victims were airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital on New Providence Island in the Bahamas.

The 65-foot pleasure yacht Zenith allides with the Venetian Causeway Bridge in Miami, June 16, 2018. After being boarded by a Coast Guard Station Miami 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew, it was discovered that the yacht had several safety violations. (Coast Guard Photo)

Yacht Charter Terminated for Multiple Safety Violations

The owner and operator of a 65-foot pleasure yacht is facing maximum civil penalties amounting to $41,546 for illegal passenger for hire operation.The U.S. Coast Guard said it boarded the yacht Zenith Saturday after receiving a call from a concerned passenger and hearing that the vessel allided with the Venetian Causeway Bridge in Miami earlier that day.There was no reported damage sustained to the bridge or any reported injuries to those on board the Zenith, but several safety issues and environmental concerns were discovered…

A Coast Guard Station Mayport boatcrew and good Samaritans rescue three people from the water April 23, 2018, after their vessel capsized near Blount Island in Jacksonville, Florida.(U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Mayport)

Three rescued near Blount Island

The U.S. Coast Guard and good Samaritans came to the rescue of three people Monday after their vessel capsized near Blount Island. Coast Guard watchstanders in Jacksonville were notified via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 at 6:03 p.m. by a good Samaritan aboard the motor vessel Grand Mercury reporting three people in the water and a capsized 15-foot boat. A Coast Guard Station Mayport 29-foot Response Boat – Small boatcrew launched, arrived on scene at 6:25 p.m. and rescued one person from the water while the crew of the tugboat Sewells Point rescued two others.

A 35-foot sailing vessel is anchored, about 500-yard from Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, while it waits out heavy sea conditions Monday, Mar. 12, 2018 Photo USCG

Two Rescued from Sinking Vessel near the Bahamas

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people from a 35-foot sailing vessel taking on water due to sea conditions Monday in the vicinity of West End, Bahamas. Watchstanders with Coast Guard 7th District Command Center received a call from a good Samaritan who reported three people aboard a sailing vessel in distress due to sea conditions. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to assist. The helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted two of the three people and safely transferred them to Freeport, Bahamas.

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Four Rescued from Capsized Boat in Maine

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people Tuesday after a 14-foot skiff capsized in Deep Cove near Eastport, Maine, sending five people into the 39 degree water. A good Samaritan called 911 at about 2 p.m. to report the capsize, and said four people were in the water in need of rescue and a fifth had swam to shore. The information was relayed to the watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Eastport who immediately launched a 29-foot response boat crew to help. A 45-foot response boat crew from Station Eastport was already underway and diverted to the area to assist.

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Man Rescued from Sinking Vessel near West Palm Beach

The U.S. Coast Guard said it rescued a man from a vessel taking on water Monday approximately 10 miles east of West Palm Beach, Fla. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a notification from a good Samaritan of a vessel taking on water with one person aboard. Watchstanders diverted the Coast Guard cutter Cochito crew. They arrived on scene at approximately 3:30 p.m. and medevaced the man via smallboat to the Revere Beach Fire Rescue due to him suffering from a possible chemical reaction.

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Ecochlor BWTS Receives USCG Type Approval

Ecochlor's patented BWTS has received USCG Type Approval. The Ecochlor BWTS uses a two-step process that includes filtration and treatment with chlorine dioxide (ClO2). It is completely effective on all aquatic invasive species regardless of water turbidity, salinity or temperature. “The Ecochlor BWTS works just as effectively as it did when first installed in a ship in 2004 without any fundamental changes," said Tom Perlich, President and Founder. "Since that first system was sold…

Five Facts about the SEAANGEL AIS FLARE ECO

Going out on the sea is fun and is one of the most favored recreational pastimes. With a pleasant day in mind, only few people are willing to consider the risks and hazards linked to this activity. This explains why most aquatic accidents happen in calm weather, close to the shore, probably even in the view of other people. Therefore, it should be easy to be rescued within a reasonable lapse of time. A person going overboard will not yet have drifted too far off even in strong currents. However, this picture may have a flaw. In the U.S., there are 10 “unintentional drownings” a day.

IGY Marinas Expands in Flordia with the Addition of One Island Park

IGY Marinas has  announced that it has expanded its Florida marina portfolio with the addition of One Island Park located on Miami Beach’s Terminal Island. The new location marks a company milestone, as this is the first time IGY will offer its award-winning services and quality to the South Florida market. Branded “One Island Park – Miami Beach an IGY Marinas Destination”,  the marina is currently open and IGY is already welcoming yachts to its newest destination. “Miami is one of the leading luxury yachting destinations in the United States…

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Yacht Sinks after Crash with a Lobster Boat

A yacht and a commercial fishing vessel collided Tuesday about 10 miles east of Block Island, Rhode Island. No injuries have been reported. The 40-foot lobster boat, Squeeze Play, manned by a two-man crew, was struck by the yacht Lucia, which had four people aboard. The yacht was reported to be sinking after suffering a hole in its bow. Squeeze Play’s crew then helped the four people transfer from Lucia to their lobster boat. The U.S. Coast Guard launched a 45-foot response boat crew as well as a MH-60 Jayhawk air crew to assist on scene.

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nv Charts Updates Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean Charts

nv charts has announced the release of their newly updated chart sets for Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean for 2016/17 in paper and digital format. In addition to being updated, the new NV.Atlas format brings a modern, handy design to the charts that’s practical and easy to use. The chart set includes a download of digital charts, including free navigation software, plus the free nv charts Mobile App for iOS and Android mobile devices. The App includes free digital updates for this chart set for 2016/17.