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  1. To All Interested Parties: This note will advise that the location has changed for the July meeting of the NJ Boat Regulation Commission scheduled for Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at 100 am. The meeting will take place in Sea Girt at the NJ Militia Museum meeting room, located on the grounds of the NJ State Police Training Academy. I have not seen an agenda for the meeting, but understand that there will be presentations to the Commission on powerboat noise control and on the placement of "slow/no wake" buoys in certain areas of Barnegat Bay. The Commission will continue its review of NJSA 12:7, the State's Marine Laws, and review comments received on proposed amendments to NJAC 13:61 et.seq., the administrative regulations governing boating in New Jersey. Please give this notice of change in location the widest possible distribution. Thank you. John H. Shanahan, Jr. Member, Boat Regulation Commission State of New Jersey Phone: 800-237-1708 For more information visit: www.SharkeyMarine.com

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    Bay Alert!!!

    Just a reminder to those that will be hitting they bay early this season. We obviously had a very cold winter this year. With that, the bay froze over and we need not forget when this happens, docks and pilings are pulled apart. So as a word of caution: Beware of alot floating pilings and wood this season. Especially after a good full moon high tide.
  4. Just a HUGE reminder to all boats that are Shrink Wrapped and are in the path of this winter storm, break out the brooms and push the snow off..... Many forget to do this and with all the weight of the snow could cause some damage to the wrap as well as the boat. That also goes for anyone the has the CoverIt portable garages. I have one of those as well, but in this case so far, the wind has been keeping up with blowing it all off. So far I see about 3 feet in my back yard, mostly due to the wind.




    To All NJ boaters and anyone that vacations in NEW JERSEY, We need your help on January 8th in Trenton, NJ for a meeting where they are pushing to pass a SPEED LIMIT on NJ's waterways. Here is a LINK for articles and letters in regards to this matter. http://pages.zdnet.com/sharkeymarine/sharkey/id30.html


    I have added a page to my site for the updates on this new law: SPEED UPDATES Latest update: 12-06-02

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    Safety test for state's boaters discussed at panel meeting Published in the Asbury Park Press 11/16/02By KIRK MOORE STAFF WRITERCAMDEN -- The possibility of requiring boat operators in New Jersey to pass a safety test -- regardless of their age or boating experience -- emerged as the main theme at a public hearing before an Assembly task force on boating safety. "There's no reason why mandatory licensing and education should not be required," said David Patnaude, president of the New Jersey Performance Powerboat Association, at yesterday's hearing. A proposal for 30 to 40 mph speed limits on coastal bays is misguided, because it may actually make it harder to safely maneuver high-performance speedboats, Patnaude told the panel of legislators meeting at Rutgers University here. Since state boating laws were last changed in 1996, safety education has been required for two classes of boat operators: Anyone riding personal watercraft and operators of motor boats who were born after Dec. 31, 1978.That age limit was a compromise with recreational boaters who have traditionally resisted licensing. Assemblyman Jeffrey W. Moran, R-Ocean - an avid boater himself - said that was a mistake by the Legislature."There are days I go out there (on Barnegat Bay) and I turn around and come back," he said.During debate on the 1996 legislation, Moran said he thought: "We're not talking about a 35-year-old guy with a 25-foot boat. And these are the guys who are running me down."To receive safe boating certification in New Jersey, operators must complete an eight-hour instructional course, including a 50-question examination that requires 70 percent of the questions to be answered correctly, said State Police Trooper Jeff Andrus."It is comprehensive," he said, but "it is critical that all of the course material is covered."State police are continuing an investigation of one private boat safety instruction firm that is suspected of letting its students slide on some of its course material.Mandatory safety certification for boaters of all ages is advocated by Rosemary Decker, whose husband, Thomas, was one of three fishermen killed when a 60-foot motor yacht ran over his 20-foot boat off Beach Haven in October 2000.Decker appeared at yesterday's hearing with Charles Hartley, 79, her husband's friend and sole survivor of the crash. Yacht owner Barry M. Flowers, 63, is serving a six-month jail term after pleading guilty in September."The captain (Flowers) of that boat was making a claim we crossed in front of him," Hartley told the panel. "No. We were there for almost a minute."Assemblyman Robert J. Smith, D-Gloucester, chairman of the task force, asked Hartley to describe contributing factors to the accident."Speed," Hartley replied. "And there was no one at the controls. I was hoping he would make a slight turn to the left, or a slight turn to the right, or pull back on the throttles. But nothing happened. He wasn't there. "Speed limits, as proposed by the state Boat Regulation Commission, would not have prevented that accident, nor the June 2002 capsizing of a performance boat off Sea Isle City that killed three brothers, said Patnaude, a Dover Township marine dealer and owner of a 37-foot performance boat.If the Legislature or boat commission propose rule changes, "they need to base it on facts," Patnaude said.And one fact to consider is the way performance boats ride at lower speeds, when their bows and long forward decks can rise up out of the water and make it hard for the helmsman to see what is in front of the boat, he warned."At 35 mph, the bow of my vessel has such an aggressive pitch that I would not be able to see over the bow if I wasn't 6 foot 7," Patnaude said.Any speed limit would be difficult for state police to enforce, because fiberglass boat hulls don't easily reflect police radar, Patnaude said, noting his club has experience trying to measure speeds at its own events. Commission Chairman Roger K. Brown of Brick suggested his group and the Assembly panel meet over the coming months to discuss how they might coordinate their ideas for changing boat laws.Despite the warnings of powerboaters, Moran said he thinks "we've got to talk about speed limits. Unless we get off the dime and do something, it's just going to get worse."Brown has said the commission is now more inclined to consider speed limits only for specific areas of coastal bays and rivers. But William deCamp Jr., president of the environmental group Save Barnegat Bay, urged a baywide 30 mph speed limit.Accident statistics alone 'don't really describe the situation because some people won't go out there."Fear has taken them off the water," deCamp said.


