by Veronica Jeans May 12, 2017
Did you know:
Every boater needs to understand the risks of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs (BUI). It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. The Coast Guard also enforces a federal law that prohibits BUI. This law pertains to ALL boats (from canoes and rowboats to the largest ships) and includes foreign vessels that operate in U.S. waters, as well as U.S. vessels on the high seas.
No one thinks twice these days about drinking and driving – why should drinking and boating be any different?
Boating, fishing and other water sports are fun in their own right. Alcohol can turn a great day on the water into the tragedy of a lifetime.
Consider these alternatives to using alcohol while afloat:
Take along a variety of cool drinks, such as sodas, water, iced tea, lemonade or non-alcoholic beer.
Bring plenty of food and snacks.
Wear clothes that will help keep you and your passengers cool.
Plan to limit your trip to a reasonable time to avoid fatigue. Remember that it's common to become tired more quickly on the water.
If you want to make alcohol part of your day's entertainment, plan to have a party ashore at the dock, in a picnic area, at a boating club, or in your backyard. Choose a location where you'll have time between the fun and getting back into your car or boat.
If you dock somewhere for lunch or dinner and drink alcohol with your meal, wait a reasonable time (estimated at a minimum of an hour per drink) before operating your boat.
Having no alcohol while aboard is the safest way to enjoy the water intoxicated passengers are also at risk of injury and falls overboard.
Spread the word on the dangers of BUI. Many recreational boaters forget that a boat is a vehicle - and that safe operation is a legal and personal responsibility.
GBCA has already had a busy winter and spring, and the ra...
Coast Guard approved extinguishers required for boats are...
*ATTENTION ALL OFFSHORE RACERS & CRUISERS* Race Start...
Comments will be approved before showing up.
by Veronica Jeans July 15, 2017
Events every weekend - from July to September
July every Thursday Night - Rock the Dock - Kemah Boardwalk
July - Fireworks Friday - 9.30pm- Kemah Boardwalk
Every Sat from 9 - 1pm - Farmer's Market - Clearlake Shores
Salsa Sundays - Live Salsa music on the main stage all day! - Kemah Boardwalk
May 28 - Sept 5 - 27th Annual CCA State of Texas Anglers' Rodeo
by Veronica Jeans July 15, 2017
by Kelly Dees, July 2017
Fun Summer of Rum Races
GBCA members and guests are enjoying a fun summer of Rum Races. We have an average of 70 boats out sailing on the scheduled Saturday afternoons.
by Veronica Jeans June 16, 2017
Life Jackets are for Everyone
A life jacket (or Personal Flotation Device - PFD) is the single most important piece of equipment on your boat and the most important consideration should be size. More than two-thirds of all boating fatalities are drowning incidents and 90% of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket. So buy a life jacket that you will wear ... it could save your life.
Sign up to get the latest on sales, new releases and more …