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/

High Tide Flood Outlook — June 2024

By US Harbors. Coastal flooding in June predicted for Hawaii and Gulf, but other areas may be spared. The coastal United States is getting a bit of a reprieve from predicted high tide flooding this June, except for a couple of areas on the continental U.S. (see below) and Hawaii’s Big… SEE HARBORS THAT MAY FLOOD

Health & Safety Filter

Passaic River, New Jersey. Contamination is found in sediment from the Dundee Dam to the mouth of the river, throughout Newark Bay, and other portions of the New York/New Jersey Harbor. (Credit: NOAA)

Restoration for Fish, Wildlife, and Communities Coming to Seven Polluted Waterways

6/10/2024

By oceanservice.noaa.gov. Good news for a new year! In 2023, NOAA and partners helped to recover over $92.8 million from polluters to restore seven waterways in six states following oil spill and industrial pollution incidents. These restoration efforts will benefit fish, wildlife, and disadvantaged communities disproportionately impacted by pollution. NOAA… SEE MORE

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Red Flags To Look Out For When Renting Paddling Gear (Plus Safety Tips)

6/1/2024

By Tom Gaffey. When you go paddling on vacation or are visiting a new aquatic location on a whim, then you need to find some paddling gear. Unless you bring an inflatable kayak or SUP board with you everywhere, then this means renting a paddling vessel and all the equipment… SEE MORE

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Emergency Cut-Off Switch Link Requirements and Options

5/29/2024

By boatingsafetymag.com. Whether you choose to use the hardwired switch installed by your manufacturer, or a wireless fob, always use your ECOS. For decades boat manufacturers have equipped boats with an emergency cut-off switch. The emergency cut-off switch lanyard, or ECOS-L, connects the engine ignition system to a life vest… SEE MORE

Image Credit: Boating Magazine

Boat Tool Bag Essentials: What Should You Have Inside?

5/22/2024

By inavx.com. And more importantly, do you know how to use it? Even the simplest boat with no electrical system has things which can break and ruin your weekend. And a complex boat with refrigeration, air conditioning, and an engine? There are a fair number of things which can go wrong.… SEE MORE

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Four Top Inflatable PFDs Tested

5/9/2024

By Randy Vance. Inflatable life jackets are lighter and more comfortable to wear. Learn how four of the top models performed during testing. Inflatable life jackets have crossed over from expensive professional gear to an affordable recreational necessity. With good reason. Not only are they cooler, lighter, and more comfortable… SEE MORE

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Cause Determined of 2023 Marlins II Fishing Vessel Fire

4/29/2024

By Carli Stewart. On the evening of March 9, 2023, a fire broke out on the fishing vessel Marlins II, docked at the Westport Marina in Westport, Wash. Despite the swift response from the South Beach Regional Fire Authority (SBRFA), the vessel sustained significant damage, estimated at $950,000. Fortunately, no… SEE MORE

NOAA national heat index tool. (Image credit: NOAA)

NOAA Announces National Heat Forecast Tool: HeatRisk

4/22/2024

By NOAA.  NOAA is expanding the availability of a new experimental heat tool called HeatRisk ahead of the hot summer months. A collaboration with NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HeatRisk provides information and guidance for those who are particularly vulnerable to… SEE MORE

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Protect Your Catch, Protect Your Crew: A Guide to Commercial Fishing Safety

4/9/2024

By Megan Waldrep. A fisherman’s personality generally equates to a sense of adventure, a love of the outdoors, and the drive to create new opportunities for wealth through strategy and well-gained knowledge. Part of that knowledge is having the tools to survive in an emergency. The safety of commercial fishermen… SEE MORE