Over 70 Years Old, "Magenta Line" To Get a Safer Route With Help From Boaters
Photo Caption: The thin magenta colored line marking the Intracoastal Waterway is like a yellow brick road for boaters transiting the East and Gulf Coasts.'
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- It’s over 70 years old, a thin magenta-colored line appearing on over 50 different navigational charts covering the Atlantic Coast and Gulf, snaking along the route of the Intracoastal Waterway. Now, thanks to NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and a public-private partnership with Active Captain, an interactive cruising guidebook, NOAA will be updating the “magenta line” on all of its newly-issued navigational charts to help keep boaters in safe waters. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) submitted comments on the proposal to NOAA, who had initially proposed removing the line entirely. However, responding to BoatUS’ and other boaters’ comments, NOAA will tap into users of Active Captain to update the route in an on-going effort that will benefit the boating community.
“Some boaters had assumed the magenta line, which was last updated in 1935, was a precise route through safe waters,” said BoatUS Government Affairs Senior Program Coordinator David Kennedy. “However, over time the forces of nature made the line inaccurate as shoals shifted and underwater topography changed, leading some boats into shallows, over dangerous obstructions, or even into land. We thank NOAA for a change of course in keeping the magenta line, listening to boaters and coming up with a creative public-private partnership that recognizes the value of this important guide to navigation.”
The magenta line appears in charts covering all Intracoastal waters, and is essentially two distinct routes along the eastern US and Gulf Coasts totaling about 3,000 miles in length. Said Captain Shep Smith, chief of NOAA’s Coast Survey’s Marine Chart Division, “Today’s decision to reinstate the magenta line is not a quick fix. It will take at least three years to fix problems that were 70 years in the making.”
Boaters may contribute to the updating effort by joining Active Captain at www.activecaptain.com.
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits that include marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating.
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Four On the Water Boat Towing Service Captains Honored for Heroism
Photo Caption: (L to R) BoatUS Vice President Public Affairs Scott Croft, TowBoatUS Yonkers Captain Daniel Higgins, TowBoatUS Beaufort Captain Lee Sykes, BoatUS CEO Brian Wesselman
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CLEARWATER, Fla., – Last year, over 70,000 recreational boaters called BoatUS Towing Services for routine on the water assistance. Engine breakdowns, running out of gas or running aground were typical requests. However, the captains across the nation who helm the 600 red towboats of the TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist fleets are sometimes put in the center of life-threatening emergencies. The on the water boat towing service recently honored four of its towing captains for their life-saving efforts at a ceremony capping off the annual BoatUS Towing Services conference held in Clearwater Beach, FL.
The captains were honored with “Woody Pollack” awards, named after a well-respected towboat captain in the fleet who died at an early age. “Our guys are not in the rescue business, but their actions save others,” said BoatUS Vice President and Director of Towing Services Adam Wheeler. “We are very proud of them.” Here are the details on the incidents:
Captain George Farrell and Captain Daniel Higgins of TowBoatUS Yonkers, New York
It was a cold Sunday evening in January. Watching his single engine plane quickly fill up with icy water and unsure if he would survive, student pilot Christopher Smidt made two phone calls. The second was to 911. The first was to his wife, Karen.
“We crashed in the Hudson River and the plane is taking on water,” Smidt was quoted in a Yonkers Daily Voice. “Tell the kids I love them. I have to go.” After an engine failure and successful water landing, Smidt’s plane sat on the Hudson River, just 200 yards off shore of Yonkers, New York, and he instantly knew that any plans of swimming to safety would be impossible. At about the same time a 911 dispatcher was talking Smidt and his flight instructor into walking out on the wing of their sinking plane, a few miles away Captain George Farrell of TowBoatUS Yonkers got a phone call asking if his towboat was in the water and available to respond.
Farrell, a retired Yonkers Police detective told authorities that due to recent ice conditions it was hauled, and instead offered up a steel-hulled Hudson River Pilot Boat. Farrell was soon joined by TowBoatUS Captain and Yonkers Police Officer Danny Higgins, and his son, Danny Jr. Along with some additional off-duty officers, the small group raced to the marina to depart.
