Blog October 2015

CHOOSING A MARINE SURVEYOR

Posted On: October 20, 2015

Finding the Right Surveyor

To finance or insure a boat, you’ll need a current survey. But how can you find a reputable marine surveyor whose advice you’d trust with your investment and your family’s safety? Complicating matters, your yacht broker can’t ethically recommend a surveyor to you; doing so could invite collusion.

You can of course just google your local talent, or try this.

Where to look?

Two organizations are a good place to start — the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors and the American Boat & Yacht Council— They can help you find the expert you need. Compile a short list of surveyors to interview. While your broker can’t give you a single name, he or she can provide a list of half a dozen names. Alternatively, go to the SAMS or ABYC website and enter the boat’s location for a list of certified local surveyors. SAMS accredited marine surveyors have demonstrated basic knowledge, including an exam. SAMS surveyor associates haven’t yet qualified as an accredited marine surveyor, but they’ve agreed to abide by SAMS ethics and standards. Membership in NAMS or SAMS doesn’t tell you about a surveyor’s knowledge of boat systems and construction. But the ABYC does, in eight areas: marine electricity, diesel engines, gasoline engines, marine systems, composite boatbuilding, marine A/C and refrigeration, marine corrosion, and general standards.

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COAST GUARD RESCUES TWO OFF FIRE ISLAND

Posted On: October 13, 2015

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City hoisted two distressed mariners to safety and transported them to Coast Guard Station Fire Island on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, both mariners were wearing lifejackets and no injuries were reported. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

Coast Guard arrived at the right time

This story reported by NEWSDAY

One of two distressed mariners the Coast Guard rescued from swirling seas near the Fire Island Inlet on Friday, said he knew there was trouble when the boat's transmission failed and they were stranded in the surf, in the inlet's roughest part.

"The first 10 minutes was pretty rough," said Dan Zecchini, 45, of Oakdale.

Zecchini said he and his father, Daniel Zecchini, 66, of East Islip were returning from a fishing trip when problems started with the father's 18-year-old boat.

"Before we got the anchor out, I thought the boat was going to flip," he said

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JUST BECAUSE FALL IS HERE,

Posted On: October 08, 2015

Just because its Fall and there are less vessels on the water, doesn’t mean you can throw caution to the wind as far as safety is concerned. Here are several tips for avoiding some of the most serious boating mistakes.

Mistake 1: Underestimating What It Takes to Operate a Boat

All  too often, both experienced and novice boaters can underestimate the level of knowledge, skill and experience required to operate a boat effectively and safely. From trailer­ing and launching, to safe anchoring, to docking and undocking, the equipment, navigation, handling and rules of the road are completely different than on land. Serious accidents, including swamping and capsizing, often result from simple failures such as loading a boat properly and within capacity or anchoring safely..

Mistake 2: Inattention

The beauty and fun of being on the water in the fall can make boating seem carefree and effortless. A brief lapse in attention is often behind groundings, collisions and capsizing. Many accidents occur late in the day, when operators are fatigued. Many involve collisions with markers, jetties and other obstacles that are visible and avoidable. The water may seem calm and familiar, but operator attention and diligence are vital.

Mistake 3: Boating Under the Influence

Fun, relaxation and friendship go hand in hand with boating. While no amount of alcohol is safe for a boat operator, the sun and fun that make boating so enjoyable can also make alcohol more dangerous for passengers. Dehydration, physical exertion and fatigue can accelerate and amplify the effects of alcohol, more quickly impairing judgment and coordination, which increases the chances of risky behavior and injury, and the danger of falling overboard

Mistake 4: Failing to Recognize Risks

Bad weather, shorter days, unfamiliar locales and hazardous waters are risks that boaters sometimes fail to account for. Responsible boaters learn to respect the weather and to check conditions prelaunch and while on the water to avoid sudden storms. While exploring new areas is part of the fun, it’s smart to check with local boating authorities if you’re heading out on an unfamiliar body of water. They can point out known hazards and offer navigation tips.

Mistake 5:  Being Underprepared  for Emergencies

Filing a float plan and ensuring that proper emergency and communication equipment are present and working are essential safety precautions. But preparation only begins there. Passengers, as well as the operator, need to know basic emergency procedures, how to communicate and how to use emergency equipment if the operator becomes incapacitated. Practicing with equipment is particularly important, as every moment is precious in an emergency.  Finally, ensure that everyone aboard wears a life jacket at all times. If something goes wrong or there is a fall overboard, there is often no time and no way to access a life jacket.

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