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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 

 

NEWS From BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
BoatUS Press Room at http://smtp.boatus.net/t?r=5&c=26884&l=1217&ctl=2245E5:617B783F5E747E26F98C2C66F9B8BE08&

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact:  D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
Photo Available at: http://smtp.boatus.net/t?r=5&c=26884&l=1217&ctl=2245E6:617B783F5E747E26F98C2C66F9B8BE08&
Photo Caption: Fall is a great time to be on the water. It also means playing it safe in different ways.
Got a Sunny Day to Get on the Boat One More Time?
Fall Boating Safety Tips from BoatUS Foundation
ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 22, 2013 - All over the country, fall is in full swing and recreational boaters and anglers are trying to squeeze in their last good day on the water. But when they do, boaters need to follow a safety playbook appropriate for this time of year. That's because boaters often let their guard down when safety becomes an even greater challenge. What makes fall boating safety so different? The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water explains:
  • The sun is in your face and the breeze may be warm, but below the keel the water temperature has dropped. A simple fall overboard at this time of year can be a big problem if you can't get back into the boat. What is your plan to get back aboard, especially if you're boating solo? Wearing a life jacket can also buy you critical time to get back in the boat.
  • You need to let someone know where you're going and what time you'll be back. That's because there are significantly fewer boaters on the water at this time of year to bail you out if there's trouble. A float plan left with family or friends is simple to do, and don't forget to check back in upon your return. Here's an easy, sample float plan: BoatUS.com/seaworthy/floatplan.asp.
  • With temperature fluctuations, fog takes only a short time to appear. If you're headed out on the open water, carrying a compass and chart should be a bare minimum.
  • Check your communications gear, including your VHF radio and all of its wired connections. If it is a Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF, have you connected the radio to your GPS/chartplotter and have you gotten your MMSI number? If not, rescuers won't be able to find you quickly. BoatUS offers this service for free at BoatUS.com/MMSI. Handheld VHFs should be fully charged before you go, and remember that cell phone batteries don't last as long when you're using fishing or charting apps.
  • Layer up. It may be sunny when you head out, but a short rainsquall and temperature drop with clouds in the afternoon can serve up a case of hypothermia pretty quick. Be prepared for big swings in the weather.
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About the BoatUS Foundation:
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. To make a tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to www.BoatUS.com/foundation.

 

BOATING AND SAFETY TIPS

 EMERGENCY SERVICES - DIAL 911

Be prepared to give LOCATION (buoy #, GPS coordinates.)

 

Corps of Engineers Hartwell Project: 1-888-893-0678 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-888-893-0678      end_of_the_skype_highlighting


LOANER LIFEJACKETS MARINAS

These LHA Business Members have Life Jackets for Children:

- Hartwell, GA - Hartwell Marina 706-376-5441 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              706-376-5441      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

- Anderson, SC - Portman Marina 864-287-3211 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              864-287-3211      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

- Starr, SC - Big Water Marina 864-226-3339 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              864-226-3339      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

- Lavonia, GA - Harbor Light Marina 706-356-4119 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              706-356-4119      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

 

 

BOAT TOWING -TowBoatU.S. Lake Hartwell 864-313-8627 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              864-313-8627      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

You may use your BoatUS Member Card for eligible services.

(LHA members receive 50% off their BoatUS Membership when they join/renew using LHA's group number: GA83098B )

 

 

PARK INFORMATION

For park facilities contact information, click on the following links:
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Georgia State Parks
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South Carolina State Parks
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Reserve America - Federal, state, county and private sites.

 

NAVIGATING HARTWELL LAKE BROCHURE

 

You can print a copy or view it online by clicking here.

 

A new brochure, prepared by LHA is now available that provides detailed information on things you need to know about operating a boat on Hartwell Lake. This brochure contains valuable safety information that will help you navigate safely on the lake.

KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR BOAT TRAILER

An excellent article by BOATUS on what you need to do regarding the maintenance and safety of your boat trailer can be found by clicking on
http://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=540

CONTACTS FOR SAFE BOATING CLASSES    

    Lake Hartwell Sail and Power Squadron
          
http://www.lakehartwell.org/
           Or telephone Jim Wilkins at 864-297-8989 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              864-297-8989      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

   Golden Corners Sail and Power Squadron
           Marlyn Stroven at 864-985-0788 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              864-985-0788      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
           Or
http://www.lakehartwellassociation.org/AboutHartwellLake/LakeSafety/tabid/65/mistroven@bellsouth.net
    United State Coast Guard Auxiliary
          Glenn Barbee at 706-376-0096 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              706-376-0096      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
          Or Jim Rudy at 864-972-2085 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              864-972-2085      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Or email
jimrudy@bellsouth.net or jimrudy12@yahoo.com)
    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
          Telephone 864-654-8266 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              864-654-8266      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, ext 18
    Georgia Department of Natural Resources
          Telephone 770-535-5499 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              770-535-5499      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

ONLINE FREE BOATING SAFETY COURSES

1. BoatUS at
http://www.boatus.org/onlinecourse/  In addition to the general boating course, there is also a course specifically designed for personal watercraft.   .
   
2. Americas Boating course (sponsored by United States Power Squadrons and United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
At 
http://www.americasboatingcourse.com/
   
Both of the following courses refer to individual state laws (South Carolina, Georgia, and others) which may differ from federal regulations.

3. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
At
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/education/boated.html   Information about class schedules is also available at this website.

4. Georgia Department of Natural Resources
At
http://www.boat-ed.com/   Classroom schedules also are available at 770-784-3168 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              770-784-3168      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

DISCOUNT ON MEMBERSHIP IN BOATUS

BoatUS Membership at 50% discount for LHA Members
As a member of the Lake Hartwell Association, you are entitled to a discount on the cost of membership in BoatUS. The normal fee is $30 per year, however if you are a member of LHA your discounted rate is only $15 per year. On your membership application indicate the Cooperating Group Number GA83098B. This entitles you to a one year subscription to the monthly magazine of BoatUS, an excellent source of information of interest to boaters. BoatUS is a very active group lobbying in the interest of boaters and deserves our support. You can join online or print out an application form by going to
http://www.boatus.com/join.

Beside getting a yearly BoatUS membership for $15, LHA members of BoatUS get :

    - On-the-water and on-the-road towing service
    - Low cost insurance
    - Discounts at West Marine
    - Discounts on fuel, repairs, and transient slips at over 900 marinas
and a subscription to a very good boating magazine.
 
Just include the cooperating group number for LHA  (GA83098B) when applying for or renewing membership to get the 50% off memberbership rate.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                          

 

 

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