    We won part of the battle so far - but we still have a long way to go! We need to continue the fight against speed limits in the Metedeconk & Toms River waterways! Thanks again to everyone who submitted letters! Boating panel debating speed limits Published in the Asbury Park Press 11/14/02Seven-day summer limit of 30 mph being considered By TRACY ROBINSON and KIRK MOORESTAFF WRITERSA proposal to reduce boat speeds in specific inland waterways has critics arguing that regulators are either forcing boaters to pull the throttle back too far, or are not going far enough to set even slower limits. "We kind of backed down on regulating speed in all of the tidal waters," said Roger K. Brown, chairman of the state's Boat Regulation Commission yesterday. The commission is an advisory board to the state attorney general.Instead of the proposed blanket speed limit of 30 miles per hour on all tidal waterways during summer weekends, Brown said, changes could include setting a speed limit of 35 miles per hour only in congested areas such as the Toms and Metedeconk rivers. As on land, boat speeds can be enforced with radar. But critics note that State Police have discussed the difficulty of enforcing speed limits on the water. Brown expects such changes to be discussed at the commission's public meeting 10 a.m. Jan. 8, at New Jersey State Police headquarters in West Trenton.The changes are due to "very vigorous" opposition to the blanket speed limit at the Nov. 6 commission meeting at the Raritan Yacht Club in Perth Amboy, Brown said.Most of the approximately 30 people in attendance spoke out against such widespread speed limits, said commission member Gerald Nelson, 57, Long Branch. Boaters opposed to speed limits include Charles Amorosi, of the New Jersey Power Boat Performance Club. Amorosi, 59, a Dover Township resident who owns a 36-foot Spectre catamaran, says a 35 mph limit won't be appropriate for all power vessels.Amorosi echoes statements made by other boaters, that at slow speeds some high-performance boats can not get on a plane -- meaning their hulls won't be riding over the waves. At such speeds the bow of a performance boat may ride at a higher angle, blocking the captain's view ahead, he said.Brown contends that slower speeds and increased safety go hand in hand, yet club members contend that out of all the 2002 boating deaths, just four involved performance boats at excessive speeds: a May accident when a Hazlet man was ejected from his speedboat in Raritan Bay, and a June accident off Sea Isle City, where three brothers were killed when their high-speed catamaran flipped in heavy seas. On the other end of the spectrum is William deCamp Jr. of the environmental group Save Barnegat Bay.DeCamp's group has advocated the more strict, 30 mph speed limit seven days a week from May 1 to Oct. 31 on specific waterways."What is worth protecting on weekends must surely be worth protecting on weekdays as well," deCamp said.DeCamp made other arguments for week-long speed limits: reducing noise levels from boat engines, and less turbidity, the stirring of sediment by boat propellers.Currently, there are no speed limits in tidal waters except for in specific no-wake zones.Nelson said he doubts if the commission will get new regulations in place in time for this summer.Although Brown said the commission was not ramming any new regulations "down anybody's throat," he expects a vote on new restrictions by the 10 a.m. March 5, meeting at the National Guard Militia Museum Museum in Sea Girt.Before the restrictions can take effect, the commission must accept how it was drafted by the Attorney General's office and allow a 60-day public hearing period, he said.A call by some to require all recreational boaters be licensed or certified is not something the commission can impose, Brown said. That idea will be passed to state Sen. Andrew R. Ciesla, R-Ocean, he said. Licensing boat operators -- and boat speed limits -- is also high on the agenda of the state Assembly task force on boating safety, which has been discussing potential amendments to state boating laws.The task force will receive public comment at its meeting 2 p.m. tomorrow in Camden at the Rutgers University campus center.
  11. To All That This May Concern, I have enclosed a copy of an email I received from a writer for the Asbury Park Press newspaper in New Jersey. If you have an opinion of this new Speed Limit Law which will be imposed on us as early as the Spring of 2003 which will ban the speed of over 30 miles per hour "STATE WIDE" on "ALL NJ TIDAL WATERS", PLEASE LET IT BE KNOWN... The economic effect this law will have on our New Jersey businesses will be a tragedy. Our own NJ State Police even say that our current laws are working fine. So please contact Kirk Moore via phone or email to get your voices heard. Thank you, Monday, Nov. 11th, 2002 Dear Sharkey: I was searching the Web tonite and and saw your notes about this possible NJ speed limit. I write for the Asbury Park Press and will probably cover the next meeting of the state Legislature group on boat safety, which we hear we be around Nov. 14. If you or anyone else would like to comment on this please give me a call at 732 557-5728 or email at kmoore@appcom. Thanks - Kirk Moore Also, it wouldn't hurt to let these people know how you feel: Key New Jersey Representatives to contact (besides your local representatives) ASSEMBLYMAN JEFFREY W. MORAN (Republican-9TH District) Heading Assembly Panel On Safe Boating 620 W. Lacey Road Forked River, N.J. 08731 Phone Number: (609) 693-6700 Fax: 693-2469 Assemblyman Robert J. Smith, II (D) (Assistant Majority Whip) DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS: 110-F Greentree Road Turnersville, NJ 08012 PHONE NUMBER: (856) 232-6700 Assemblyman James W. Holzapfel ® DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS: 852 Highway 70 Brick, NJ 08724 PHONE NUMBER: (732) 840-9028 E-MAIL ADDRESS AsmHolzapfel@njleg.org Assemblyman Albio Sires (D)(Speaker) DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS: 303 58th Street, West New York, NJ 07093 PHONE NUMBER: (201) 854-0900 Tim Sharkey WWW.SHARKEYMARINE.COM


