U.S. Coast Guard to require engine cut-off switch

March 23rd, 2021

The U.S. Coast Guard will require operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL), effective April 1, 2021. The new requirement, reported on the National Marine Manufacturers Association website, is mandated by Section 8316 of the National Defense Authorization Act of […]

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Congress advances boating safety measures

August 6th, 2020

Prior to the August recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill includes key provisions that would improve the safety of the millions of Americans who take to the water each year. It would mandate the […]

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Boating safety statistics improved in 2018

September 12th, 2019

There were 633 boating fatalities nationwide in 2018, a 3.8 percent decrease from 2017, according to the recently released U.S. Coast Guard 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics Report. From 2017 to 2018, overall recreational boating injuries also decreased 4.5 percent (2,629 to 2,511), and the total number of accidents decreased 3.4 percent (4,291 to 4,145). Alcohol […]

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NMMA Canada receives funding for boat safety

June 16th, 2016

The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA Canada) has announced plans to develop a new boating safety initiative with the help of a grant from the National Search and Rescue Secretariat. NMMA Canada will receive $312,000 over the next three years as part of the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (SARNIF) to create a […]

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USCG redesigns safety website

April 13th, 2015

The U.S. Coast Guard's Office of the Auxiliary and Boating Safety has officially launched its redesigned Boating Safety website to provide easier navigation for recreational boaters to locate the information they need. The site offers users—whether a manufacturer, a boating safety partner or a recreational boater—a more streamlined route to quickly find the content or […]

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USCG issues new boating safety paper

March 1st, 2015

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council recently announced the publication of Issue 88 of the Boating Safety Circular (BSC #88) to continue to inform the public and boat builders of the latest safety related news and announcements in the form of a brief newsletter. The publication is an official communication from the U.S. Coast Guard […]

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