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Boating safety tips

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If you own a boat, it might be one of the best ways to spend a hot summer day out on the water. But in order to stay safe, there are a few things you need to know. Coast Guard fireman Justin Dennis says, "if you own your boat or you are on any boat, you need to know where everything is on that boat, and everything about it." Here in wrightsville beach, the Coast Guard makes its usual rounds along the Intracoastal Waterway. Searching boats randomly to make sure they're equipped with the right safety gear. Justin Shackleford says "the boarding will go very smoothly if you have everything on board, and then there is no reason for us to write any kind of citation. It will be quick and easy, we'll give you your receipt showing you are in compliance, and you'll be on your way." So to make sure you're up to speed, the following things need to be on your boat. "A valid registration for your boat, they should have that registration card with them. they need to have a life jacket for everyone on board the vessel. they need to have a type four throwable device. they need to have a fire extinguisher on board and a sound producing device." Once you pass the test, you can cast off on the right foot, with one tip from the Coast Guard. "Whether you have a big boat or a little boat, you need to know what your boat can handle." Depending on how big your boat is, there may be different safety rules, but they are all in place to help you enjoy every nautical mile.

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Got a point

If someone goes out, purchases a boat, does NOT take a boaters safety course form the Coast Gurad AND acts in a foolish or negligent manner thus causing physical harm to you or your craft or causes emotional damages that individual IS indeed liable for his/her actions or inactions just as they would be in a automobile. Perhaps if some of these "snobs" you speak about start getting slapped with a lawsuit if their negligence causes you harm or causes damage to your boat (there is much more money in a boat and I am sure the scum attorneys which are plentiful areound here would LOVE to sink their teeth into 33% of a $50k suite they could pass over litigation with in a matter of a couple of months.. Hmm.. Look out rich people in the water when you swamp a small boat! The po folk may have figured out a way to get back at your fortunes and attitudes. Seriously... If you own a boat..... take the U.S. Coast Guard approved boaters safety course to CYA and to learn the rules of the water. It just might save you from a frivilous lawsuit...


the laws people... Not ALL boats are required to have a throwable device or extinguisher...

My husband and I are new

My husband and I are new boaters. I understand what each of you are saying but on the same note, some of the old timers with little john boats are not any better than any one else. We had a friend take us out on the water way to teach us the proper use of the boat that we just got. We had a fisherman say that he was going to blow a whole in our boat because we caught his net with the boat. He had the net streached the whole way accross the channel. The only way to not get the net was to go out of the channel and catch other fishing nets. So the problem, we were told, was we were going TOO SLOW. If we were going faster, we would have skimmed over the net. Our problem was that it was a no wake zone. So before the name calling comes to those of us fortunate enough to buy a more expensive boat than yours, find out the whole story. We may have come across your buddy that thinks he owns the waterway!


time, pull out your phone and call Wildlife Enforcement or Marine is AGAINST the law for them to string a net across the if he was stupid enough to string it...HIS fault for it getting ripped to shreds. As a recreational fisherman and recreational boater...I can tell you the RUDEST rear ends on the water are commercial fisherman!

This was not one of the

This was not one of the commercial fisherman. He was in a small fishing boat about 18 foot. We will take your advise and program the numbers into our phones for the next trip. My husband and I don't fish. We just go boating. I was trying to point out that while everyone was bad mouthing the "rich" boaters with "expensive" boats, they are not the only ones that cause problems. My husband and I have great respect for the local fishermen. We don't own a small boat, but we try to be respectful of the local fishermen. Thank you for your input.

Boat safety

I used to work on a shrimp trawler & I know there are way too many idiots on the water. Just because you can afford to buy a boat/yacht doesn't mean you can pilot one. The jet skis can be some of the worst!!!!! I've watched sail boats run aground, yachts stop & ask where Southport is or when we were dragging boats flying by & sending us rockin' & a rollin', had to hold on for dear life or go overboard. At the Northend of Carolina Beach the boats & jetskis are terrible about not watching for swimmers. I believe that just like vehicles we all need a license to pilot a water craft & take a safety course every year but doubt that will happen because people will fuss about the expense but don't fuss about doing for a car.

