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We hope everyone has a great, safe weekend on the water. Please take a moment today to honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 
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Today marks the conclusion of #BoatSafeWeek, but we like to think of every week as Boating Safety Week. We hope you have enjoyed all the tips we've provided and like the format. Feel free to go back to our timeline and share anything you think others might find useful. Now, go out and have a great three day weekend and a safe summer!
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We're almost midway through #BoatSafeWeek and hope you like and share our tips. We enjoy hearing from you too, so feel free to drop us a comment.
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#QuestionOfTheWeek time.
We sometimes find ourselves in a channel or cove without a speed or no-wake sign posted. There are reasons to slow to a crawl which might not be obvious. Reasons like: boaters working on their boat, small boats you can’t see, vessels resting in their slip, or erosion of the shoreline.

It is imperative we slow down when close to shore or near other boats. Which of the following is the best true statement?
A. Slowing down always reduces the size of your wake.
B. If you don’t see anyone around, it’s ok to proceed at speed.
C. Assess the proximity of other vessels, make assumptions and choose your speed accordingly.
D. Assume a speed of no more than 6knots because it is generally the speed you make the smallest wake with.

Remember, you are responsible for any damage to property or person you cause because of your wake.

Leave your best guess in a comment below. If you are not too sure but want to see the correct answer tomorrow, like the comment and you will be updated.
Thanks for looking!

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5 things you should know about fire extinguishers for #SafeBoatWeek. Are your extinguishers still charged? 
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Safe Boating Week starts today! Every day this week we'll post some safe boating tips. Got any good boating meme to share with us for Safe Boating Week? #safeboatweek
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Time for our weekly question:
When going down the river, you may notice sailboats slipping along with you. Sailboats don’t always hold their course and sometimes make what seem like wild 90* turns just when you think you know their course. It is the responsibility of boats under power to leave sailboats with a wide berth so they can maneuver and maintain control of their vessel. When approaching a sailboat who doesn’t seem to hold a course and is making 90* turns in front of you, what is the best method to approach the situation.

A. Always pass behind a sailboat, never try to go in front of it. In addition, do not make assumptions about where a sailboat might be headed.
B. Reduce speed if necessary and give the sailboat plenty of room. It may be making 90* turns (tacking) in front of you.
C. Speed up and always go in front of a sailboat.
D. Sailboats are not constrained by draft like smaller powerboats so it is the duty of the skipper on the sailboat to hold a course even if they may be headed out of the channel and could run aground.

Do you know the best answer here? We are eager to hear your ideas on the question so leave a comment below. Like this post if you would like to be updated with the correct answer tomorrow. Thanks for checking out this week’s #QuestionOfTheWeek.

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An important thing to mention is that sailboats do not all have motors they can start to avoid a tight crossing situation. It is the responsibility of vessels under power to steer clear of a sailboat under sail unless the sailboat is overtaking from astern. Often sailors are paying close attention to the sails, sailing angle, depth and have their heads “in” the boat, especially solo sailors.

The key to safety in these situations is attentive skippers on both the power and sail boat. Sailors need to think two steps ahead so they can safely navigate a channel without excessively impeding other vessels. It can be difficult to do with little (or lots) wind and strong currents.

By now we are sure you want the correct answer. Each question has a bit of truth to it. A. Passing behind a sailboat is usually a good bet assuming you don’t put your own vessel in a compromised position. B. Reducing speed is almost always a good idea. By slowing down the skipper has more time to make critical decisions. C. Sometimes you may have to power out of a tight situation. D. Sailboats are usually constrained by draft as are large powerboats so draft constraints are something to keep in mind when assessing a crossing situation.
B is the best answer.

To sum this up, make your speed reasonable for the conditions and know that sailboats under sail are more susceptible to changes in wind, currents and waves than powerboats and must pilot a course accordingly.
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Check out these helpful tips that will help keep your boat afloat and stay on course for #BoatSafeWeek. Like and share if you think it will help others.
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Here are 4 helpful tips on how to properly fit a life jacket on a child for #SafeBoatWeek. And one additional thought; resist the urge to buy a life jacket your child will "grow" into. 
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For #SafeBoatWeek, 3 things you should know about signal flares. This week is a good time to check your expiration dates and don't forget to share this with your boating friends! 
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Happy Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day! #WearIt
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147 Old Solomons Island Rd #513USMDAnnapolis21401
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The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is an innovative leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. The Foundation provides educational outreach directly to boaters and supports partner organizations nationwide.
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