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Free vessel safety check at ‘Boat Fair’

The Port of Friday Harbor will host a Boat Safety Fair, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  - Journal file photo
The Port of Friday Harbor will host a Boat Safety Fair, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The Port of Friday Harbor will host a Boat Safety Fair, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Before you castoff from the dock or launch a vessel to begin enjoying local waters, consider joining the San Juan Island Recreational Boating Safety Group at the fair. The group is comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard, Washington state Parks and Recreation, San Juan County Sheriff's Office, San Juan County Fire Marshal, Friday Harbor Power Squadron and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The focus of this multi-agency group is to improve the quality and delivery of education for the boating public and vessel examinations that are conducted in the San Juan Islands.

The concept of the fairs is to provide a location where interested boaters and the public can gather to: visit first responder boats (law enforcement, vessel assist, and fire); view safety demonstrations (man-over-board, kayak self-rescue, oil spill containment); see displays about boat safety (and Customs and Border Protection procedures at Friday Harbor); and take advantage of free vessel safety checks.

The event also features a marine swap meet, food, drink, music, and, for the kids, costume characters PFD Panda and Officer Snook. For more info, David Tribolet, 376-3994.

 

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