U.S. Coast Guard Mobile App

Features of the app include: state boating information; a safety equipment checklist; free boating safety check requests; navigation rules; float plans; and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity. When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest ...
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Navigate Bridges Safely

To navigate bridges safely, particularly on the Intracoastal Waterway, boaters should be aware of a few safety and protocol basics. Do you know the vertical clearance your boat needs to pass safely under a bridge? If not, find out before ...
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Watch Your Wake

Every craft moving over water leaves a wake. It has two distinct sets of waves: one following the vessel and another spreading outward from its track. The mixture of these two forms your boat’s wake pattern, which varies with vessel ...
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Hurricane Preparation for Boaters

Hurricane preparation for boaters can help protect your boat during the predicted above-normal 2022 hurricane season. If you live in a hurricane-susceptible area, you need to create a hurricane plan for your boat. First, ask your marina about its hurricane ...
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Man Overboard Rescue Kit

If someone falls in the water, having a man overboard rescue kit on your boat can aid in your rescue attempts.Your man overboard kit should containstand-up pole with flagwhistlesignal mirrorstrobe lightattached life ring, andsignal flashlight.You should learn and, if possible, ...
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Have the right fire extinguisher for your vessel.

New Fire Extinguisher Regulations

Beginning April 20, new U.S. Coast Guard regulations change extinguisher expiration dates and the minimum classification of fire extinguishers carried aboard newer boats. Learn more about the new U.S. Coast Guard regulation. The new regulation puts a 12-year expiration on ...
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Learn first aid

Make a First-Aid Kit

Make your own first-aid kit Since medical attention is seldom close by when on the water, you should have a marine first-aid kit that is well stocked, up-to-date and at the ready. Stock it with the supplies needed to treat ...
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Keep Your Marine Fuel Tanks Full

We’ve all heard it’s a good idea to keep our marine fuel tanks full, but do you know the reason why? A large quantity of fuel in your marine fuel tanks act as a heat sink, which means the fuel ...
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E15 Waiver Increases Fueling Risk

The Biden administration’s April 12th move to give a waiver from the Clean Air Act to allow the sale of gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) during the summer months is intended to lower costs and stretch the nation’s fuel supply ...
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The Houston STAR Report to District 21

Sometimes writing an article is hard, I don’t know why, and sometimes it's just fun. This one is just plain fun. Oh, and it's about the Houston Star Report for 2021. The Houston STAR Report is an annual report prepared ...
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Paddle Smarts

“Paddlers do not think of themselves as boaters.”– A Boater’s Guide to the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats by the U.S. Coast Guardby Jim Greenhalgh Because they don’t consider themselves boaters, few paddlers, rowers, and other human-powered vessel operators take ...
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Leave No Trace and the Houston Squadron

The Leave No Trace organization accomplishes its mission by providing innovative education, skills, research and science to help people care for the outdoors. By working with the public and those managing public lands, Leave No Trace focuses on educating people ...
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Boating with Social Distancing

In this time of COVID-19 and social distancing, boaters still need to have educational opportunities and know what it means to be safe on the water. This includes new challenges that have been presented at this time. America's Boating Club ...
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The New Boating Season

Thoughts on How to Get Prepared The Boating Season is Upon Us Everyone is ready to get back on-the-water and enjoy your particular recreational sport or activity. To get started, think about what you need; from inspecting your trailer to ...
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Promote Ocean Literacy from Home!

The Houston Squadron has a long association with the Houston Maritime Museum. The Museum is happy to forward the newly released 4th Parent Survival Series to all of us from NAMEPA, their partner in maritime environmental education.Let’s strive for success ...
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Our COVID-19 Response

As the world works out its best response to this global pandemic, America's Boating Club Houston has had to also make some decisions. We are cancelling and / or postponing in-person events until further notice. This includes all classes, meetings, ...
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Always Say Yes

A Lesson in How to Have Fun Over a year ago, a small group in the Houston Squadron were discussing a trip to the British Virgin Islands.  It was one of those “sounds like fun, but it will cost too ...
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Offshore Fishing with a Twist

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon Let’s talk about offshore fishing, with a little twist on the topic. Apparently offshore fishing is fun! More especially it’s fun with light winds, moderate wave action, a stable boat, and fish that are biting ...
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See and Be Seen On the Water with MMSI

Why MMSI? Any boater could face a sudden situation caused by a fire, collision, capsize, sinking boat or medical emergency. With a registered VHF radio using MMSI, your emergency situation is immediately transmitted with critical data to the US Coast ...
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Brunswick Platinum Award for Outstanding Efforts in Boater’s Safety

Texas Marine is great, and the proof is right there in the trophy case!   Over the last five years, Texas Marine and the US Sail and Power Squadron Houston have teamed up to provide more than a hundred Boaters the ...
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So You Think You Can Kayak, Part 3

Part 3 of 3 Personal Protection – Save Your Life with a PFD First is Fit.  Not physically, but that helps.  The fit of your PFD.  No surprise, we are all different in shapes and sizes.  So go to the ...
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