Weekend Boat Show; New Boater Safety Law

‘Tis the season . . . for barges. Remember last year, October’s boater safety roundtable? And project officials’ comment that there will be more machinery than water between the two counties? It’s urgently important to boat safely and responsibly, and to know what to do in case of an emergency.

The Hudson Valley Marine Trades Association boat show is this weekend at the Westerly Marina. I’ll be there Sunday walking around, so please come say hello.

safe boating

Reminder: next week (May 1), anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, must complete an eight-hour boating safety course before operating a mechanically-propelled vessel in the state’s navigable waters. Those born before May 1, 1996, are exempt.

Three sources confirmed that I can operate a boat (I don’t have one; just saying) on the Hudson River without a boating license — because there is no such certificate or license. However, if I DID own a boat, I would have to register it with NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, and any boating accident/incident I cause would be affixed to my NYS driver’s license.

Certificates can be obtained, and the safety course completed, with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation, U.S. Power Squadrons, or the U.S. Coast Guard. Safe boating. Safe boating — especially now that the project is full speed ahead.

new RNA

In response, the Coast Guard expanded the Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) to 500 yards north and 500 yards south of the span. See details in the updated Local Notice to Mariners. Since October, temporary navigational lights marked the 600 foot-wide main channel, and while temporary and permanent piles are illuminated at night, activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL.

The Coast Guard boating safety information — excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

And as always, I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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  1. nykeypad on

    Reblogged this on Kaleidoscope Eyes and commented:

    Note the Coast Guard’s expanded RNA now in effect, and the new boater safety law as of May 1. Gorgeous day to be outdoors at the HVMTA boat show this weekend. See you there tomorrow!


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