Information and Resources to help you navigate Covid-19

We here at US Harbors are collecting all the information we can to help you through these strange times.

The situation around the country, and the world, is changing at a rapid rate. We endeavor to keep our information up to date and relevant. Please be aware that regulations do vary from state to state. You can find all our Covid-19 related news under this tag /covid-19

Is Boating a Safe Social Distancing Activity?

In most circumstances, boating is a safe activity in terms of limiting infection. Please be aware of the specific rules at the local marina or town boat ramp – getting into the water can be the most high risk part of the boating trip, depending on how busy the boat launch area is. Please also take into consideration who accompanies you on your boat. It is advised to limit boat passengers to those already in your household. Some states have a limit on the number of people allowed on a boat.

Once out on the water, maintain distance from other boats, and be extra vigilant of those in the water around you. Boaters, as a type, are generally very safety conscious, and that attitude is just as important now as it ever is. Every prevented accident is one less thing that our brave key workers have tackle – keeping the resources available to deal with the covid-19 pandemic.

More rules, tips and advice can be found here: Must-Know Rules for 2020 Summer Boating During COVID 19

Where Can I Go Boating?

 

What Boat Ramps are Open in My Area?

 

What events are still going on?

Many events have been cancelled to limit spread of the coronavirus. Some are able to transition to a virtual. online version of the event, and some are postponed till later in the year, or the following year altogether. We are still posting events on our site, however we encourage you to check directly with the organizer before attending. You can see all the events here: usharbors.com/event-listings/

Help for Coastal Businesses

We are posting updates from any and all coastal business, organization or local authority. If you want to get word out to boaters in your area, you can submit news for our weekly update here: usharbors.com/supporting-our-coastal-businesses/

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Boating 101: Spring Checklist

5/16/2022 by Editor

By John Page Williams. Hooray for spring! It’s time to get out on the water. But first, make sure your boat is ready to run smoothly, reliably, and safely. (And even if you have been fishing all winter, it’s a good time to check over your rig for an even… SEE MORE

Florida Red Tide Status Update for May 13, 2022

5/13/2022 by Editor

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Study Finds Cleaner Air Leads to More Atlantic Hurricanes

5/13/2022 by Editor

By Seth Borenstein. Cleaner air in United States and Europe is brewing more Atlantic hurricanes, a new U.S. government study found. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study links changes in regionalized air pollution across the globe to storm activity going both up and down. A 50% decrease in pollution particles and… SEE MORE

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Safety 101: What To Do If a Tree Falls On Your House During a Storm

5/11/2022 by Editor

By The Dekanski Home Selling Team. Do you know what you would do if a tree fell on your house? It’s okay if you don’t; no one likes to think about worst-case scenarios. However, thinking ahead and making plans can help you be as safe as possible in the unlikely… SEE MORE

Women on the Water: Kristen Frohnhoefer, President of Sea Tow

5/11/2022 by Editor

Kristen Frohnhoefer, President of Sea Tow joins Anastasia Fischer, President of US Harbors for our “Women on the Water” video series. As Kirsten says, she learned to bleed Sea Tow yellow at a young age. With more than 25 years of experience, she is a wealth of information when it… SEE MORE

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Boating and Water Safety 101

5/5/2022 by Editor

A few simple safety precautions can make all the difference on the water. In addition to checking the tides and weather you’ll encounter, read our tips below for a quick water safety refresh. Children and Inexperienced Swimmers Should Always Wear a Life Vest Be sure to choose a Coast Guard… SEE MORE

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Tips for Being Prepared in Advance of a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

5/1/2022 by Editor

The best time to prepare for a hurricane is before hurricane season begins. It is vital to understand your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind. Here is your checklist of things to do in advance of hurricane season. Know your zone: Do you live near the Gulf or Atlantic… SEE MORE

April 2022 - News from Our Coasts

4/27/2022 by Editor

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