Seager Marine - CSI Industry Awards Recipient

Published August 22nd, 2019 by Laurali Deats

Seager Marine - CSI Industry Awards Recipient for outstanding customer satisfaction! 

New Boater Safety Laws for NY State - What You Need To Know

Published August 13th, 2019 by Laurali Deats

- 8/13/2019

Effective Jan 1, 2020 New York State will be rolling in new boating safety laws that will require all who operate a motorized watercraft to have completed a boating safety course by 2025. The legislation called "Brianna's Law", was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday to take effect at the start of the new year, intended for NYS boating laws to keep pace with the fast growing popularity of recreational boating in the state of New York. 

The following information was NYUP and the New York State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, who are tasked with supervising the  network of boater safety courses offered in NYS. 

  • What are the acceptable options for taking a boater safety course in New York? Cost?

The state gives boat operators two options: Taking a regular classroom course or an online course.

  • The in-classroom course option is designed as a comprehensive study of boating safety to teach the fundamentals of safe boating operation. The 8-hr course requires a structured classroom setting. Courses are available throughout the state. Find a course near you.
  • Registration for a course is completed by calling the contact number provided. Course providers are responsible for any fees they may charge. Fees paid to the instructor do not cover the cost of the permanent certificate issued by NYS Parks. Individuals ages 18 and above will be charged $10. There’s no charge for those ages 10 (the minimum age to drive a motorized craft in New York) to 17. New York State only issues a boating safety certificate to persons that have successfully completed a NYS classroom course.
  • Online Course Options: *Boating Safety Certificate course requirements can be completed with one of the online courses listed below. 

Please refer to the following DEC FAQ sheet for frequently asked questions regarding Online Boater Safety exams (

  • How will this new law be phased in?

    Currently, state law only required those born after May 1, 1996, to complete a boater safety course in order to drive a motor boat.

    The new law expands that requirement. Under the 5-year, phase-in plan, all motor boat operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1993 must complete a safety course to operate a motor boat beginning in 2020.

    Those born after Jan. 1, 1988 must complete a safety course beginning in 2022. Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1983 must complete a safety course beginning in 2023. Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1978 must complete a safety course beginning in 2024.

    The requirement would extend to all motor boat operators beginning in 2025, regardless of age. Failure to comply could result in a fine of between $100 and $250.

  • Can a boater use his or her boating safety course certificate obtained from another state to satisfy the requirements of this law?

    Yes, provided it was issued from your current state of residence, and the course was approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators. Look for the NASBLA logo on your certificate.

  • What if someone rents a boat from a marina? Will that person need to have taken a boating safety course beforehand and have a safety certificate in their possession before going out?

    No. If you are at least 18 years old, you may rent without completing a course. The livery should demonstrate how to properly use the boat before renting it, however. Persons under the age of 18 may only rent a motorboat if they hold a safety certificate.

Avalon Pontoon Boats: Lifetime Limited Warranty - 5 Year Bow To Stern

Published July 31st, 2019 by Laurali Deats

Although we find that Avalon Pontoon Boats   very rarely have issues in need of warranty work, the company offers one of the most comprehensive warranty packages in the Pontoon Boat industry! This warranty offered includes the Lifetime Limited* Structural Warranty and a 5 Year Limited* Transferable Bow to Stern Warranty: 


    • For noncommercial use, single engine equipped boats (5 Year limited* nontransferable structural warranty
      for non- commercial use, TWIN ENGINE EQUIPPED BOATS)

    • Includes 5 years of warranty labor.
    • This protects all other non-structural components on the boat against manufacturer defects.
    • Such as Upholstery Vinyl, Deck Coverings. 
    • Electronics and other non-Avalon manufactured components (5 Years Parts and Labor) 
    • $100 inspection fee plus $10/month for remaining life of original warranty applies 



Life Jacket Guide - What Kind Of Life Jacket Is Right For Me?

Published July 22nd, 2019 by Laurali Deats

Do you need a new life jacket, but don’t know where to start? Here is some information to help you pick the right jacket to keep you floating this summer. 


1.) Who Needs to Where A Life Jacket? 

  • Children under the age of 12 aboard a boat less than 65 feet in length, canoes, kayaks or rowboats unless in a totally enclosed cabin

  • Everyone being towed (wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, etc.)

