Boating Your Way to Lobsters



Lobster season is upon us this month. As September spills into October, lobster hunters will surely be crowding local beaches, harbors and piers in search of making a big catch as close to shore as possible. On the other hand, large populations of lobsters are generally found in deeper waters, especially early in the season. With fewer lobster hunters further away from shore, it might be worthwhile to hop on a charter boat and head west into the Pacific Ocean in search of lobster just off the California coast.





Best in the West!

Located in the picturesque Lido Marina Village in sunny Newport Beach, California, the Lido Boat Show is the best place to sell big boats and yachts in the West! The show is the major Southern California boat show designed and produced specifically to draw customers of big boats and yachts along with the gear that makes owning one more enjoyable. The Lido Boat Show’s continued growth over the past 36 years has created the word of mouth that drives buyers to the show. And with more than 200 big vessels on display, this is the one fall show that serious buyers won’t miss.



Oceanside Harbor Days to Run Sept. 27-28

OCEANSIDE – Boats, sandcastles, live music and everything Oceanside will be featured at the annual Oceanside Harbor Days celebration, scheduled for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28. To help celebrate the city’s 126th birthday, a boat parade organized by Oceanside Yacht Club will add to the fun-filled day. – See more at:–27-28#sthash.FW4j7EJ9.dpuf





BoatingLAB Tests: Handheld VHF Radios



A handheld, digital selective calling (DSC), very high frequency (VHF) radio is a convenient communication device and an essential emergency rescue tool. When registered with the Federal Communications Commission and programmed with your assigned Maritime Mobile Service Identity code (MMSI), it is capable of transmitting its own internally generated GPS position with an emergency signal that enables faster rescue by allowing one-button communication of your description and location to rescue services.

In our book, the ideal radio has to offer long battery life, clear audio qualities and easy GPS linkup, and it must be waterproof and float. (If only cellphones were made that way!)

How We Tested
Our test regimen mixed hard data with subjective opinion, tempered by The BoatingLAB team’s collective decades of experience using handheld ­marine VHF radios.

GPS Lock Time
The first GPS link always takes the longest, so we timed and averaged the second and third linkups after shutting each radio off between trials.

Battery Life
We used time-lapse video to time the battery life of each radio, left on without transmitting. Battery life specifications include manufacturers’ estimates of power drain with normal transmission intervals.

Transmit/Receive Clarity/Decibels
We judged transmit- and receive-quality subjectively. Two testers agreed on the results and in-the-field experiences with ­others on the Boating team supported the testing results. Our control radio, a Standard Horizon HX760S, was used to listen to transmissions from the test radios and to transmit to the test radios at approximately three-quarters of a mile.

With each test radio set to full volume, we measured the decibels (dB) of transmissions received. In an emergency, people may be screaming, the wind may be howling, or the seas may be roaring.

Float Test
Yep, we unceremoniously dumped them into an aquarium and left them there for a half-hour. They all passed.



Boating classes offered

Many boating safety courses are offered throughout the country, for all types of recreational boaters, and for boaters of all ages. Qualified volunteer organizations, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, and others sponsor many courses, and many state boating agencies also provide classes.

Courses cover many aspects of boating safety, from boat handling to reading the weather, and from a “Water ‘N Kids” class to courses for boaters who want to learn electronic navigation skills. The most popular basic courses generally have from 6 to 13 lessons to provide a foundation of operational and safety instruction.

American Boat Operators’ Course 
Offers online boating safety courses with online certification tests for a number of states.

Boat/U.S. Foundation Courseline
The Courseline is a searchable database of current boating safety courses around the nation.

Offers online boating safety courses with online certification tests for a number of states. 
Offers online boating safety courses with online certification tests for a number of states.

Offers an online Basic Boating Certification Course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and a Coastal Navigation Course.

Commander Bob
An award-winning website that advances boating education

PWC Safety School
Offers online courses and certification for PWC operators in several states

Safe Boating America
Safe Boating America classes meet the State Educational Requirements for operating a Boat or PWC and also meet the requirements for a Youth Operator.

State Courses
Many states offer boating safety courses. The National Association of State Boating Boating Law Administrators’ online Directory provides contact information for state boating agencies.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Local flotillas offer a variety of safety classes, including basic/introductory boating courses and safety courses, navigation, sailing and personal watercraft safety, among others.

U.S. Sailing
Programs offer instruction in small and large sailboats, windsurfers, and powerboats. All levels of instruction are available around the country for beginner to advanced skills. Information on courses and instruction is available on the web.

United States Power Squadron
“America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition” the most comprehensive boating safety
course available. It includes a course book, a narrated student CD and a
digital charting DVD. ABC 3 is available as a classroom, home study or
online course.

American Canoe Association
Comprehensive resource to find skills courses, assessments, and instructor certification courses for kayak,  canoe, raft, safety & rescue, and adaptive paddling.




BBQ Benefit to Help Victim of Boating Accident


A BBQ benefit was held on Roddfield Road near Wooldridge to help with medical expenses for 24-year-old Rebecca Chambers.    Chambers has undergone several surgeries and has no medical insurance.

Investigators say she fell off the front of the boat and got caught by the engine propeller which severed her leg below the knee.

If you would like to help, a Go Fund Me account has been set up. and look for Rebecca Chambers.



Boating And Water Safety Added To Driver’s Education Program

The Texas Education Agency has approved a parks and wildlife water safety program to educate young adults and teens who spend time boating, fishing, and swimming in Texas waterways.

The newest video centers around testimonials of parents that have lost their children in water-recreation accidents.




Donate a Coat at the Boating & Outdoor Festival




The boats are back! This year, when you attend the 5th annual Boating & Outdoor Festival, CBS 62 invites you to donate a new or gently worn coat to benefit Grace Centers of Hope.

The “Boats for Coats” donation program will be running throughout the festival weekend, September 12th – 14th. Bring your coat of any style or size to the Boating & Outdoor Festival at the Lake St. Clair Metropark and drop it off in one of the donation barrels on-hand at the Boat Show entrance.

Your donation will help warm the lives of men, women, and children in need this winter!

Lake St. Clair Metropark is located at:
31300 Metro Parkway
Harrison Township, MI 48045

Weekend Show Hours are:
Friday, 12p-7:30p
Saturday, 11a-7:30p
Sunday 11a-6p

The 5th Annual Boating & Outdoor Festival offers something for everyone – from walkable exhibits for outdoor enthusiasts to live music. For full event details and schedule, click here. Plus, this year, check out the all-new “Bark Park” on Saturday the 13th from 11am – 7:30pm and Sunday the 14th from 11am – 6pm. The Bark Park features entertainment by the Rock ‘n Roll K9’s, adoptions, education, and shopping. Dogs can also run free or cool off in the Puppy Play Area.

Bring your family and furry friends - along with your coat donation – to the Boating & Outdoor Festival this weekend and help support the Grace Centers of Hope.

Help Update Nautical Charts – Coast Survey to improve Magenta Line.



Traditional Reporting Systems Still in Effect
Boaters continue to have a direct line to NOAA for reporting chart errors. The fastest way to notify Coast Survey of dangers to navigation is to submit a chart discrepancy through the Nautical Discrepancy Reporting System. The system asks boaters to identify which chart they are reporting, the time of observation, and the position of the discrepancy.

Click Here to Help NOAA’s Coast Survey Update Nautical Charts