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The Masthead
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ABYC’s First
Annual Boating
Safety Clinic
he American Boat and Yacht Council held its FIRST ANNUAL FREE BOAT-
ING SAFETY CLINIC at the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Saturday,
August 25, 2012, just one block from ABYC’s headquarters. A dozen boats
were checked in-water in the slips behind the museum over the course of 6
hours. The checks included electrical, fuel and ventilation, exhaust, equip-
ment and label areas by qualified marine surveyors who are also ABYC
members. The goal of the clinic is to both perform essential safety checks
according to the Standards as well as teach the boat owner how and what
to check on their boat on an annual basis. Results found in the checklist,
and those found in a full marine survey, can save a boat owner time and
money. Some of the common items found included: battery positive termi-
nals not protected, chafing fuel lines, leaking exhaust elbows, non-
functioning navigation lights and missing CO warning labels.
Boating safety was not only present on the docks, but continued inside the
museum as well where silent auction proceeds of more than $2,000 was
raised and where vendors gathered to promote their mission. On-site ven-
dors included The National Safe Boating Council, USCG Auxiliary, BoatU.S.,
and the Annapolis Fire Boat, just to name a few. John Greviskis of Ship
Shape TV was also on-site recording video for future show tapings. “We
would have liked to have seen more boat traffic, but considering the after-
noon thunderstorms, we were glad to have provided the priceless service to
the owners we met,” said Nina Ullrich who helped coordinate the
event. “The checks are a great way to tell more people about ABYC and its
life-saving mission.”
ABYC has already set the date for next season’s FREE BOAT CHECKS: Satur-
day May 4, 2013 at Port Annapolis Marina, thanks to Port Annapolis and
Southbound Rigging. ABYC has the capability of hosting these FREE BOAT
CHECKS in multiple cities/markets! Do you know of a marina, boat yard, or
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