Peconic Bay Power Squadron will hold a New York State safe boating course for ages 10 to 19 Saturdays, Jan. 11 through Feb. 8 at noon at Mattituck-Laurel Library in Mattituck.
Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Jan. 11, the first day of class. The fee is $10, payable to Peconic Bay Power Squadron.
Call the library at 298-4134.
Southold Free Library will host a two-day New York State Boating Safety course Monday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The course, led by John Scourakis, is suitable for ages 10 and over and will cover such topics as boat handling, navigation, marine radio and other legal and safety requirements. A fee of $35 is due at registration. Students will be eligible to receive a boating safety certificate at the end of the course.
To register, call the library at 765-2077.
CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Sea Tow has a loaner life vest station at Founders Landing in Southold.
Sea Tow has launched its national Life Jacket Loaner Station program for the 2013 summer season.
The program allows boaters to borrow life jackets while they’re out on the water, on the condition the vests eventually be returned.
The program was made possible by a $20,000 donation from the beverage distributor Clare Rose, Inc., of Yaphank, and American brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, of St. Louis.
“We are honored to be aligned with Clare Rose, a like-minded, local family-run business, and with Anheuser-Busch, which has been the industry leader in promoting alcohol responsibility on and off the water for the past 30 years,” said Sea Tow Founder and CEO, Captain Joe Frohnhoefer in a statement. “We want to do what we can to help reduce preventable accidents and have a safer 2013 season.”
The Southold-based company, celebrating 30 years in business, also offers free boating safety and information services to the public, including the Sea Tow App for smartphones and Sea Tow’s Automated Radio Check Service.
Life jackets are available at the following locations on the North Fork:
- Mitchell Park Marina, Greenport
- Gull Pond, Greenport
- Founders Landing, Southold
- Strong’s Marina, Mattituck
- Treasure Cove Marina, Riverhead
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | State lawmakers have approved a boat safety bill of their own.
A state boating safety bill awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature would supercede the Suffolk County legislation set to take effect in the fall.
First District State Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), who supported the measure, said he anticipates the governor’s approval.
“When you have counties involved already on a very high profile matter that’s got peoples’ attention, I’d expect the governor to sign it,” the senator said. “You don’t throw a person the keys to a car without lessons. Educating people on boating safety makes good sense.
The bill says that six months after its approval all boat operators younger than 18 must take boating safety classes and obtain a safety certificate.
Within a year anyone over 18 who is not a registered boat owner must secure a safety certificate before operating a vessell. After two years all boaters must be certified. Penalties for first offenders would range from $100 to $250.
The Suffolk County bill requires resident boaters to attend safety classes and pass a test before obtaining a required boating safety certificate. Non-county residents would not need a certificate before taking to the water.
Mr. LaValle said it is not clear if the courses offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary in anticipation of the county law taking effect would satisfy the state requirement.