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A noble ending for old boats

APRIL 30 — The National Association of Boating Law Administratorsthis summer is planning to stage a series of collisions using donated boats to help accident investigators better understand collision dynamics.

In order to obtain the boats that will be used in the collisions, the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is assisting NASBLA in collecting donations, a news release says. The groups are looking for a variety of trailerable vessels, including small cabin cruisers, bass boats, open runabouts and PWC, that are in operating condition. Boat, motor and trailer certification of legal assignment will be required.

The non-profit program, funded by a grant from the Coast Guard, will begin in September in Virginia, the release states. After the staged collisions are performed, the vessels will be transported to the National Transportation Safety Board’s TrainingAcademy in Ashburn, Va., where they will be examined during NASBLA boating accident investigation training.

Boat owners interested in donating a vessel should call NASBLA at (859) 225-9487.

Jason Fell