  • Everyone aboard a boat less than 21 feet in length, including rowboats, canoes, and kayaks, while underway between November 1st and May 1st 

  • Everyone aboard a Personal WaterCraft (PWC)


2.) What Kind of Life Jacket Do I Need? 

  • This can vary from state to state, but here in In NY State, a wearable life jacket it required for every person aboard the boat. These life jackets must be: 

  • U. S. Coast Guard approved  

  • The proper size for the intended wearer 

  • In good and serviceable condition 

  • Properly stowed (readily accessible)


3.) Are There Different Types of Life Jackets? And Which Type Do I Need?

  • There are five different types of Life Jackets available, each with its own intended purpose. A type III Life Jacket is most common for water sports and recreational boating, but it is helpful to understand all five types and their intended purposes. 


  • Type I: Intended Use - When cruising, racing and fishing offshore , or when boating alone, or in stormy conditions. Best for open, rough or remote water where rescue may be slow to arrive. Will turn MOST unconscious wearers face-up in water. Offers the best protection, but is somewhat bulky and uncomfortable. Does the best job of retaining body heat, as it has additional foam and fabric, and keeps your head higher above water. Currently, there aren't any Coast Guard approved Type I inflatable PFD's available to the general public.

  • Type II: Intended Use - Inland day cruising, fishing and sailing. Good for boating in light craft. Good for protected, inland water near shore, where chances of immediate rescue is good. Not suitable for extended survival in rough water. Will turn SOME unconscious wearers face-up in water. Poor performer in rough water, often requires you to tread water in order to keep your head above water. More comfortable but less buoyant than Type I. Provides far less flotation than a Type I

  • Type III: Intended Use - Supervised activities, such as sailing regattas, dinghy races, water skiing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and during personal watercraft operation.Good for protected, inland water near shore, where chance of immediate rescue is good. (BEST FOR WATER SPORTS AND RECREATION!) 

  • Type IV: Throwable Device - Intended Use - A Type IV is designed to be thrown to an overboard victim or to supplement the buoyancy of a person overboard. It is not to be worn. A Type IV throwable device can be a square style, or a ring buoy or horseshoe buoy mounted on deck. A Type IV is not for unconscious persons, non-swimmers or children. Although these devices are often referred to as seat cushions, you should never use it as such. This degrades the foam and reduces the amount of floatation that is provided. NOTE - Type IV devices must be IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE for use. You must have one at arm's length to throw over the side in an emergency. Having one in a locker under the driver's seat isn't considered "immediately available."

  • Type V: Special use life jackets - Intended Use - Restricted to the special use for which each is designed, for example: sailboard harness, deck suit, paddling vest, commercial white water vest or float coats. Must be worn when underway to meet minimum US Coast Guard requirements. Simply having a Type V PFD on board will not meet the USCG carriage requirements.


4.) How Do I Know What Size Life Jacket I Need? 

  • If your life jacket fits properly, It will help keep your head above the water. Too big, and the life jacket will ride up around your face. Too small, it will not be able to keep your body afloat. To make sure that you choose the correct fitting life jacket for you, we recommend trying them on for size. When doing so, run through the following steps: 

  1. Check the manufacturer’s label to ensure that the life jacket is a proper fit for your size and weight. 

  2. Make sure the jacket is properly fastened. 

  3. Hold your arms straight up over your head.  

  4. Ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and gently pull up. 

  5. Make sure there is no excess room above the openings and that the jacket does not ride up over your chin or face.


For additional tips for how to stay safe on the water this summer, make sure to check out our Seager Marine blog post “Boat Safely in NY State” .


30 Years of Scout Boats

Published April 19th, 2019 by Laurali Deats

- April 19, 2019

Scout Boats is celebrating their 30th year of building American Marine excellence! To help celebrate this major landmark for the Boat Builders out of South Carolina, we would like to share some history on how Scout Boats has changed the Marine Industry over the past three decades. 

- In a news letter from Scout Boat dealers on April 18th: 

"1989...the year it all began.

Much has changed in the marine industry over the past three decades. And we're honored to have played a large role in creating a lot of that change. From industry-first innovations to award-winning designs, our Scout family continues to put big smiles on our customers all around the world.

In 30 years, we've become a global brand...a mainstay on the water...a company people are excited about being a part of, and we're just as excited to have you as a part of our growing family.

Thank you to all of you that have helped get us where we are today!" 

- Take a look at Scouts innovation timeline below, and get a sense of how marine innovations have been at the core of Scout since the beginning. 


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