From The BoatU.S. Foundation
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions
To help boaters have even better boating experiences in 2006, the
BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water suggests these top
10 New Year's resolutions that will make your boating safer, cleaner, and
more rewarding for everyone aboard:
Don't let your loved ones be at the whim of spotty cell-phone
coverage — buy them a VHF radio. Handheld portable VHFs are affordable,
easy to carry, and don't require installation.
Save the alcohol for when you arrive safely back at the dock.Too
many boating fatalities each year are alcohol related.
Get the right-sized life jacket for a child. Kid's
lifejackets can be borrowed for free at over 350 Kids Life Jacket Loaner
Program locations across the U.S. — go to BoatUS.com/Foundation and click
on "Boating Safety Programs" for the location nearest you.
Give Mother Nature a break. Don't chase, harass, or feed
Leave no trace. When packing up your beach party at the
end of the day, pick up one or more extra pieces of trash that you find
and dispose of it properly.
Fuel up your boat without spilling a drop overboard this entire
season and contain engine-room drips and spills with bilge pads and socks.
The cumulative effects of a drop here and there add up.
Set up separate trash and recycling containers aboard. A
readily available disposal system helps everyone keep trash out of the
Give the ramp rookie a break. Be patient or
offer to spot for those who have little experience backing down — you were
once in their shoes, too.
Join a club that directly affects the body of water on which you
boat. Do something with the group that makes your waterway better, safer,
Make a donation to your favorite educational or
marine-conservation group. In doing so, you will make a positive
difference for every boater in 2006 and gain a great sense of personal
Happy New Year!
The BoatU.S Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national
501(c)(3) nonprofit education and research organization funded by
recreational boaters nationwide. For more information, visit