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Right supplies important for boating safety

We want to help you stay safe on the water and out of trouble with the Coast Guard. Before getting out on the water there may be a few things you need to do. Boater Ed Rudolph said, "I love to take the boat out and I love to take people out on it. It's a good time." It's boating season and you may be eager to get out on the water. But before you take your boat out, you may want to get it checked out. Vessel examiner Mike Nevin said, "You can have a lot of things happen to you out on the water and nobody wants to have a day on the water ruined because of an accident or anything unfortunate like that." Mike Nevin conducts free boat inspections for the Cape Fear Power Squadron at Carolina Beach. From safety equipment like flares and life jackets to navigation tools inspectors like Nevin make sure boats meet all federal and state safety requirements. Having these items onboard could also save you from getting fined by state wildlife agencies or the Coast Guard. Nevin said, "I believe it's about $75 per item if they find that you do not have the required equipment onboard." Aside from keeping you out of trouble, Nevin says the organization's primary goal is to keep boaters safe this season. With new statewide saltwater fishing regulations in place wildlife agencies and the Coast Guard will also be conducting more inspections this season. For more information on a free inspection visit

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