On Air: It’s Time to Think Boating
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U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.

Dave White, New York Sea Grant, Recreation and Tourism Specialist, P: 315-312- 3042, E: dgw9@cornell.edu

By Steve Penstone, Finger Lakes Daily News

Geneva, NY, Jan 27, 2021 - It’s the end of January and an Arctic air mass is headed our way for the weekend.

The perfect time to think about boating.

As heard on Finger Lakes Radio, New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White reminds us this is normally the time for the big boat shows.

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The time we have now as we continue the season of COVID is to be thinking about where we normally would be with boating at this time of year, which, going to boat shows, we start thinking about new product lines and start thinking about boat safety. We think about last summer and start thinking about the coming summer.

He says don’t despair because COVID has sunk the usual shows.

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Don't sit home and be sad, like, oh, there's no boat show. Make your own. Take the family out. The boat dealers would love to have you come in, look at new product, sit down, you know, get a feel for what's out there. Stop at two or three dealers. Stop and pick up takeout lunch at one of your favorite local places and support our local businesses.

Brianna’s Law requires recreational boat operators to have a boating safety certificate. The law is being phased in based on operator age, with everyone required to have a certificate by 2025.

You can get more information on boating safety and regulations here [https://parks.ny.gov/recreation/boating/education.aspx] and here [http://www.cgaux.org/boatinged/].

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More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, University at Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Elmsford and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

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