Saturday, January 01, 2005

USCG Auxiliary Asks America's Boaters to Make Two New Year's Resolutions

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is asking boaters to make a pair of New Year's resolutions. "The first of these is simple and is the most important thing you can do on a boat that may save lives," says Dean Payne, Commander of Flotilla 37, which serves the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

(PRWEB) December 27, 2004 -- That first resolution is "I promise never to get underway before everyone onboard has on a properly fastened lifejacket."

Statistics prove that those on a boat are eight times more likely to live and be rescued if they fall overboard and have on a lifejacket compared to those that are not wearing a personal flotation device.

Payne says the second resolution is also simple and can save time, embarassment and money. It is a pledge to get a free courtesy vessel examination in 2005.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary does free vessel examinations to insure boats are in compliance with all federal and state regulations. "This could save you money as some insurance companies will give you a discount on your insurance if your boat has passed a Vessel Safety Check," explains Payne.

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