Accidents

Safety on the water is important to the marine industry, but accidents happen. Builders, dealers, boatyards and other marine businesses can learn from them.

Yacht sinks at launch in China

With luxury yacht builders trying to convince China’s nouveau riche to think bigger and splashier, the Sept. 29 launch of a luxury houseboat purported to cost more than $2.6 million (17 million renminbi) included speeches from a formal stage erected for the occasion. As the vessel, named SS Jiugang, was rolled into the Yellow River,…more

Capsized sailor stays with his $20 million boat

A French sailor refused to leave his $20 million sailboat after it capsized and spent 36 hours in the rough waters off Long Island, N.Y., until a tow arrived. Francis Joyon, a professional yachtsman, cast off from a marina in Brooklyn on Sunday evening, hoping to set a new record for the fastest-ever solo sail…more

Senate bill offers funding for Gulf Coast restoration

The Restore the Gulf Coast Act of 2011 was introduced last week in the Senate. This bill directs funding to the Gulf of Mexico region to help revitalize coastal communities and improve fisheries habitat and data collection, according to the American Sportfishing Association, which supports the measure. “The combination of the biological impacts and the…more

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Sea Tow reports increase in holiday weekend assistance

The number of marine assistance calls to Sea Tow’s nationwide 24-hour dispatch center during Independence Day weekend increased by 32 percent from 2010, according to Sea Tow. The number of assistance calls dispatched for Trailer Care, the company’s roadside assistance program, increased by 58 percent from 2010. The most common request for on-water assistance was…more

Flooding creates largest Gulf dead zone

The Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic zone is predicted to be the largest ever recorded because of extreme flooding of the Mississippi River this spring, according to an annual forecast by a team of NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Louisiana State University and the University of Michigan. Scientists are predicting that the area…more

Fire damages boat-lift builder’s offices

Part of the building for boat-lift manufacturer Davit Master was damaged Wednesday night in a fire. The Pinellas Park, Fla., offices were affected, but a firewall prevented the two-alarm fire from spreading to the manufacturing area of the 12,000-square-foot building, Pinellas Park Fire Lt. Gary Berkheimer told the St. Petersburg Times. The cause of the…more

Group touts voluntary boater sobriety campaign

The Lake Havasu (Ariz.) Marine Association’s 2011 Designated Operator boating safety campaign complements the thinking of state legislators who are in the process of enacting tougher laws regulating intoxicated boat drivers, the association reports. Iowa and Michigan are joining the fight, with bills expected to be enacted this summer to lower the blood alcohol limit…more

Reporter wins Pulitzer for boat-sinking story

A New Jersey reporter was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing Monday for “The Wreck of The Lady Mary,” an investigation into the mysterious sinking in 2009 of a commercial fishing boat off the coast of Cape May. Amy Ellis Nutt’s story, which the Pulitzer board called “deeply probing,” was published in a 20-page…more

Michigan proposes tougher BUI law

Michigan lawmakers are the latest to be considering a bill that would lower the blood-alcohol threshold for boaters from .10 to .08. State Rep. Matt Lori drafted a similar proposal last year, but it did not come up for a vote. He has reintroduced similar legislation for this session. “We had an incident in my…more

Cause of San Diego capsize unclear

The captain of a boat that capsized Sunday in San Diego Bay, where a father and son drowned, said a gust of wind into the jib sail caused the vessel to overturn, but the builder says the boat was overloaded. The president of the Heart of Sailing Foundation, which offers short sailing trips for people…more

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