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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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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.…

Engine Health – Find the Leak

    Note: This is the first of several articles on marine engines written by Bill Hancock, a member of ACBS and the Sunnyland Chapter since 2007.  Find the leak Recently one of our members thought he might have a leaky oil cooler. The question became; how do you test a cooler for a leak?…

What is the Hagerty-ACBS Safety Award?

ACBS has an active Awards Program aimed at: Furthering the goals of the Society. Encouraging its members and chapters to set ever higher standards and to constantly work toward those objectives. Recognizing outstanding achievement. The ACBS Awards Program at the International level has a variety of Awards that annually honor individuals, programs, and chapters.  Nominations…

Boat Launch Check List to Save Boat and Ego

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 Keen, President of Motor Boat Garage in Cincinnati, Ohio.  CHECK LIST FOR FIRST TIME…

How To Transport A Boat

Transporting a boat is a delicate operation. Whether we are talking a small vessel propelled by a single engine or a more sophisticated craft, you need to get everything right. by Chris Ward of A1 Auto Transport Preparation needs to start weeks in advance to make sure that everything goes smoothly. This is not the…

Float Plans

By Judy Hills, roving ACBS reporter Be truthful now, when is the last time you filed a float plan?  If you are saying to yourself, “What’s a float plan?” then perhaps a little education is in order. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary in their boating education course recommends that you “complete this plan before you…

$60,000 boat on a $200 Trailer – Couplers, Chains, Winch

$60,000 boat on a $200 Trailer – focus on Couplers, Chains, and Winch/Bow Supports – by Bill Nalle This article was first published in the Southwester Newsletter, editor Craig Stanfield, of the Southwest Chapter of ACBS.  Bill Nalle was awarded the 2017 ACBS-Hagerty Safety Award for the best published article on boating safety.  This is the third segment of the article.…