On YouTube: Discover Better Boating - May 2013
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Boating in 2013: There’s An App for That!

NY’s Discover Better Boating Series Begins May 18


Dave White, New York Sea Grant, Recreation/Tourism Specialist, P: 315.312.3042, E: dgw9@cornell.edu

Barb Caster, Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York, P: 315-447-9286

Oswego, NY, May 15, 2013 - The Discover Better Boating in New York television series of monthly tips resumes May 18. Past topics have included fuel efficiency, boating safety, a how to buy or rent a boat, trailering, storage, US Coast Guard courtesy vessel examination, and boating destinations in NY. This month's topic is on technology's influence on the boating industry. In other words: boating apps for smartphones and other electronic devices.

"We all carry iPhones, iPads, tablets and other smartphones wherever we go and one of the great things about them is that we can get some important boating information from those devices while on-board," said New York Sea Grant's Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White.

"So, Today we’re going to look at a few apps to help prepare you for a day on the water, keep you safe, and have a great time boating."

"There are several hundred apps available for boaters including boating games for kids to get them prepared and having fun on the water as well."

"Many of us don't boat where we live, so one of the first things we want to do is check the weather. We can do that using the Boat Weather app."

"Now that we know the weather for the day, we can find out where we want to go by checking out boat ramps."

For all the details on the various boating apps that you can use while planning your day out on the water, check out the video clip below for more from NYSG's White.

More Info: Discover Better Boating

The Discover Better Boating in New York television series of monthly tips is a collaborative, educational outreach effort by New York Sea Grant, the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York (BIA) and YNN, Syracuse.

Series host Dave White, a coastal recreation and tourism specialist with New York Sea Grant, interviews marine industry professionals about how to enjoy New York’s waters cleanly, safely, cost-effectively, legally, and in environmentally-friendly ways.

The seasonal series began in 2011 as a result of Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign created by New York Sea Grant and BIA in 2008.

Shows air the third Saturday of the month from May through October. An archive of previous transcripts for individual "Discover Better Boating" segments, as well as video streaming, can be found via NYSG's "Great Lakes Boating & Marine Trades" resource site, www.nyseagrant.org/marina - click the "New/Topics" link in the left-hand sidebar and check out the "Discover Better Boating" sections on this page.

More Info: NYSG, BIA of Upstate New York, YNN

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG also offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/coastlines for NY Coastlines/Currents, its flagship publication, which is distributed several times a year.
The Boating Industries Association of Upstate NY is an association of independent marine dealers, retailers and marine-related businesses located throughout Central NY. The February Central NY Boat Show and Fall Boat Sale are annual BIA events at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Learn more: www.cnyboating.com.

YNN is one of thirteen 24-hour local news channels owned and operated by Time Warner Cable nationwide. Content is generated from seven regional newsrooms. The system has nearly 600,000 subscribers across a 25-county, 15,000 square mile area. YNN Syracuse telecasts one program feed to Central/Northern NY, one to the Southern Tier. Learn more: http://ynn.com.

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