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As Labor day approaches and summer winds down I thought I'd take some time to talk about jet skis and safety. I think many residents on the lake have or use jet skis. It is usually what I hear most, “This jet ski did this. That jet ski did that.”
While the thrill of a jet skiing comes from speeding across the water, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it responsibly. Jet skiers have responsibilities to other water users – as a well as themselves – to ride in a safe and sensible manner. It’s important to know how to stay safe and how to behave with respect to other users when sharing the water.
The following realbuzz.com guide therefore aims to give you a few safety tips as well as the low-down on jet skiing rules and etiquette – which will ensure you operate your jet ski in the correct manner and stay safe while you enjoy yourself!. (I'm not picking on you jet skiers but the jet ski is usually the craft that incurs the most accidents and gets the most complaints.)
Right of way
Boats and other vessels always have the right of way – so when you’re approaching an oncoming craft, stay to the right. Also, if you are about to cross paths with another boat or jet ski, the craft on the right side has the right of way. (Our lake has a traffic pattern so please know it and follow it especially when there others on the lake.)
You should always be on the lookout for traffic on the water. It’s best to know where other boats are and where they’re heading before you make a turn or cross a wake. Sadly, collisions are the most common type of accident when jet skiing – so take particular attention to what other craft are around you and where they are going.
Wave or wake jumping
If your course takes you across the wake of another craft, make sure that the craft does not obstruct both your own visibility and your visibility to others. Larger boats may not see you, and may not be able to get out of your way in time to avoid a collision. Stay a safe distance from other craft, 100 feet or more. Never follow a boat towing closer than 300 feet.
Speed limits are usually set by local regulations or by-laws, so follow the limits, (50mph) whether they are posted or not. It is your responsibility to know the local speed limit, and failure to keep to it could end up with you facing a fine – or worse still, being involved in an accident. In congested areas it might be wise to lower your speed accordingly, just as you would if you were driving a car. (Always observe the no wake buoys. I think some think this doesn't apply to them but it does. Please slow down in the coves!)
Wear the proper safety equipment
Wear an approved life jacket and eye protection to prevent water spray from obscuring your vision. Tennis shoes or deck shoes and gloves offer better control of your machine, while a wet suit provides protection from the elements. A whistle attached to your life jacket can be used to summon help in the event of an emergency situation.
Never operate your jet ski without the safety lanyard attached to you, as the lanyard will immediately cut the jet ski's engine if you fall from the craft. This safety feature can help to prevent bad accidents – so always use it!
Be conscious of the noise your craft makes. The best way to avoid noise complaints is to avoid operating at high speed near to the shoreline, waterfront properties and other boaters. You should also reduce noise early in the morning. In addition, always start the jet ski engine in the water, and warm up the engine before you set off.
It shouldn’t need saying, but don’t spill fuel, oil or leave litter or other pollutants where they don’t belong. Also, don’t operate your jet ski close to wildlife or aquatic vegetation. This will minimize the impact your craft has on nature, as well as spare the craft’s machinery from unnecessary damage.
Other water enthusiasts
Jet skiers must share the waterways with boats, fisherman, swimmers, surfers, and water skiers. You should keep your distance and respect their rights to safety, access and use of the water.
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Lets face it, jet skis are frowned upon amongst cottage owners and many boaters out there. Primarily due to the ignorance and lack of respect riders show there fellow water sport enthusiasts. By following these simple basic guidelines "for starters" we can all enjoy the stress free waters.
Whether solo or with a passenger, jet skis are a great form of summer fun on the water. It's important to operate jet skis safely and to always be considerate of others on or near the water. (Emphasize these guidelines to your guests as well. Remember if you allow guests yo use you jet skis you are still responsible. I think many of the complaints are about guest who do not know the lake rules and basic safety guidelines.)
SLOW NO WAKE EQUALS 5MPH
It seems every year the biggest complaint I hear is excessive speed in No Wake Zones. On our lake all the coves are no wake once you pass the buoy. I realize the signage on the buoys are not up to par but they denote the start of the no wake zone. So when entering and leaving the coves all watercraft should travel about 5 mph. I realize jet skis don't have as big a wake as other boats but the point is not so much the wake but the speed. Many people swim off of the docks so keep an eye out for swimmers and since boats don't have brakes it is important not to speed. Also please do not use the buoys as pylons for a game of dodgem. All residents must join together to enforce this rule so be polite and courteous when reminding one another.
This is my midsummer safety reminder to follow all lake rules. So take time to read over the safety rules for boating and make sure all your guests and relatives are aware of the rules as well. Safe boating everyone and enjoy the rest of the summer.
June 14th is Flag Day
The History Of Flag Day
The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.
On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.
Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as 'Flag Day', and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.
Two weeks later on May 8th, the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution unanimously endorsed the action of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames. As a result of the resolution, Dr. Edward Brooks, then Superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia, directed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence Square. School children were assembled, each carrying a small Flag, and patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.
In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises. On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association, the first general public school children's celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.
Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: "I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."
Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
Boating Season is Underway
Finally we have a little nice weather and my phone has been ringing off the hook with people wanting the gate code so they can get their boats out. Seems like it's been a long time coming. The lake temp is still on the chilly side (56 Degrees) but it won't be long and we'll be pulling out the old swim suit. I've noticed that some of the younger more hearty have already been up on their boards.
When launching your boat don't forget to remove all restraining straps and put in the drain plug. It's also a good idea to make sure it starts before un-hooking from the trailer. Also now's the time to make sure to run a safety inventory. here... Before starting the engine make sure the engine compartment is well ventilated. There are some submerged rocks just to the east of the ramp so be sure to back well away of the shore before turning east. Finally make sure to lock the gate and return the key as you leave.
Have a fun boating season and please make safety your number one priority!
We are lucky to have such a nice bike and walking trail around the lake. I've put up this video because now I have that ability and also because it makes allot of sense. I hope you enjoy.
Jan 30th, 2013
I'd like to welcome the new residents to the lake that have moved in this past year or are planning on moving in this summer. If you are planning on putting a boat on the water this season make sure it meets the guidelines in the covenants or give me a call and we can discuss it. Once you have the boat we need to get a lake registration number for it and then I can get you a sticker for the boat and access instructions for the boat ramp.
Once again I want to stress safety. It only takes one careless person to spoil boating for everyone. Before boating this season, take time to review the “Lake rules” in the covenants and to read the safety guidelines on our website. If you're under 26 and want to operate a jet ski or boat you must pass a boaters safety course, this is a state requirement. You can take this course at any age and I encourage everyone to do so. There will be some offered in April; there is a link on the safety page that will take you to the listings.
The Home Owners assoc. is the owner of the gas pump. This means we are responsible for the liability and maintenance of the pumping station. So I'd like to put forth some info concerning the use of the gas dock some of which you may or may not be aware:
Thanks for reading this letter and remember “THINK” “BE COURTEOUS”