Don Woodard, a second-generation USPS member, raced catboats in coastal New England and on Lake Hartwell. A former Bridge officer and Navigation course instructor in Atlanta Power Squadron, he and his wife Janice now spend their boating time in kayaks and in a 17' multi-species Starcraft fishing boat.

Boating Accident Death Statistics Show Slight Improvement

Accident And Injury Rate Up Slightly In June, the Coast Guard published Recreational Boating Statistics 2019, the 61st annual report, with statistics on recreational boating accidents and state vessel registration. This publication is a result of the coordinated effort of the Coast Guard and those states and territories that have Federally-approved boat numbering and casualty…

stray current corrosion

Part 2: Understanding Marine Corrosion—Electrolytic Corrosion

Stray current corrosion is similar to galvanic corrosion, except that a current source is added to the circuit. Source: USPS. Electrolytic or stray current corrosion is related to galvanic corrosion, discussed last month. It functions similarly, but with the addition of an external electrical source to the corrosion equation, which significantly accelerates the reaction. It…

Preventing Explosions

No matter how it happens, if gasoline gets into the bilge, it’s simply a spark away from an explosion. The injury to passengers and crew during an explosion can be devastating, even without a fire. Aging systems aboard all boats need continuous preventive maintenance. Fuel fill lines, feed lines, and vent lines are constantly subjected…

Splash guards

Transom Splash Guards: A Safety Addition Worth Considering

Splash guards help after repowering with a heavier outboard. Splash guards are commercially engineered or homemade additions to boats with low freeboard. Installed above the transom, especially notched transoms, they give the boat a little extra insurance against swamping under certain conditions: Backtrolling while casting for or playing larger fish such as stripers Maneuvering during…