Here’s 10 Cape May NJ New Year’s resolutions to make you a better and safer Boater for the New Year.
1. Take a boating safety course. All power boaters and sailboaters will need the NJ safe boating certification by June 1, 2009. If you were born in 1949 or later, you must have this certificate by June 1, 2008. If you have 100 or more hours of power boating experience, there is a test out option. Go to NJsafeboating.com for all the information and course availablility.
2. If you trailer your boat, know NJ’s trailering laws and learn what you need to do to stay safe on the highway. Check out BoatUS.com/trailerlaws
3. Lend a hand to your fellow boater by sharing your knowledge and participating in the discussions taking place on the online message boards athttp://my.BoatUS.com/forum.
4. If you live in the hurricane belt, make a hurricane plan for your boat and your club by visitinghttp://www.BoatUS.com/hurricanes You’ll find a free, downloadable hurricane preparation worksheet, guide and sample marina and club hurricane plans.
5. Brush up on the waterway rules of the road by viewing animated depictions of boats avoiding collisions, safely passing each other, and operating in narrow channels at the “Toolbox” athttp://www.BoatUS.com/foundation/toolbox
6. If you are a female boater or angler, consider attending a women-only boating, sailing or fishing seminar in 2008. Visit www.BoatUS.com/women for more information.
7. Learn the key legal differences between on-the-water towing services and salvage operations. It could save you a lot of aggravation and money.
8. Register your Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radio and take a free online tutorial athttp://www.BoatUS.com/mmsi
9. Get informed about how you can help stop the spread of invasive species by going tohttp://www.BoatUS.com/InvasiveSpecies
10. Make sure you sign up for the free BoatU.S. National Recall Alert Registry athttp://www.BoatAmerica.org/recall. Boat builders will contact you in case a safety defect is discovered that affects your boat.