One duck hunter was killed and another injured when their boat capsized near the jetties in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, on January 27. The two boaters were making their way back to the dock when their vessel tipped over, causing both to fall into the water.
CarolinaAlive.com reports that three University of South Carolina students and three other duck hunters who happened to be in the area contacted authorities for assistance in helping the passengers of the capsized boat.
The incident is a reminder that fisherman and hunters who will be using watercraft should make sure that they are equipped with the marine electronics and communications tools necessary to stay safe. In addition, it's important to follow these safety tips from Ducks.org the next time you go duck hunting:
- Always wear a personal flotation device. Even when you're on a relatively calm stream of water that presents little hazard and you're an experienced swimmer, it's difficult to know whether there is an undercurrent that can pull you under the surface.
- Have both the engine and hull of your boat inspected at the start of hunting season to ensure that they're in good working order.
- Let someone onshore know when you're going to be hunting, where you'll be stationed and when you plan to return, so that they can alert the authorities in the event of an emergency.
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The Providence Boat Show, a tradition that goes back 20 years, will be taking place starting January 31 in Providence, Rhode Island, and continuing until February 2. The show will feature the usual assortment of sailboats, power boating vessels and equipment, outboard engines and other items. But as BoatingIndustry.com notes, visitors have a bundle of other attractions to look forward to.
In addition to the above, attendees will get to schmooze with marine professionals and even a few boating celebrities. These include America's Cup winner Rome Kirby, a native of Newport and the guardian of the Kirby family legacy (Rome's father Jerry also competed several times in the Americas Cup).
Visitors will also be able to learn how to surf using a new dry land system that will be demonstrated at the show. Event planners are hoping to attract a more diverse crowd with guests of all ages.
"When RIMTA purchased this show we knew it was a perfect way to showcase our marine industry – but we set out to do something more, to create an indoor expo that showcases our shoreline and all the ways it can be enjoyed from the water side," Wendy Mackie, CEO of show organizers Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), said in a news release.
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The boating industry was hit hard by the recession, and many outfits are still struggling to readjust to what many refer to as "the new normal." However, many marine professionals are reporting slow but steady growth in the marine electronics and boating fields, signaling good times are ahead for those who have survived the economic downturn.
In a recent piece written for TradeOnlyToday.com, an industry news source, several top boating professionals contribute their thoughts on what the future holds for not just those who work with boats, but those who own them as a hobby as well. What many are seeing is that boating enthusiasts are starting to age. However, John Adey, the President of the American Boat & Yacht Council, stated that he has hopes more young people will be attracted to the field.
"Recently I had the opportunity to address about 140 boatbuilders during a marine engineering conference and was pleasantly surprised as I looked out across the audience," Adey writes. "Within this group was the typical long-term employee, but in addition I noticed a new group of faces sprinkled throughout. These folks were young and seemed energetic as my co-presenters and I discussed the nuances of a boat's electrical system."
One reason young people may not be quite as interested in boating is that they have a perception of it as being something that only high net-worth individuals can enjoy. But the good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. By purchasing used vessels and shopping for discount boat parts and accessories at ePal, young people can have the opportunity to enjoy this hobby without breaking the bank.
Rising home equity levels in Florida are being credited with an increase in boat sales in December of 2013. According to TradeOnlyToday.com, an industry news source, there were 140,000 boats sold nationwide in December 2013, an increase of 20,000 over the same period in 2012.
There are two reasons that these numbers are being linked to Florida real estate. The first is that Florida, along with Texas, are typically the only states where boat buying remains strong in the winter months. December usually only accounts for 2.5 percent of annual sales. The second is that the housing market in Florida has been rebounding as the economy improves. This in turn means that homeowners have more equity, leading to more boat purchases through credit.
"One of the things we've seen over the years is a fairly strong correlation between home sales and boat sales," Jack Ellis, managing director at Info-Link Technologies, told the source. "Most people have much of their equity and net worth tied up in their home. When you see the value of your home get cut by 30 percent, which happened in certain parts of Florida… [people are less likely to spend.]"
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New Jersey has passed new legislation that establishes stiff penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident. The law was passed unanimously by the New Jersey State Senate.
Under the terms of the new law, anyone who flees an accident that results in serious bodily injury to another person without notifying authorities can receive a fine of up to $150,000 as well as three to five years in prison. If the accident results in death, the fine goes up to $250,000 and the prison sentence could be as high as ten years.
"Safety is always our first concern with more boaters on our waterways each year," Senator Jim Holzapfel said in a statement. "This legislation will give law enforcement the authority needed to persecute those reckless enough to leave the scene of an accident without assisting the passengers of the other vessel."
The legislation was created in response to an accident that took place in 2008. Anthony DiGilio of Brick, New Jersey, was piloting his boat on the Metedeconk River when he drove over another vessel, killing one of the occupants. DGilio fled the scene and did not alert authorities to the incident. He was later charged with vehicular homicide, though he was acquitted in April 2013 according to NJ.com.
It's important to avoid these situations by making sure that your boat is equipped with the highest quality communications equipment, including a VHF marine radio that can send out automatic emergency signals to the Coast Guard or law enforcement. You can find the best navigation and communication instruments by shopping at ePal.
Leonardo DiCaprio's newest film, "The Wolf of Wall Street" is a frontrunner to win several Academy Awards and many critics are praising the movie as one of the actor's best. But in addition to being a highly-acclaimed motion picture, it can also serve as a cautionary tale for anyone who owns a marine vehicle, especially a luxury yacht.
