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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.

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