The Cape & Islands Harbormasters Association is dedicated to the efficient operation, environmental protection and safety of our harbors and embayments through coordination and training.

The collective job of Harbormasters is BIG

Statistics gathered on recreational boating alone reflect the collective responsibility of Harbormasters

  • The Massachusetts Waterfront Massachusetts has 1500 miles of saltwater coastline.
  • Roughly 45 percent of Massachusetts' 10,555 square miles are in the saltwater coastal zone.
  • Nearly 5 million Massachusetts residents, three-quarters of the state's population, live within 10 miles of the ocean. In addition, the state's boaters have access to nearly 1200 fresh and saltwater ramps and public access points to the state's countless freshwater lakes, streams and ponds.
  • There are over 186,000 registered and Coast Guard documented boats in the State of Massachusetts.
  • On any given high-season weekday, between 56,000 to 90,000 Massachusetts residents go boating on the state's waterways.
  • On an average high-season weekend, the numbers of boaters enjoying recreational boating jumps to between 130,000 to 195,000.
  • Massachusetts boaters' annual spending on new boats, engines, trailers, and accessories. $192,917,000
  • Total estimated combined spending attributable to the recreational boating experience in Massachusetts = $1,700,000,000

Source document Mass Marine Trades Assoc.

Coast Guard: Boaters, Kayakers, Paddlers Should Exercise Extra Caution

"A fall into cold water ... will cause you to gasp and hyperventilate ... Without a life jacket on you’ll gasp underwater ..."

By Bea Karnes (Patch Staff) Updated November 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

With winter approaching, boaters, fishermen and paddlers ought to take safety precautions while out on Bay Area waters, Coast Guard officials said Wednesday.

As temperatures are expected to decrease during the winter months, those planning a trip on the water are advised to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, officials said.

“A fall into cold water, like we have in the Bay Area, will cause you to gasp and hyperventilate, just like a cold shower or jumping into a very cold pool,” Coast Guard recreational boating safety specialist Paul Newman said in a statement. “Without a life jacket on you’ll gasp underwater, possibly inhaling up to a quart of water in the first five seconds. This is when most people drown. A life jacket lets you float so you can catch your breath and survive,” Newman said.

A few safety tips from the Coast Guard include leaving a float plan with a trusted person and having a working marine-band radio or GPS on board.

Mariners are reminded to listen to VHF-FM channel 16 in an emergency.

Boaters are also advised to be aware of their surroundings, such as staying updated on the weather and water conditions and to know their location, Coast Guard officials said.

People are also advised to be responsible by not boating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the Coast Guard.

--Bay City News

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