In the story, DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a real-life, Wall Street banker who owns "Naomi," a 134-foot boat that features a helicopter, jet skis and just about every other amenity that Belfort could pack in. On a voyage to Europe, Belfort orders his captain to set sale for Monaco, despite the captain's warnings that there were "choppy" waters that would make it a bumpy ride. The choppy waters turned out to be gigantic waves that eventually led to the sinking of "Naomi," with Belfort and his crew needing to be rescued by the Italian coast guard.
The story did in fact happen in much the same way that it is depicted in the film. The real Belfort owned "Nadine", a yacht that originally belonged to fashion designer Coco Chanel, and he did manage to sink it off the coast of Sardinia in the mid-1990's.
Although the film is mainly about Belfort's illegal stock trading practices and debauchery, it's also a warning against ignoring the expert advice of an experienced mariner and putting your crew and passengers at risk. At ePal, we always recommend following the captain's advice when it comes to getting repairs, purchasing needed Garmin marine GPS equipment or avoiding hazardous conditions when underway.
Two duck hunters are dead and another is recovering from hypothermia after their aluminum boat capsized in the Westport River near New Bedford, Massachusetts. The bodies of the two deceased were recovered about a half mile from where the vessel flipped, while the survivor was found on the banks of Corey's Island.
CBS Boston reports that the air temperature at the time of rescue was 8 degrees, while the water temperature was 32 degrees. Wind speeds were as high as 35 mph. Rescuers stated that the conditions were pretty extreme for duck hunting, and that it was inadvisable to be out in such weather.
"It's tragic that this case resulted in two lives lost, and it is nothing short of miraculous that one hunter was saved," Lt. Bryan Swintek, the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England public affairs officer, told the source. "It took teamwork between the Coast Guard rescue crews and our interagency partners to get him to safety."
A similar incident occurred in the same area just a week earlier, when a duck hunter went missing after his kayak was found on New Year's Eve. The hunter, Dana Dourdeville, has yet to be found.
These events are a sad reminder that piloting any kind of vessel, particularly if it is small and without shelter, during adverse weather is risky and should only be attempted if absolutely necessary. Of course, sometimes weather conditions can surprise you, with calm waters and clear skies quickly giving way to rain and wind within a matter of minutes. To avoid getting stuck offshore in such situations, make sure your boat is equipped with the right instruments that can warn you about approaching weather conditions. You can find the latest Garmin and Lowrance marine electronics at ePal.
Four men were rescued off the coast of Adolphustown, Ontario, in Lake Ontario on December 21 after their fishing boat sank. The men were discovered by the captains of two separate charter boats that happened to stumble upon their wreckage just in time to save the men from near-freezing water temperatures. The rescue demonstrates the importance of equipping your vessel with marine electronics and communication instruments that can be lifesavers in the event of an emergency.
The rescued boaters were floating in the water using body suits, but the suits had become water logged and the men were dangerously close to dying from hypothermia. Local news source The Belleville Intelligencer reports that Scott Walcott of Bay of Quinte Charters was trolling the waters around Loynes Island when he began to see debris in the water.
"I looked up and saw what looked like the bow of a boat in the water and a bunch of debris," he told the source. "There was a planer board and a cooler and a piece of pizza floating."
The men were quickly rescued and taken to Prince Edward Memorial Hospital in Picton, where they were treated and released.
Boating in the waters around the Canadian coast and on the Great Lakes in winter is an incredibly dangerous and risky task, as not only will you be dealing with freezing temperatures and inclement weather, but ice as well. In these situations, making sure you have all the communication equipment you need, such as a powerful VHF marine radio, is vital to your safety and that of your crew. The best place to procure these items is ePal.
If it's been a while since you installed your current autopilot system (or if you don't even have one to begin with), you may be surprised at how advanced these systems have become. Most boaters are a bit hesitant to hand over the controls of their vessel to a computer, but in the event that you must leave the wheel but need to keep traveling, these devices can be a life saver.
Power & Motoryacht Magazine recently went into some of the design trends that are governing the way manufactures make these boat accessories. One development that has been particularly important is the drive to create simpler, easier to integrate systems that can be deployed on older vessels.
"Boat users expect flawless performance from an autopilot, but without having to interact with it and perform a complicated setup every time they put to sea," Ian Matt, Senior Global Product Manager for Raymarine, tells the source.
The fact is that most boat owners don't have the latest, fastest and most advanced boats on the market. Instead, they're driving older vessels with dated electronic components. Fortunately, most manufacturers have the average boater in mind when they're designing autopilots for the mass market, so more boat owners will be able to take advantage of this useful technology that makes boating more enjoyable and safer.
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A man who was trapped under a capsized boat at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and survived three days on a small pocket of air has become an internet sensation. The rescue took place in May, but it wasn't until this week that video of the dramatic event was released to the public. The footage shows Harrison Odjegba Okene, a cook aboard the tugboat Jascon 4, stuck in a small compartment where he was found by search and rescue divers from a Dutch company working near the site of the sinking.
The diving team, from a firm called DCN Diving, was initially only searching for bodies. Okene was the only crewmember to survive the wreck. However, as they inspected the wreckage, a camera on one of the searchers' helmets captured images of a hand pulling the diver towards him. The hand belonged to Okene.
"It was frightening for everybody," Tony Walker, project manager for DCN Diving, told The Associated Press. "For the guy that was trapped because he didn't know what was happening. It was a shock for the diver while he was down there looking for bodies, and we (in the control room) shot back when the hand grabbed him on the screen."
Boating on the open ocean can be both a thrilling and harrowing experience. As miraculous as this rescue turned out to be, it should be noted that 11 other sailors aboard the Jascon 4 perished in the sinking. Avoiding such catastrophes is the captain's number one responsibility, and it is more easily achieved by making use of a chartplotter, which is ypically equipped with instrumentation that can let you know of hazards both above the water and below. You can find the latest marine technology by shopping at ePal.