In this section of the web site, you will find informative articles that relate new products, changes to boating equipment or electronics as well as breaking news that impacts our recreational boating community.
Stay Safe Afloat
It goes without saying that we live in a coastal community where a significant percentage of residents consistently take to the water in one manner or another. The Pamlico/Tar River and its tributaries are filled with vessels of various shapes and sizes. Kayaks, canoes and personal watercraft share the water with boats for fishing, skiing and sailing. As we head into the summer months, the volume increases, turning it into a nautical jungle out there. That is why the Pamlico Sail and Power Squadron and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are promoting National Safe Boating Week during May 19-25, considered by some as the informal start of summer.
Inner Banks Cruising in a Small Boat
For years, our commitment to racing sailboats kept us from exploring the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), which had long been on our hit parade. When racing became an obligation, we bailed out and bought Rapid Escape, a 21 foot center console and took off to explore the inshore side of the Outer Banks.
Recall for Mustang Survival Life Jackets
Mustang Survival issues a voluntary recall for certain inflatable life jackets.
Rules of the Road – Changes to Rule #9
After years of waiting, the United States Coast Guard is finally stating exactly where areas to be declared “regulated navigation areas” now exist. This means that in these “areas now declared regulated”, Rule #9 – Narrow Channels will apply to all vessels navigating within these declared areas.
Read full article in Professional Mariner, Issue #143, dated February 2011
New N.C. Pump-out Law causes Misunderstanding
On July 27, 2009 the State of North Carolina adopted a new law (Session Law 2009-345, House Bill 1378) that, in part, requires owners of recreational vessels with a marine sanitation device (MSD), operated in certain areas, to maintain a log of MSD pump-outs. These provisions become effective July 1, 2010. However, as is so often the case, portions of the law have been taken out of context and therefore misunderstood.
NMMA Submits Formal Comments on Ethanol Waiver
In opposition to a petition submitted by a pro-ethanol lobby, the National Marine Manu-facturers Association (NMMA) submitted nearly 40 pages of comments to the Environmental Protection Agency requesting a waiver to allow the sale of ethanol gasoline blends of up to 15 percent.
New North Carolina Boating Law becomes effective May 1, 2010
The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed Senate Bill 43 which was signed into law by Governor Purdue on July 10th. The act becomes effective on May 1, 2010, at which time the state of North Carolina will require that persons under 26 complete a boater safety education course prior to operating a boat in state waters.
VHF Radios - Join the VHF “Speed Dial” Set
Most of us have boats equipped with VHF radios. And, as safe boaters, we monitor channel 16 when underway. However, once in an anchorage or marina, we are faced with the unpleasant choice of listening to the noise on one of the working channels we monitor or being unavailable if a fellow boater wants to call us on VHF. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to call a specific boater on VHF, much as we do on the phone, without either of us having to listen to the background chatter on a marine VHF channel? Believe it or not, that capability is here now!
SPOT - A New Safety Service
How many times during a boat cruise, backcountry hike or other trip away from civilization, have you wanted to send word to your family or friends that you’re okay, but had no VHF or cell phone coverage? That service is now available, at a reasonable cost, through the miracle of satellites. It’s called SPOT and it works anywhere on earth.