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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Flotilla 93
Lake Gaston, North Carolina/Virginia
9th Division, 5th District (South) 

 
PUBLIC EDUCATION

Boat America a NASBLA Course is an eight hour course covering the basics of boating and is appropriate for youth as well as the adult boater.  Successful completion of this course satisfies the education requirement for youth to operate a PWC in both Virginia and North Carolina.  Remember: Virginia now has a law that all boaters in the waters of Virginia will have to show proof of taking a Boating Course.   North Carolina Law  effective 1 Jan of 2014 requires that all PWC and Motor Boat Operators born  after 1 Jan 1988 will have proof of taking a Boating Course, if they are operating a vessel with with an 10 HP engine or greater. The fee for the course is $30.  Preregistration is required.   Courses are taught at the Longbridge VFD, located at 1678 EatonFerry Road, Littleton, NC 27850.  

Dates for 2021: BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ALL CLASSES ARE LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS 

  • MARCH 13
  • APRIL 10
  • MAY 15
  • JUNE 19
  • JULY 24
  • AUGUST 28
  • SEPTEMBER 11
  • OCTOBER 2

All classes are from 8:00am to 4:00pm, with the exam given at the end of class. Boating certification is good in Any State in the U.S.  Please bring your lunch - sodas, water, snacks available for purchase. - Preregistration and $30 Prepayment are required.

For more information on these Classes, or to Register, please contact the Flotilla at 252-537-9877 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We still have room for a few more members.   Join us for the Dutch treat dinner.  It will be our first get together since October 2019.  RSVP to either me or Wyatt Andrews.   6:00 PM

 

First, save the date!  Next meeting at Kennon House on THURSDAY May 27.  Restaurant is closed on Wednesday’s.  We need to get back to our routines.  If you are vaccinated and comfortable going out, hope you can join us.  6:00 PM and with the 50/50.

Second, on behalf of the LGA, May 8 is the next Shred Event.  More details: The LGA Jack D Saunders Community Shred Event is on Saturday May 8 from 10-1 PM at the RWVFD on Lizard Creek Road.   Same place as other years.  We all remember Jack as the long time treasurer for thE LGA and the LGWSC who started the event.  He was the fine gentleman always sitting in the lawn chair who accepted the donations.   Event is open to EVERYONE.  Donations gladly accepted.   Please bring your tax records and other confidential documents and watch as it is obliterated in the shred truck.

 

Emergency Cut Off Switch.  You are going to need to wear it after April 1, 2021.  This is a new USCG regulation and not optional on Lake Gaston.   Take the time to know. 

A little more of the backstory.  Thanks to NASBLA*, we learned ECOS was incorporated into the National Defense Bill of 2021.  On December 23, 2020, President Trump vetoed this bill.  Congress overrode his veto and it became law.   Buried in this law on page 2,814 is a section entitled "Engine Cutoff Switches, Use Requirements".  This section is part of Title 46 of the US Code.  It requires a mandatory wear requirement of the engine cut-off devices on all recreational crafts equipped and traveling above displacement speed.

If you Google HR 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, you can read the 2,000+ page act.

As previously stated this will be enforced by the USCG.  It's not totally clear what NC Wildlife will do (we've been told yes to enforcement) and Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources said no.  Stay tuned.

*Nasbla.org

 

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Memberships are $5.00 per person - $10.00 per family $10.00 per Business.