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  Maine Proposed Boating Safety Education Law

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 Join Waterway Watch -- The U.S. Coast Guard needs your help with Homeland Security in the marine environment.  That's why WATERWAY WATCH was established and 1-877-24 WATCH is the number to call when you see something suspicious on our waterways (Call 911 directly in the event of immediate threat or danger!).  In this post-attack atmosphere, we can no longer say, "That could never happen."  We don't know what can happen and what can't - even at a quiet marina or serene waterway.  Learn more about WATERWAY WATCH and how you can become part of the Operation Patriot Readiness III team by viewing this presentation. Click here to go to America's Waterway Watch website.

Click Here To view the America's Waterway Watch Informational Video
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Vessel Identification Stickers for Canoe, Kayak, Rowboat or Paddle Boards

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For more information and to request a sticker please click here.  This is a PDF 5 slide presentation.  Last slide has order information.

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Take My Flares, Please!

It is approaching that time when many Mainers start to think about putting their boats away for the winter. This is a good time to think about what to do with those expired pyrotechnic flares, which the Coast Guard requires to be replaced every 3 to 4 years.

Pyrotechnic flares are classified as hazardous waste, so you cannot dump them in the trash, shoot them off like fireworks, or fire them at sea (unless it’s an emergency!). So, what is a mariner to do?


The Maine’s Fire Marshal has a solution!

State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas encourages boaters to call his office at (207) 626-3870. His staff will collect and transport expired flares to an EPA-approved kiln that had been purchased to incinerate fireworks and other incendiary devices. This service is free to boaters.

The flares disposal program is a voluntary addition to the staff’s regular duties of investigation and enforcement, so it may take a week or two for the Fire Marshal’s office to work out arrangements to pick up the expired flares.

Those who have used this free service were impressed. Lifelong sailor Malcolm Poole, a board member of Friends of Casco Bay, comments, “Having the Fire Marshall’s office willing to offer this service is a great improvement over storing expired pyrotechnics at home. I found them accommodating and interested in safe disposal of expired flares.”

Recently expired Flares may be kept as backup and need not be disposed of!
*** As long as you do have the required nonexpired flares on board! ***

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  VHF/DSC Marine Radio Tutorial

FROM THE Boat U.S. Foundation's Website

Click Here For the Tutorial

Click Here for information on getting a MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity)

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Click Here  to find a Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla near you.

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  Maine and New Hampshire Auxiliary Flotilla Websites Links

  Click here to go to Bangor Flotilla 12's Website for Bangor and surrounding area.

Click here to go to Saco Bay Flotilla 24's Website for Biddeford, Saco and surrounding area.

Click here to go to Portsmouth Harbor Flotilla 28's Website for Portsmouth Harbor and surrounding area.

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