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The push to mandate locator beacons offshore

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council has adopted a resolution recommending that the Coast Guard move forward with a rule requiring pleasure boaters to carry an emergency locator beacon when they go more than 3 nautical miles offshore or, in the alternative, a VHF-DSC radio with integral or connected GPS when they venture out 3 to 20 nautical miles.

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Rescues aren’t cheap

A subcommittee of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council says the average cost of a Coast Guard search-and-rescue mission when a GPS signal gives the location of the victim is $150,000. That figure jumps to $240,000 without GPS.

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Into the breakers

When three factors conspire, it makes for a hell-ride through a notorious inlet

Hatteras Inlet in North Carolina is a proving ground for a Coast Guard boatswain's mate qualifying as a Motor Lifeboat coxswain.I grew up in Southern California, which is surely the most benign boating environment in the United States. Thanks to the region’s perfect weather, desert-like topography and a generally placid Pacific, the boating there usually ranges from serene to soporific.

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When the going gets rough

Safely operating a boat in difficult conditions is a matter of your mind-set, your skills and your boat

Chris Fertig and his two-man crew were nearly halfway through a 780-mile passage from New York to Bermuda when confused 8- to 10-foot seas forced them to call off their attempt to break the Bermuda Challenge powerboat record.

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4 rough-water tips

Chris Fertig broke the Bermuda Challenge record in a 37-foot center console.Small-boat expert Chris Fertig highlights four important areas to be aware of when running offshore or in rough water.

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