Rude people on the waterway

When I was a boy, it didn't matter what kind of boat you had. Everyone waved at everyone. Large vessels yielded for small vessels and everyone followed maritime laws. In today's world, the majority of boaters only care about themselves. Hardly anyone waves anymore, most everyone is RUDE. I see larger vessels continue to almost swamp smaller Jon-Boats and other vessels. My small son and I have almost been capsized three times in the past four months by individuals in their brand new boats who have no right to even be out on the water. It is obvious that they do not know and follow the laws or they just do not care. Case and point: Last month my little boy and I went fishing for a day out at Wrightsville Beach. We can back in to the Wildlife ramp (which has always been a disaster) and waited for almost an hour for a spot to open. We were almost out of fuel and my son had to use the bathroom badly. When a spot opened up we scooted in. As we began to dock some jerk in a brand new Yukon with a brand new blue and white boat decided he was a bit more important and but his boat in the slip with my boat. (These slips are made for ONE boat.) The wildlife officer watching this said nothing… (Even as my aluminum boat scratched the mess out of his brand new fiberglass boat.) Now it gets worse.. The guys battery was dead. SO instead of being a decent human being, he left his boat in the slip and took off (we guess) to buy another battery. This moron leaves his wife and kids waiting there and ties up a slip at the Wrightsville Beach Wildlife Dock for an hour. This is how people are on the water today. They think they are better than anyone else, the do not know or follow boating rules and regulations and they are rude, nasty people for a large-part. Our family has been on the water our entire lives. Until the government makes it mandatory to take a boaters safety course and then better enforces the rules and regulations, you will always have jerks and mean people like the one we encountered ruining days and risking lives. SLOW DOWN FOR SMALLER VESSELS BEFORE YOU ARROGANT & RUDE PEOPLE KILL A FAMILY BY CAPSIZING THEIR BOAT!


I understand the frustration this man has. I am curious though if this gentleman offered to help the man with a dead battery. He was upset about the fact that a man left to to get a new battery. I too have grown up on the water and I still follow the unwritten rule that boaters help other boaters in need. With this act of kindness maybe this "rude" boater might have learned a bit of boater courtesy.

Reply To Curious

The rudenedd to others was by leaving his dead boat in the water.. In the one of four slips at Wildlife. The rudeness to me was placing his $80k boat where my boat was already tied up and scratching & damaging both my boat and his. (Metal boats leave deep scratches on fiberglass. Thank goodnedd his was fiberglass.). He obviously thought he was better than everyone around him. I just assume his boat sinks with him on it before I offered the jerk any assistance. At least the waterway would be friendlier and minus one rich jerk in a boat they dont know how to manage or pilot. Now as for the lasy that made mention about a kid on an expensive boat.. Besides a large luxury boat, this sixteen year old in about a 22' center console is the only larg boat close to be that made an effort to slow down so he would not harm me. Now here is a note to you jerks out there. The second my boat gets dumped my one of you, I am calling the Coast Gurad to get a report written up. The second thing I am going to do is to own you and your boat because I will have no problem in court proving you were being grossly negligent. SO before you act so big and bad and risk someone's life.. Remember there are small boaters out there in the water ready to take you to court for your stupid actions that place small boats at risk every day through your gross negligence.

Have to remember

You have to remember that money doesn't always equal intelligence. Big boat, big truck, little brain. I'm glad you left the punk sitting there. Only thing better would be to cut the boat free and let him swim when he came back.

No Wonder

No wonder peoople on the water don't have any respect for others any more with the attitude you have. Long time boaters like yourselves should be teaching the new boaters the "law of the land" or sea as you may say. Try being nice to them and you may find out that they are more willing to learn from you.

I 100% agree

I was on the water on Saturday and I could not believe the way it has changed when I moved here seven years ago people were so much more polite when it came to the waters everyone waved and looked out for other boats. Not these days. Just this weekend I was wakeboarding and some max 19yr old in a boat that we all know daddy and mommy probably bought him was fallowing so close behind that heaven forbide I would have fallen I would have become shark bait. And its not like he couldnt see me in my hot pink bathing suit and yellow jacket. Than when the other passengers on my boat told him to watch out he had the nerve to flip us off. Its these 18 and 19 year olds with the parents money and the parents who think because they have a $200k+ boat that they are better than me on my 25ft boat. News flash, YOUR NOT!!

Best boating advice - don't leave your brain ashore

I was fishing in Rich Inlet yesterday, and watched two guys in an old wooden runabout nearly mow down some kayaker. They were headed out toward the ocean, but must have changed their mind and started making a wide turn back. All the while the guy steering the boat was staring back up the channel, completely oblivious to where the boat was actually going. At less than a hundred feet one of them saw the kayak and they initiated a sharp evasive maneuver. No one would dream of driving down the highway without watching where they are going, but there is no shortage of idiots who believe in the "big water, little boat" theory. You see them all the time, watching skiers behind their boat, yakking with their friends, rummaging through the cooler for their brand, and all the while, the boat speeding across the water at thirty knots with no one watching where it's going.