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000 NOUS41 KGYX 251915 PNSGYX PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME 315 PM EDT THU MAY 25 2017 ...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES TO OBSERVE MAY 20th THROUGH 26th AS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK... As discussed Saturday...cold water can allow for treacherous early season boating in Maine and New Hampshire. Each year we have tragedies in our cold North Atlantic waters. This is increasingly problematic when boaters assume conditions are safe during unseasonably mild spring days. Winds can rapidly increase...allowing rough seas to capsize small boats such canoes and kayaks. Here are some guides and tips recommended by safety experts for kayaks... * Always check the weather forecast before any voyage * Use 15 to 16 foot kayaks for open-water boating which have watertight floation chambers. The boats are more stable in wind and waves. * Use spray skirts that can keep water from washing into a boat and reduce stability. * Use a wet or a dry suit until the water temperatures reach 60 degrees. * Keep a waterproof vhf radio or a cell phone in a watertight case. * Have a signaling device on hand. * Always wear a life jacket. * Make note of any potential strong outgoing or incoming tidal currents...especially at half tide. * Keep names and phone numbers on the boat. $$ NNNN is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.