    Letter from NJPPC: In the last few letters from the club we've communicated that a small but powerful boating regulatory committee was attempting to establish a 30 MPH speed limit on all New Jersey tidal waters. We asked for letters from the NJPPC membership and other interested boaters. While I'm pleased to say that we delivered about 30 letters to the committee on Wednesday - we're going to need your continued help to fight the fight to preserve our favorite form of recreation. Nine NJPPC members and about 20 other concerned boaters attended the committee's public meeting on Wednesday. The bottom line is that our worst suspicions and speculations are most likely true with regard to the intent of the speed limit. The committee chairman made it very clear that "high-speed boats" were the focus of the speed limit and yes - there is unfortunately a sailboat versus powerboat element at work here. The speed limit is much less about promoting safer boating for all boaters then it is about addressing complaints made against high performance boaters (and perhaps power boaters in general for that matter). Despite the fact that we provided statistics showing that speed had very little relation to boating fatalities and that education is universally embraced as the best approach for improving safety, the chairman seems very intent on establishing speed limits to achieve his agenda. The committee has not done their homework - they have not studied where accidents have occurred or where boating violations have been written up. Unfortunately, they are reluctant to spend the time to make an informed assessment and then come up with a reasonable course of action. They believe that a "one size fits all" statewide speed limit is appropriate and they want to implement this in very short order. The idea that a statewide mandate could be made without proper information, evaluation and due diligence is very scary indeed. And I'm sure it would have been well on its way if we didn't intercede on Wednesday! On the positive side, there was visible dissent among the committee members after hearing the view point of NJPPC, the NJ Marine Manufacturers Association and a few well-spoken individuals. I think we gave them many a reason to pause and reconsider if they really want to proceed ahead with a controversial speed limit when they have no supporting research and much opposition ahead. The chairman seemed committed however to restricting our performance boating, including Poker Runs, through speed limits. His intent was very clear and it's unlikely that he will back down unless we forge a strong, POLITICALLY based opposition. Please contact your local representative and the key elected officials involved in boating safety initiatives listed below. Call them up, send a letter, send a fax, email - do whatever you can do to derail the speed limits being set by the five-person committee who were not elected. Tell your representative that the committee chairman is subverting a needed boating safety initiative by acting upon an anti-performance boat sentiment rather then addressing the real problems that can significantly improve safety on the water. Tell your representative that you want your voice heard and to consider the impact that this will have on the region's economy if thousands of power boaters decide to go to friendlier waters. Ask your representative to immediately look into this far-reaching mandate. NJPPC will continue to attend the public meetings and to argue our case but we aren't going to be able to make speed limits go away without your help to rally the needed political opposition. Join the fight today! We'll continue to keep you informed. Key New Jersey Representatives to contact (besides your local representatives) ASSEMBLYMAN JEFFREY W. MORAN (Republican-9TH District) Heading Assembly Panel On Safe Boating 620 W. Lacey Road Forked River, N.J. 08731 Phone Number: (609) 693-6700 Fax: 693-2469 Assemblyman Robert J. Smith, II (D) (Assistant Majority Whip) DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS: 110-F Greentree Road Turnersville, NJ 08012 PHONE NUMBER: (856) 232-6700 Assemblyman James W. Holzapfel ® DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS: 852 Highway 70 Brick, NJ 08724 PHONE NUMBER: (732) 840-9028 E-MAIL ADDRESS AsmHolzapfel@njleg.org Assemblyman Albio Sires (D)(Speaker) DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS: 303 58th Street, West New York, NJ 07093 PHONE NUMBER: (201) 854-0900

