Sea Tow touts success of life-jacket program - Trade Only Today

Sea Tow touts success of life-jacket program

Publish date:

The Sea Tow Foundation announced that funding for its Life Jacket Program for 2011 allowed for 2,901 life jackets to be purchased from Revere Supply Co. and distributed to Sea Tow captains in 36 locations in 14 states across the country in preparation for the 2011 boating season.

The Sea Tow captains who participated in the program reported that at least 11,066 boaters were able to use the life jackets in 2011. This means each life jacket was used by at least three people, and many of the PFDs are still in use today.

As in previous years, boaters were encouraged to borrow these “loaner” life jackets at no cost and to return them at the end of the day so they would be available for others to use.

“While it is impossible to know for certain how many lives are saved by boaters wearing life jackets each year, just knowing that more than 11,000 boaters who needed a life jacket were able to borrow one from the Sea Tow Foundation Program last year makes all the hard work and planning worth it,” Sea Tow Foundation executive director Gail Kulp said in a statement.

“Each year, the program has built on the efforts we’ve made in the previous year, and we are happy that in just three years we’ve been able to increase life jacket wear by a significant number of ‘at-risk’ boaters,” she added.


E-nnovation Lab to expand at 2018 Metstrade show

The growing demand for hybrid and electric engines is becoming more apparent within the leisure marine market, prompting Metstrade to introduce the E-nnovation Lab platform for electric propulsion technology.

Aluminum, tow boats lead moderate growth in May

Boat registrations were up 2.1 percent in May in the main powerboat categories, and rose 3.2 percent in all categories, according to preliminary data from Statistical Surveys Inc., a Michigan company that tracks new boat registrations.

Retaliatory tariffs on boats to EU start today

The 25 percent tariff the EU announced Wednesday on U.S.-built boats kicks in today, and a 10 percent tariff on boats sold to Canada will start July 1, prompting boatbuilders to worry they will lose sales to those countries.