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Florida Keys Open to Visitors on June 1

The Florida Keys will open to visitors on June 1, after being closed for almost two months to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The checkpoints on the access roads in the upper Keys will be lifted; the roads had been blocked off since late March to anyone who did not live or work there. The Keys are a major cruising destination, for people cruising on the Great Loop and for people who simply want to enjoy some of the best boating, fishing, diving, and most exotic locales, in the continental United States. Marinas that had been closed are now scheduled…

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Parts of Erie Canal Set To Reopen by July 4

The New York State Canal Corporation just announced the schedule for reopening the locks on the historic – and much-travelled – Erie Canal and the system’s other canals in the state. The corporation said it planned to have most of the locks open by July 4, but some may not be open until much later. On its website, the corporation said, “Maintenance work that needs to be completed at specific canal facilities varies by location, and locks along the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca Canals will open for passage on a staggered fashion.” The locks had been scheduled to open…

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Charters Can Reopen in the U.S. Virgins on June 1

Good news: The U.S. Virgin Islands can open up their charter operations on June 1. The Virgins, of course, include some of the best cruising grounds around, with beautiful water, white-sand beaches, and great dive sites. And you’re still in the United States; no passport needed. Albert Ryan, Jr., the Governor of the U.S. Virgins, just issued an executive order spelling out the protocols for when and how the islands will reopen in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was his sixth executive order about the crisis. Reopening the charter business is good news for those of us who love…

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Three Separate Yacht Fires in Lauderdale; One Closes ICW

A 60-foot sportfishing boat caught fire Sunday afternoon just off Shooters Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, temporarily closing down the Intracoastal Waterway. Just a day before, two superyachts caught fire on the New River; about 100 firefighters were involved in extinguishing those fires. About 3:30 on Sunday afternoon, officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had just finished a traffic stop near Shooters when they saw smoke coming from the stern of a 60-foot fishing boat. They were able to rescue seven adults, two children and a dog on board just before the entire boat erupted in flames. (See…

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Social Distancing on Lake Travis, Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Travis County Sheriff’s Office is urging people to continue practicing safe social distancing when they go out. That includes social distancing on Lake Travis. Over the weekend, KXAN received several reports of dozens of people gathering on the lake in close proximity. Viewers sent in photos and videos of boats parked up against each other in Devil’s Cove. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says local stay at home orders only make the lake more of an attraction. A viewer sent KXAN these photos, taken on Sunday, overlooking Devil’s Cove on Lake Travis. “Clearly, it’s beautiful weather,”…

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Tiara Hits Reef off Norwalk, CT, Sinks. Police Save 2

A 2010 Tiara 3900 Sovran, on a delivery from Stuart, Florida, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, crashed into a reef off Norwalk, Connecticut, in five-foot seas recently and sank. Officers from the Norwalk Marine Police rescued the two men on board and brought them to shore safely. Greg Mahanna, 54, had just bought the boat, named Mach 3, in Stuart and was bringing it home to Portsmouth. An experienced boater, Mahanna is the former president of the Great Cove Boat Club on the Piscataqua River there. Also on board was Tom Raynor, 61, a delivery captain from York, Maine. The two…

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How To Leave a Dock in a Single-Engine Boat: Video

Docking a single-engine boat can be a challenge, as I know from my first-hand experience over many years with my Grand Banks 36. But here are some good tips, and a great video, from Motor Boat & Yachting, to help make it easier. Take a look: Single-engine craft are making a comeback, boosted by lower prices, reduced servicing costs and better fuel economy. However, manoeuvring a single-engine craft takes practice. The Marex 310 Sun Cruiser we borrowed from Wessex Marine for this demonstration has a single Volvo D6 sterndrive. It also has a bow thruster, so whilst it’s perfectly possible…

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Detailed Guide, Map, of What’s Open, State by State

Here’s an updated guide to what’s open for boating, state by state, from Discover Boating. Click on the link at the bottom of this story to find an interactive map showing all the states, and scroll down for a detailed list, state by state, spelling out what’s open there. Boating During COVID-19: Navigating Local Restrictions & Safe Social Distancing Boating safety is always—always—a critical consideration whenever you push off the dock, but with all the recent issues regarding COVID-19, many people are wondering if boating is considered a safe social distancing practice.  As boaters everywhere do their best to navigate these…

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Now Coast Guard Using Your Cell Phone To Find You

With a new i911 program, the Coast Guard now can use your cell phone to find you if you’re in distress – but only with your permission and only if you have your phone’s Location Services function turned on. The way it works is that if you call the Coast Guard in an emergency, they will ask for your cell phone number and then send you a text message authorizing them to use your phone’s GPS to find you. Your location, using the phone’s GPS information, will be displayed on a screen used by Coast Guard watchstanders. At that point,…

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Coast Guard Rescues 3 After Boat Sinks Off Georgia

The Coast Guard rescued three people after their boat sank 18 miles east of Cumberland Island, Georgia. It said that the crew on the 54-foot powerboat Bacchus did everything right, and that their actions led to a fast and safe rescue. The rescue started when Coast Guard watchstanders in the Charleston, South Carolina, command center heard a VHF distress call from the Bacchus at 8:18 a.m. on Saturday. The crew said the boat was taking on water and they were moving to a life raft. The crew also activated the boat’s EPIRB, transmitting their exact location. The Coast Guard diverted the…

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