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Ultimately this page will include information provided by members who have an important safety story to tell, as well as links to other published safety material of particular interest to vintage boaters. But we need your help. Tell us your stories and let us know the resources you have found helpful.

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Even When You Take Precautions, Accidents Can Sometimes Happen

On Saturday, July 20, during a Wine Country ACBS Chapter event on Keuka Lake (Hammondsport, NY), a 1955 Century Coronado exploded on the water.  One passenger was treated and released, while the other remains in the hospital with substantial burns on her legs and feet.  According to a friend, the accident occurred with the bilge…

Vessel Safety Checks

Safe Boating Week is May 18th through May 24th. For more information, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com Judy Hills, Roving ACBS reporter OK, I confess—for over ten years I was in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and was a flotilla commander for several of those years.  Thus, I am opinionated when it comes to boating safety.  When I…

Installing a Bilge Blower Makes Vintage Boats Safer

Safe Boating week is May 18th through May 24th. For more information, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com By Dick Werner & Brent Howard. As we are all well aware, we have that highly explosive liquid on board many of our old boats call gasoline. That liquid is very capable of vaporizing and releasing fumes. These fumes are heavier…

Boat Launch Check List to Save Boat and Ego

Safe Boating week is May 18th through May 24th. For more information, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com One of the take-aways from the ACBS Symposium delivered at the Sunnyland Boat Festival on March 23, 2018 was a laminated CHECK LIST FOR FIRST TIME OPERATION. This list was first compiled by Lou Rauh and is now shared by Brian…

Back Your Boat Trailer Like a Pro

Back Up Your Boat Trailer Like A Pro By Rich Armstrong, BoatUS. Magazine; August/September 2017 This article was reprinted with permission from BoatU.S. Magazine, the flagship publication of the Boat Owners Association of The United States. For the online editions, membership, insurance, and towing information, visit www.BoatUS.com     It requires teaching your brain some new habits, but…

A Crowded Lake Requires Extra Vigilance

By Dick Werner, I guess I get a little spoiled with our northern Idaho Lakes when, if we have over three boats within visual distance, we Northwest boaters figure it is getting pretty crowded. The several hours I spent on this gorgeous Missouri lake was a different experience. There was a definite need for a…

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

By Dick Werner Wait! Before you say, “Oh yeah, I learned all about that stuff back in grade school—don’t bore me with superfluous information,” give me a couple minutes of your time before you go on to the next article. It could save yours or someone else’s life. I’ll be short and to the point.…

Installing a Bilge Blower Makes Vintage Boats Safer

By Dick Werner & Brent Howard. As we are all well aware, we have that highly explosive liquid on board many of our old boats call gasoline. That liquid is very capable of vaporizing and releasing fumes. These fumes are heavier than air and will settle down in the bilge. Opening the hatch cover prior…

Engine Health – Fuses and Circuits

  Note: This is the third of several articles on marine engines written by Bill Hancock, a member of ACBS and the Sunnyland Chapter since 2007.    The simple and often-overlooked fuse is a device meant to protect the circuit from an electrical overload. It is unique in that it is one of the few…

Engine Health – Vacuum Gauge

Note: This is the second of several articles on marine engines written by Bill Hancock, a member of ACBS and the Sunnyland Chapter since 2007.  Engine Health 101-Vacuum Gauge Diagnostics   In this age of electronic diagnostic devices, one of the best devices to check your engine’s health is still the trusty old vacuum gauge.…