Get Plugged In

SEATTLE – With boating season upon us, one item that is often overlooked is boat plugs. Many pleasure craft have taken on water and sunk as a result of not being plugged correctly or even plugged at all. Before getting underway, conduct a thorough check of your vessel to make sure you have the proper safety equipment and that everything is in place.

Get Your Boat Checked Before Heading Out: The Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadron offer a free Vessel Safety Check. Common problems found are lack of personal flotation devices, lack of visual distress signals or inoperable navigational lights. For a complete list of what boaters should check prior to heading out, or to schedule a free vessel safety check, visit: http://www.vesselsafetycheck.org/

Boating Safety Classes: A variety of boating safety classes are available throughout the Pacific Northwest. These classes are provided through the Coast Guard Auxiliary in many locations. Visit the link below for a listing and description of available classes.
http://a130.uscgaux.info/dso-pe/index.htm

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