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Buy a Fishing Boat for Your Purposes

October 5th, 2015

People purchase boats for different reasons. Some want a speed boat upon which they can fly across the water. Others want a sailboat for a leisurely day on the water. Still others desire a massive vessel they can use to entertain friends and family. When you are purchasing a boat, it only makes sense to determine its use before you pick it out. This helps ensure that you are buying the safest boat possible for your purposes.

If you are looking for your first fishing boat, you have several choices. Here are the types of boats you will see while shopping.


Most people do not consider kayaks when they are looking for a fishing boat. Too bad, because kayaks make great entry-level boats. A fishing kayak is pre-rigged especially for that purpose. With rod holders, storage compartments, and more: fishing kayaks are a great option. Keep in mind though, with a kayak, you will be limited to rivers, ponds, and small lakes.

Aluminum Boats

These lightweight boats are perfect choices for cabins and vacation homes. They are also good choices for anyone who wants to fish on calm waters. The price point of these boats is fairly low, making Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Safety Tips

Keeping Your Guests Safe This Season

October 2nd, 2015

Are you the house that everyone gravitates to during the holidays? If your house is the go-to for the best celebrations, it is up to you to make sure your guests are safe. Few of us think to run through our homes for potential dangers, but that is exactly what you should do. Follow these tips to be sure your house is ready for guests this season.

  1. If It Is Loose, Tighten It

Do you have loose railings that you have been ignoring? Is the handle on your door about to pop off? Now is the time to fix all of those little things that you have been putting off because you have just been too busy. Tighten loose railings, hammer down loose steps, and tuck away stray cords.

  1. Trip and Falls

Speaking of loose cords…are there things laying around that your guests could trip over? You shouldn’t have any cords running across your floors, and any loose rugs should be rolled up and put away. If there is something in your home that could cause a slip, trip or fall, be sure to either fix it or put it away.

  1. Unfriendly Fido

Your dog likes your friends and family…one Read more

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Boating During the Cold Weather

September 30th, 2015

As the temperatures begin to drop to more comfortable levels, we are reminded that winter will soon be upon us. While some boaters will pack it in for the season, others will brave the cold temperatures and head out on the water in hope for at least one more good haul. If you are planning on fishing during the cold weather months, there are some things that you need to consider in order to stay safe.

Buoys Will Change

The U.S. Coast Guard replaces aid-to-navigation buoys with ones that are more basic. Strong winter storms can damage buoys, and the smaller ones are less susceptible to damage. These buoys can be tricky to see in storms or low-light conditions. Be prepared to rely on your navigation system more than you do in the summer.

Float Plan

It is even more important to file a float plan when temperatures drop. You do not want to be stranded on the water when the air and water are colder than you are used to. Tell at least one person where you are going and how long you will be gone. Make an agreement that you will text that person as soon as you Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Safety Tips

Fifth-Grad Boy Rescues Children from Bus

September 28th, 2015

download (5)A fifth-grade boy from Florida heroically rescued three other school children who were trapped inside a partial submerged school bus near Tampa last week.

Officials say that the school bus was carrying 27 students form the Marcy E. Bryant Elementary School when it veered off the road and plunged into a shallow pond.

Nicholas Sierra, 10, member of the school’s safety patrol member, ran to the site of the accident and grabbed one student, a kindergartner, put her arms around his neck and then carried her to safety. Sierra then returned to the school bus and pulled out two additional students from the bus.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies then arrived on the scene and went into the bus to rescue the other 24 children on board the bus.

According to eyewitness accounts given to Hillsborough Sheriff’s deputies, the driver, Lenoir Sainfimin, 54, did attempt to push the brakes but the brakes failed, causing the school bus to go into the water after striking a tree. Sainfimin stayed with the bus until all of the 27 children who were placed in his charge aboard the bus were safely ashore. Deputies say that Sainfimin will not be charged.

No parent sends their Read more

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Autumn Safety and Your Home

September 28th, 2015

The crisp night air is moving in. Soon, cooler weather during the day will follow. As you put pumpkins on your stoop and skeletons on your entry door, it is time to take a closer look at your home. Fall brings with it specific safety dangers that you may not have considered. When you take the time to inspect your home, you make it safer for your family and guests.

Smoke Alarms

When was the last time you made sure your smoke alarm was in operational order? As fall and winter approach, we tend to plug more things into our walls than normal. This creates a higher risk of electrical fires. Make sure that your smoke alarm is ready to sound a warning should the need arise.


If you use your furnace closet to store items, or have items covering your vents, it is time to move them. Clothing, cardboard, paint products and anything else flammable should be stored safely for the winter. If it can catch on fire, it shouldn’t be near your furnace.

