Get Prepared!!! Operation Liveaboard

FWC News – FWC gears up for Operation Liveaboard

As you all know, I am not a rogue liveaboard.  I believe in personal responsibility and that most of our boating laws (not all mind you) are designed for safety and the public good.  Lights, fire extinguishers, etc. are really important and we should all be mindful.

With that in mind, watch out for those legal sweeps designed to make sure that you and your neighbors are following the law.  You should already be doing this stuff, but press releases such as this should act as timely reminders.

Calm seas,

Here is Boat US discussion of the Clean Boating Act Government Affairs

Congress Tackles Discharge Permits
BoatUS Magazine – July 2007
(press time early June – updated information at bottom)
Six years ago, a number of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to control the spread of aquatic nuisance species by mandating the treatment of ballast water in large commercial ships. As reported in March 2007 BoatUS Magazine, a fall 2006 decision by the 9th District Court has now required the EPA to develop an operational discharge permit for all vessels — recreational and commercial — in the United States, by Sept. 30, 2008. In the worst-case scenario, if they don’t implement a permit system by then, and nothing is done to change this decision, boaters could face citizen lawsuits as they operate their boats on or after Oct. 1, 2008.

Clean Boating Act – Please Read and Consider!


Court Ruling Poses Threat to Sailors:
Sailors need to act NOW to avoid
pending permit requirementsOver 18 million recreational boats – including yours – could soon be required to comply with a new permit system if Congress does not pass the Clean Boating Act of 2008 before September 30th. Due to a 2006 U.S. District Court decision, the federal Environmental Protection Agency is required to design and implement a discharge permit system for every vessel in the country before September 30, 2008. Current federal legislation, Senate Bill #2766 and House Bill #5949 “The Clean Boating Act” would reinstate a 35-year permit exemption for recreational boats.

The Liveaboard Report

Review of The Liveaboard Report: A Boat Dweller’s Guide to What Works and What Doesn’t by Charlie Wing | Boating, Fishing, and Camping in California on the Ocean, Bay, Delta, Lakes, and Rivers

Review of The Liveaboard Report: A Boat Dweller’s Guide to What Works and What Doesn’t by Charlie WingJune 13th, 2008 | Boating, Book Review

When bestselling author Charlie Wing decided to drop everything and chronicle his life living aboard a boat, millions took interest. While this is a terrific read when it comes to what you’ll need and what you’ll experience when living aboard, those looking for a more technical read will probably be disappointed. However, this is a great book, especially if you’re thinking about making that switch towards living life on the open waters.