Outdoors

It’s time to go boating – if you’re educated about safety on the water

The Memorial Day holiday weekend traditionally kicks off summer boating season. Above, staff with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources launch a boat in 2014 on Jordan Lake.
The Memorial Day holiday weekend traditionally kicks off summer boating season. Above, staff with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources launch a boat in 2014 on Jordan Lake. rwillett@newsobserver.com

National Safe Boating Week, promoting boating safety and the use of life jackets, runs through Friday, and the Memorial Day holiday weekend traditionally kicks off summer boating season.

But if you’re planning to drive a boat this summer, you may need a safe-boating course.

“It gives you the hours necessary in the state of North Carolina for young people to get their permits to be able to operate a vessel (including personal watercraft),” said Steve McElroy, an instructor with the Capital City Flotilla 9-10 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. “Plus, for adults who take the class, most – and that’s most, not all – insurance companies will give a discount on premiums.”

State law requires anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, to complete a safety course before operating a vessel powered by a 10-horsepower or greater motor, according to an N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission release.

Boaters can take the auxiliary’s About Boating Safely course 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 3 at the Falls Lake office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 11405 Falls of Neuse Road, Wake Forest. The cost is $35. To register to attend, call McElroy at 919-614-6192.

“They can prepay or pay at door,” McElroy said. “But if they’ll register at this number, we can get an idea of who’s coming.”

Cary Flotilla 9-11 will offer the course 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 24 and July 29 at Bond Park in Cary. For information and to register, contact Ron Sanders at cgaux911pe@bellsouth.net or 919-781-5917.

Find more classes at www.cgaux.org.

Find wildlife commission classes at www.ncwildlife.org/boating.

Update: The web domain www.eastwakeconcealcarry.com is back with its rightful owner.

And concealed carry pistol instructor Ed Stone of Pistol Safety Academy in Wendell shares a lesson that cost the small-business owner $700.

“Stay on top of your domain name. Stay on top of your webmaster. Contact everyone through good networking,” said Stone, who lost his web address in April when his registration through web host GoDaddy.com expired and an opportunistic buyer grabbed it.

Stone had purchased a replacement, but that address caused confusion and enrollment dropped 80 percent, he said Tuesday. When he received word the buyer was willing to sell “for a reasonable price,” he said, he forked over $700.

“In the end, it will be worth it,” he said.

Call Stone at 919-427-4424 by Friday to register for Saturday’s concealed carry class.

Books: The Boone and Crockett Club, the wildlife and habitat organization founded by Theodore Roosevelt, is selling surplus books, some dating to the 1800s. The deadline for ordering is Friday. Call 406-542-1888, or go to www.boone-crockett.org.

Deer hunting: The last of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s nine public forums on white-tailed deer management take place over the next week in Graham, Dublin, Williamston, New Bern and Rocky Mount. Go to www.ncwildlife.org.

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