    Liquidation Blowout

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    Forwarded by SHARKEYMARINE: Meeting On Speed Limits "Summary" Hello All! Ahhhhhhhhh the NJ Blow Boater Comm.......I mean NJ Recreational Boating Commission...... just kidding! We walked away from today's meeting feeling good about the meeting but also understanding that we have a long way to go. Some positive points about the meeting: * Everyone respected each other's opinions * the commission members listened well * we were armed to the hilt with letters and statistics * only 1 tree hugger showed up * no one lost their cool * the commission admitted that they learned alot from our remarks, suggestions and factual data * overall a very constructive meeting Roger Brown openly admitted that the proposed speed limit is not the primary result of the tragedies that occurred this summer but because of complaints lodged this summer by Yacht Clubs and a few residents that live on the Metedeconk River (i.e. Mr. Verizon and his 17,000 sq ft yellow house). The next step - the commission will review all of the facts, comments and suggestions that were made to them today. The have their next meeting in early January and we plan on attending to continue the fight. (the commission did not have any statistics to support their position - we did for ours! ) Now we move on the the Legislative front in Trenton where they are considering the same topic. Keep the support flowing in the form of letters and we will keep everyone updated on our progress! Dave Patnaude President of New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club

    OT: Gyno/Mechanic "Funny"

    A gynecologist had become fed up with malpractice insurance and was on the verge of being burned out. Hoping to try another career where skillful hands would be beneficial, he decided to change careers and become a boat mechanic. He found out from the local technical college (Marine Mechanics Institute) what was involved, signed up for evening classes, attended diligently, and learned all he could. When the time for the practical exam approached, the gynecologist prepared carefully for weeks, and completed the exam with tremendous skill. When the results came back, he was surprised to find that he had obtained a score of 150%. Fearing an error, he called the instructor, saying "I don't want to appear ungrateful for such an outstanding result, but I wondered if there had been an error which needed adjusting." The instructor said, "During the exam, you took the engine apart perfectly, which was worth 50% of the total mark. You put the engine back together again perfectly, which is also worth 50% of the mark." The instructor went on to say, "I gave you an extra 50% because you did all of it through the outdrive bellows."