Space Heaters

If you plan to use space heaters, make sure you are doing so safely. Turn your heater off at night when Read more

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Great Apps for Boaters

September 25th, 2015

If you are like many, your mobile device controls your life. You use your smartphone to talk to friends and family, text the people you know, keep up with social media, and entertain you when you’ve got a few minutes to kill. As a boater, you can use your tech device for a multitude of things, all with the touch, or tap, of a finger.

Here are some of the best apps for the savvy boater:

  1. BoatUS Towing

Think you may need assistance in the water? This app give you 24/7 access to help. Should you need it, the app gives your GPS coordinates to the largest towing fleet on the water.

  1. Boat Essentials – USCG Safety Gear

Wonder what kind of safety gear you should stow on board? Take a look at this handy app. Simply choose the type of boating you will be doing and it will tell you which items are essential.

  1. Boaters Pocket Reference

From boating information to illustrations, this application is perfect for novice and experienced boaters alike. Charts and graphs are helpful, as are photographs and nautical calculators.

  1. WindGuru

Forget licking your finger and putting it in the air. This app will tell you Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Safety Tips

Maintaining Your Boat for Safety

September 23rd, 2015

No matter the size of your boat or how much you paid for it, keeping it properly maintained is one of the first keys to safety. Not only will maintenance keep your boat in working order, but routine maintenance will alert you to issues that need prompt attention.

Routine maintenance is fairly simple. While some repairs will obviously require the expertise of a marine mechanic, there is plenty that you can do on your own. With a little elbow grease, you can keep your boat running smooth and safe.

Wash It

You may think that because your boat is in the water frequently that you don’t need to wash it. On the contrary, salt can build up on your vessel, corroding metal and marring your gel coat. Your boat should be rinsed with water after every trip. Give your boat a good scrub down at least once a week with marine boatwash or car wash soap. A soft-bristled brush can help scrape away any salt that refuses to budge.

Change the Oil

Knowing how to change your boat’s oil can save you money. The good news is that it isn’t a difficult undertaking. Do it once and you will Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Safety Tips

Best Water Destinations for Fall Foliage

September 21st, 2015

As autumn approaches, you may be planning a road trip with the family. Taking scenic tours is a favorite way for many to see the beautiful colors of fall. But wait. Before you pack up the family and jump into the car, why not see the sights in an alternative fashion? Boating can offer access to scenery not viewed by the masses. Fall foliage reflecting off of the water is truly a sight to behold. Here are the top five waterways for anyone who wants to see fall foliage in a slightly different way.

Bar Harbor, Maine

New England is a popular destination for fall foliage seekers. If you don’t have your own boat, consider renting one from any one of the many rental and charter businesses in the area. Peak season runs from late September to the middle of October.

Lake Jocassee, South Carolina

Closer to home than the other destinations on this list, Lake Jocassee is accessible through Devils Fork State Park. The shoreline is undeveloped, making it a truly unique experience. Not only will you see the foliage on the trees, but the marsh grasses turn to hues of amber and gold come fall. Plan on visiting Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident

Your Car Is Not Your Dining Room

September 18th, 2015

You know that using your cell phone or mobile device in your car is distracting. You know that screaming children in the backseat can be not only distracting, but aggravating. But have you considered that eating in the car can also be distracting?

You are busy and your time is short. It’s often easier to make your coffee and take it on the road. You run through the drive thru for a quick breakfast and eat it on the way to work. Hold on a minute. Before you decide to eat your next meal in the car, consider this.

You Drip

You can be as careful as you want to be, but eating that cheeseburger is messy. Condiments drip out, lettuce falls, and onions cascade. The same can be said for tacos and other loosely-built foods. Few people can keep their eyes on the road as their sandwich drips onto their clean and pressed pants.

You Spill

Your coffee tips. Your pop explodes. Whatever it is, any liquid has the chance of spilling. Think about hot coffee in your lap or your soda landing on your laptop. Think you can keep driving in a straight line? Chances are slim. Read more

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Police Evasion Leads to Deaths

September 16th, 2015

download (62)Two young women are now dead after a tragic accident on Saturday involving a stolen vehicle that was attempting to evade authorities.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, they were notified of a stolen 2008 gold Kia Rio. The stolen vehicle was reported as travelling on Central Avenue. The stolen vehicle was  tracked via traffic cameras until officers were able make a traffic stop near the intersection of Ashley Road and Wilkinson Boulevard. However, the driver refused to pull over and attempted to evade police. The driver of the stolen Kia lost control and crashed the vehicle into a building.

Emergency crews pronounced Sarah Bianca Love, 22, dead at the scene of the crash. Jennifer Taggart, 17, along with the male driver, Kennith Marquis Goggins, 23, to Carolinas Medical Center to be treated for critical and serious injuries. Taggart later died as the result of injuries she sustained in the crash.

Goggins has been charged with felony death by vehicle, felony serious injury by vehicle, DWI, reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle and other related charges.

In life, not every choice a person makes is a good one. Sometimes making a choice can lead to tragic results that can get others Read more

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