As the lines were lifted on the Pilot Boat and it headed out into the dark night with 32-degree water temperatures, Captain Farrell supervised deck and lookout positions. With everyone’s eyes peeled, the boat’s spotlight swept across the dark ice flows, and soon a shout was heard. It was Smidt.
In the swift ebb tide, Capt. Higgins deftly piloted the rescue boat to Smidt, who was safety brought aboard. However, the plane’s flight instructor was unresponsive at first, unable to grab the ring buoy when it was tossed to her. Rescuers were finally able to get her safely aboard as well, and both were rushed to the hospital. Smidt and his flight instructor were discharged the following day and fully recovered.
Captain Lee Sykes and Captain Grey Williams of TowBoatUS Beaufort, North Carolina
"I'm 42 years old and that's the most scared I have ever been in my life," said William Blandford in a WCTI News 12 interview.
The Greenville NC resident is describing the morning of a fishing trip last April, when just before 9:00AM while fishing with a co-worker 11-miles off the Beaufort inlet, Blandford’s 30-foot, twin outboard sportfish began to take on water. Without being able to pinpoint the leak, the men were soon in waist-deep in Atlantic seawater. “Out there by yourself, with a boat full of water, you really don’t think you are going to make it back,” said Blandford.
TowBoatUS Beaufort Dispatch center overheard Blandford’s VHF radio distress call and Captain Lee Sykes and Captain Grey Williams of TowBoatUS Beaufort immediately responded. Both TowBoatUS Beaufort and a 47-foot USCG motor lifeboat arrived at the stricken vessel just before 11:00AM.
Pumps were brought aboard. But it was too late. Filled with thousands of pounds of cold seawater, the sportfish rolled. Complicating matters was US Coast Guard rescuer who was swept overboard by a large wave. The young Coast Guardsman’s foot became entangled on dock lines, dragging him under with the sinking boat.
Captains Grey and Sykes rushed to help in the five-foot seas. In the rough water, Grey was able to cut the young man free – eventually cutting off his boot – to safely separate him from the tangle of dock line, while Sykes helped stabilize the wreckage and free the Coast Guard vessel. The Coast Guard took Blandford and his co-worker safely back to port.
New England Boat Show 2/22-3/2, 2014
Beat the Winter Blues at Region’s Largest Boat Show Featuring Hundreds of Boats and Accessories, Interactive Learning and Attractions for All Ages, Including “Wicked Tuna” Captain
Boston – Beginner boaters, skilled skippers and fun-seeking families searching for the best in boating and a day away from the woes of winter can look forward to summer at the 2014 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show. The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center will transform into a nine-day nautical paradise February 22 – March 2, with the newest boats, nautical gadgets and gear for sale. Marine enthusiasts can also enjoy a variety of interactive seminars and family entertainment including meet-and-greets with “Wicked Tuna” TV star, Captain Dave Carraro and a variety of educational clinics.
Highlights of the 2014 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show include:
Super Sales on Boats and Accessories for Every Budget and Lifestyle:
The Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show fills the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center with more than 800 new boats and the latest on-the-water accessories from the region’s leading dealers and manufacturers. Compare hundreds of boats from luxury cruisers and fishing boats to family runabouts and pontoons, plus shop deals on the latest marine gadgets and gear including navigation systems, fishing gear and water sports accessories. Many manufacturers will also be introducing their newest watercrafts, nautical equipment and onboard technology at the show for the first time.
Family Fun and Entertainment:
The Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show is making a big splash with family-friendly activities for skippers of all ages.
Special Appearance by Dave Carraro of National Geographic’s hit TV show “Wicked Tuna”: Visitors can meet Captain Dave, the fiercely competitive captain of the FV-Tuna.com. Head of the Gloucester Fishing Charters and Massachusetts resident, Captain Dave mans the three-crew member vessel, hauling in record-setting giant cod and tuna.
