If We Really Wanted to Make Boating Safer, Where Would We Start?
Safety Moment, Cruising Club of America, June 2017
Safe boating in capable offshore sail and power boats is a mainstay of the Cruising Club of America. Through our Safety and Seamanship Committee, the Club disseminates information about safe vessel operation and also sponsors seminars and courses that encourage members (and non-members) to understand more about accident avoidance and safe boat operation.
One of the ways that our friends at the Coast Guard measure the overall state of boating safety is to compile accident data every year from the states and territories, and then summarize this information in an annual publication called Boating Statistics. This roughly 100-page document can be downloaded for free from the Office of Boating Safety at http://www.uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.php
Here are some points that I found interesting from the 2016 edition of Boating Statistics, which was published last week: