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Boat trailer insurance mysteries revealed by BoatUS

If you get in an accident while trailering your boat, do you know which insurance policy will pay for repairs to the trailer? If it’s a simple accident with damage to the trailer only, it’s likely to be the trailer...

Squadron urges people to boat safely

By Red Wing Newsroom Minnesota’s Titanic as it is sometimes referred to, describes an event that occurred in July 1890 on the Mississippi. The vessel Sea Wing left Red Wing for a Sunday cruise to Lake City. On the...

Make boater safety your priority this spring and go wireless

Springtime boating is here and boat owners are pulling their vessels from storage and deciding on what new upgrades they should do this season before they set out on the first voyage. Will it be new electronics, a full...
Safety with Life Jacket

Have the right life jacket?

Today’s life jackets come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and materials. No matter which life jacket you choose, it should be U.S. Coast Guard approved and right for you, the water activity, and the water conditions you...

Navigation rules

The Navigation Rules for vessels establish actions for boaters to take to avoid a collision. The Navigation Rules are published by the U. S. Government Printing Office, and are available in any boating supply store. Every boat owner should...

Avoiding boat electrical mistakes

By Ed Sherman Problems in your boats electrical system can destroy your pride and joy. Be especially careful around these com­mon problem areas. In any given year, I inspect quite a few boats. These range from simple tenders...

Launch into spring

Here’s your spring fitting out safety checklist. Complete safety inspection of the engine, hull, and other systems should take, at most, an hour or two. Out of the Water Inspect and lubricate sea­cocks. Hoses and hose clamps (two at each...

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