###Contact: Dave White 315-312-3042 Photo Caption: New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White shows required and recommended items for safe and legal boating in New York waters aboard 2010 Discover Clean, Green and Safe Boating educational vessel. The vessel is visiting events and sites along New York's freshwater shoreline this summer, including the July 23-24 Skaneateles Boat Show. Photo: NY Sea Grant
Oswego, N.Y. - The 2010 edition of the new Clean & Safe Boat will be among the classic and antique boats at the July 23-25 Skaneateles Boat Show. The educational vessel is traveling New York's freshwater shoreline to educate new and novice boaters, and remind experienced boaters, about the gear required and recommended for safe and legal boating on NY waters in 2010. The "made in New York" 19-foot-long pontoon boat is equipped with four types of PFDs, safety flares, chartbook, paddle, green cleaning products and other gear all labeled. The bilge sock and fuel nozzle bib are two easily-used items to reduce or eliminate fuel spills. Those visiting the vessel at events this summer may qualify for a Boater's Bag with information on New York State boating regulations, the Clean Vessel Act, boat handling and navigation aids, US Power Squadron Float Plan, and the US Coast Guard Aids to Navigation System. Boaters who pledge to be clean, green and safe can spin a wheel for prizes such as a floating keychain, bilge sock, Nautical Seaway Trail Chartbook, and poncho. This "clean and green" boat is powered by two electric motors, has a generator and has a plug-in for shoreline recharge. It will be among the more than 80 boats on exhibit at the Skaneateles Boat Show on the north shore of Skaneateles Lake. Sponsors of the 2010 Discover Clean & Safe Boating vessel include Marathon Boat Group, the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York, Great Lakes Seaway Trail, Morgan Recreational Supply and Taylor Made Products. This Grumman aluminum pontoon boat comes direct from the Marathon Boat Group assembly line at Marathon, NY, for its education and information mission. It can be called a descendant of the engineering that created lightweight, stretch-formed aluminum aircraft use as carrier-based fighter planes during World War II. For more info on the 2010 Discover Clean & Safe Boating vessel, contact New York Sea Grant, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126, 315-312-3042.