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Powerboat racers injured in Key West race

Two offshore powerboat racers from New Jersey were injured Sunday on the final day of competition at the Key West World Championship, where three participants died during the event. Owner/driver Robert Vesper and throttleman Danny Crank were taken Sunday to Lower Keys Medical Center after their 38-foot Warpaint slammed into a wave during the last…more

National Safe Boating Council revamps its website

The National Safe Boating Council launched a redesign of the organization’s website. The new design concept was updated to reflect growing trends in the digital world. It’s now equipped with easier navigation and a daily newsfeed, so visitors to the site will experience a better way to learn more about what the council is doing…more

Crash kills powerboat racers at Key West event

Two racers were killed when their boat barrel-rolled and landed upside down in Wednesday’s opener of the Key West Super Boat World Championships. Big Thunder Marine owner/throttleman Bob Morgan of Sunrise Beach, Mo., and driver Jeffrey Tillman of Kaiser, Mo., were pronounced dead at Lower Keys Medical Center. Morgan was the owner of the Big…more

Grants will help remove debris from Long Island Sound

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently awarded two grants to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County to identify and remove more than 260,000 pounds of marine debris from Long Island Sound. The awards, totaling $254,282, will employ as many as 45 local lobstermen to identify and remove derelict fishing gear, reclaiming more than…more

New York pumpout program given national award

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corp.’s Clean Vessel Assistance Program recently received the State Organization for Boating Access national award for excellence. The national non-profit organization for the promotion of recreational boating presented the 2011 award at its annual National Boating Access Conference Sept. 26-29 in La Crosse, Wis. “New York is very deserving…more

Illinois boat club votes to accept female members

The Springfield (Ill.) Motor Boat Club now allows women to be members. Members of the private Lake Springfield club last week approved bylaws changes granting women full membership rights, the State Journal-Register newspaper reported. The vote reversed a prohibition against female members that had been in place since the club was formed in 1933, although…more

Boat donation program debuts website

Cars 4 Causes added a new website, Boats 4 Causes, for its boat donation program. The Boats 4 Causes program accepts used-boat donations and allows donors to designate a charity of their choice to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the boat. Operating as an informal division of Cars 4 Causes…more

Ohio Sea Grant hosts Midwest legislators

Ohio Sea Grant will host Legislative Days on Lake Erie today and Friday to give elected officials an opportunity to learn about issues affecting the Great Lakes and Ohio State University’s research to solve them. Officials will take a trip on one of Ohio Sea Grant’s research vessels to pull a fish trawl and discover…more

New product offered for disabled anglers

Epco Products Inc., a maker of stainless-steel bow and stern eyes, joined with Extreme Technologies to make and market its Fish’n Rail. The Fish’n Rail is a security and support railing system for boats that allows disabled and physically impaired anglers to enjoy fishing. Epco will make the Fish’n Rail at the company’s Fort Wayne,…more


Northeast cruising site offers trip planner

A new website was recently launched that will help the boating community plan trips and cruises between New York and Nantucket, Mass. The site — — will promote marinas, restaurants and other local businesses. The site includes information on port towns, such as where to stay, which restaurants to go to, children’s activities, beaches,…more

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