Boating Safety App Announced

Newest BOATING SAFETY CHECKLIST APP Educates Boaters and Helps Keep Them Safe

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The following press release came in this morning from ABYC headquarters. Check out the free APP. All apped out? go to the ABYC link shown below and order up your free paper copy.

Newest BOATING SAFETY CHECKLIST APP Educates Boaters and Helps Keep Them Safe

The newest iPhone app to hit the boating market has been released by the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC).  “Boat Essentials-USCG Safety Gear” is a FREE, simple checklist app perfect for the new or experienced boater, to help them identify the safety items required to have onboard.


As a result of a U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety Nonprofit Grant, the app was developed by Ken Cook Company.  It includes suggestions on other items that will make the boat safer and more comfortable.  It can be used on powered and non-powered boats that operate in the waters of the United States.

  • store information on up to 3 boats
  • file and save float plans
  • add boating contacts
  • receive maintenance guideline alerts
  • access supplies list
  • be reminded of important dates
  • available in paper form at

“This app embodies ‘Boating Safety Built In’ with everything you need listed right there at your fingertips.  Gone are the days of getting out on the water only to find your flares are expired,” said Brian Goodwin, ABYC Technical Director.

“We get so many calls asking, ‘What do I need on my boat?’ Since nearly everyone carries their cell phone with them everywhere they go, including out on the boat, an app is a great tool to get safety information into the hands of the boater,” said Vann Burgess, Senior RBS Specialist with the USCG.

About ABYC:
The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) was created in 1954 as a non-profit organization to develop safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats. The mission of ABYC is to improve boating safety and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities. Membership is recommended and rewarded.

About USCG:
The U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division (CG-5422) is dedicated to reducing loss of life, injuries, and property damage that occur on U.S. waterways by improving the knowledge, skills, and abilities of recreational boaters.