Friday, February 28: 1pm–3pm and 5pm–8pm
Saturday, March 1: 11am–1pm and 3pm–5pm
Sunday, March 2: Noon–2pm
SailFest: Sailing enthusiasts can peruse the latest in sailboats for all racing and cruising pleasure needs. Visitors are invited to climb aboard and explore sailboats from 8’ to 48’ feet. This year, SailFest features more cruising sailboats and related products, including sailmakers, sailboat hardware, cordage, marine electronics and rigging equipment. Daily seminars for beginner and advanced sailors are also available.
Boston Family Boat Building: Watch (and learn from) young boat builders as they construct a 10-foot skiff throughout the nine-day show. Students from local schools will use critical academic skills to cut each piece, create scale patterns and assemble the rowboat. The newly constructed vessel, and others like it, will be sold during the show to benefit the program.
All-New Miss GEICO Offshore Race Boat: Visitors canget up close with one of the fastest
44-foot speedsters as it takes a pit stop on its route to record setting championship race wins. The all-new and much lighter Miss GEICO Race Boat is a neon green catamaran made of carbon/kevlar and powered by 1075 Mercury racing engines equipped for reaching speeds of up to 170 mph.
Safer, Smarter and Better Boating with Hands-on Instruction and Practice:
Boaters and do-it-yourselfers can boost their knowledge and skills with more than 100 free seminars and informational clinics offering professional advice on how to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or motor. Advanced courses for experienced boaters are also available. Visit the show website for a complete schedule of educational offerings.
Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center: Visitors can watch, learn and do at Fred’s Shed, where certified marine technicians will provide practical advice. Free daily demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on clinics make Fred’s Shed a great boating resource, covering topics like keeping your boat ship shape, installing electronics and maintaining gas engines.
Welcome to the Water Center: For those looking to get off the dock and behind the helm, the Welcome to the Water Center straightforward answers to boating questions and advice on finding a boat that best fits anyone’s lifestyle. There’s also a showcase of power- and sailboats available for less than $250 per monthfor those boaters on a budget.
Old Charts of New England: Marine enthusiasts can take a glimpse into the region’s rich maritime history through historic charts and maps used in nautical navigation. Learn about the history behind the surveying of the U.S. coasts and the importance nautical charts played in the growth of the nation.
Show Information and Details:
The 2014 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show docks at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Saturday, February 22 – Sunday, March 2. Show hours: Saturdays 10am–8pm; Sunday, February 23 11am–6pm; Monday – Friday 1pm–9pm; Sunday, March 2 11am–5:30pm.
Admission to the New England Boat Show is $15 for adults and FREE for kids 15 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased online. Group discount tickets can be purchased by contacting Mary Steen at 617-472-1442 or email@example.com.
For tickets, show news, discounts and giveaways, visit NewEnglandBoatShow.com. Be a part of the New England Boat Show conversation on Twitter and Facebook.
About the Progressive® Insurance New England Boat Show®: The 60th annual Progressive® Insurance New England Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit www.nmma.org.
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57th Annual Colorado RV, Sports, Boat, & Travel Show
4655 Humboldt Street
Denver, CO 80216
The Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter of the ACBS will have a display of classic boats at The Colorado RV, Sports, Boat & Travel Show. It is the largest outdoor recreation show in the region and includes Colorado's largest display of RVs, boats, outdoor products, accessories, vacation spots, fun daily seminars, and much more.
Thursday, 27 February, 2014
12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Email: carrnut (a) msn.com
2014 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show
The 2014 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show and Sport Fishing Boat Show® is the largest sportsmen's show west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it's the Pacific Northwest's most anticipated annual event for outdoor adventurers and sportsmen of all ages. Experience big names, big brands and a big selection, all in one big location at the Portland Expo Center. If you hunt, fish or just love to play in the great outdoors, this is the big one and it's right here in our backyard for only five days! Find top-notch fishing, hunting and camping gear, guides and outfitters, taxidermy, information on lodges and resorts, boats, campers and tent trailers, ATV's, backpacking, optics, outdoor clothing, vacation packages and much more – all at special show pricing!
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, February 5, 6, 7 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, February 8 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 9 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2014 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show
Portland Expo Center
2060 N. Marine Drive
Portland, OR 97217
2014 Progressive® Insurance Baltimore Boat Show® Celebrates 60 Years with Best of Boating