WSJ Article re Coast Guard to Toughen Safety Rules

WSJ Article re Coast Guard to Toughen Safety Rules

Post by Russ Glindmeier, CF » Fri, 21 May 1999 04:00:00


This morning's Wall Street Journal contained a lengthy article about the
Coast Guard's concern over rising deaths and injuries from boating
accidents.  The Coast Guard is considering toughening safety standards for
recreational water sports.  The Coast Guard is expected to unveil its
initiatives over the next several months.

The article states that consumer spending on boats and marine equipment was
$19 billion last year, up 70% since 1993.  Americans own 16.8 million
recreational boats and 74.8 million people participate in recreational
boating.  Accidents have risen by a third over the last five years.
Initiatives mentioned include:

1.  A crackdown on *** use on boats.

2.  Changes in PWC design that will provide for better steering and stopping
control and padded handlebars.

3.  New life jacket designs that are effective but comfortable.

4.  Considering requiring all operators and passengers in boats as much as
20 feet long to wear life jackets.

The article also mentioned that the last time the Coast Guard suggested
mandatory life jacket wearing, there were a flood of complaints.  A general
resistance to governmental regulation of boating was acknowledged.

Russ

 
 
 

WSJ Article re Coast Guard to Toughen Safety Rules

Post by H Kraus » Fri, 21 May 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> This morning's Wall Street Journal contained a lengthy article about the
> Coast Guard's concern over rising deaths and injuries from boating
> accidents.  The Coast Guard is considering toughening safety standards for
> recreational water sports.  The Coast Guard is expected to unveil its
> initiatives over the next several months.

> The article states that consumer spending on boats and marine equipment was
> $19 billion last year, up 70% since 1993.  Americans own 16.8 million
> recreational boats and 74.8 million people participate in recreational
> boating.  Accidents have risen by a third over the last five years.
> Initiatives mentioned include:

> 1.  A crackdown on *** use on boats.

> 2.  Changes in PWC design that will provide for better steering and stopping
> control and padded handlebars.

> 3.  New life jacket designs that are effective but comfortable.

> 4.  Considering requiring all operators and passengers in boats as much as
> 20 feet long to wear life jackets.

> The article also mentioned that the last time the Coast Guard suggested
> mandatory life jacket wearing, there were a flood of complaints.  A general
> resistance to governmental regulation of boating was acknowledged.

> Russ

It all sounds good to me. If the CG requires me to wear a PFD on smaller
boats, I will.
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WSJ Article re Coast Guard to Toughen Safety Rules

Post by Curtis CC » Fri, 21 May 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
> It all sounds good to me. If the CG requires me to wear a PFD on
smaller
> boats, I will.

If it's such a good idea, why would you wait until the Coast Guard
requires it?

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WSJ Article re Coast Guard to Toughen Safety Rules

Post by H Kraus » Fri, 21 May 1999 04:00:00

Quote:



> > It all sounds good to me. If the CG requires me to wear a PFD on
> smaller
> > boats, I will.

> If it's such a good idea, why would you wait until the Coast Guard
> requires it?

Because it isn't required and I haven't had the time to investigate
which kind of PFD I'd want to wear under such conditions. Because a lot
of the time I am out anchored or drift fishing in the summer heat, and
most of today's PFD's would make me uncomfortable. Because their colors
clash with my eyes. And, of course, because I am not on a PWC.
 
 
 

WSJ Article re Coast Guard to Toughen Safety Rules

Post by Larry KN4 » Fri, 21 May 1999 04:00:00

I'm wondering when CG bureaucrats are going to get around to giving
the stamp of approval on AUTOMATIC-inflating CO2 PFDs??  They've been
out and in use for years and years....  The only ones approved are the
manual ones that will kill you if you are unconcious and can't pull
the handle.  Silly, isn't it?

Larry

On Thu, 20 May 1999 12:13:33 -0400, H Krause

Quote:




>> > It all sounds good to me. If the CG requires me to wear a PFD on
>> smaller
>> > boats, I will.

>> If it's such a good idea, why would you wait until the Coast Guard
>> requires it?

>Because it isn't required and I haven't had the time to investigate
>which kind of PFD I'd want to wear under such conditions. Because a lot
>of the time I am out anchored or drift fishing in the summer heat, and
>most of today's PFD's would make me uncomfortable. Because their colors
>clash with my eyes. And, of course, because I am not on a PWC.

 
 
 

WSJ Article re Coast Guard to Toughen Safety Rules

Post by Jef » Sat, 22 May 1999 04:00:00



Quote:

>I'm wondering when CG bureaucrats are going to get around to giving
>the stamp of approval on AUTOMATIC-inflating CO2 PFDs??  They've been
>out and in use for years and years....  The only ones approved are the
>manual ones that will kill you if you are unconcious and can't pull
>the handle.  Silly, isn't it?

>Larry

Probably after they start monitoring DSC ch 70 off of NC coast.

Jeff

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WSJ Article re Coast Guard to Toughen Safety Rules

Post by Larry KN4 » Sat, 22 May 1999 04:00:00

Quote:



>>I'm wondering when CG bureaucrats are going to get around to giving
>>the stamp of approval on AUTOMATIC-inflating CO2 PFDs??  They've been
>>out and in use for years and years....  The only ones approved are the
>>manual ones that will kill you if you are unconcious and can't pull
>>the handle.  Silly, isn't it?

>>Larry

>Probably after they start monitoring DSC ch 70 off of NC coast.

>Jeff

They can't even monitor Ch 70 DSC in Charleston, either.  I've tested
mine with some ship captains on containerships and freighters, here.
They can't find many boats/ships to fool with the new toys for
testing.  My Icom M59 is primitive but works really neat on DSC....

Larry....too bad it only stores ONE DSC number for calling....nuts.