Discover Clean & Safe Sailboat to visit antique boat show

— The educational vessel for the 2012 Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign, which educates boaters about legal, safe and environmentally-friendly boating on New York’s waters, will visit the Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show this weekend.

The 2012 New York Sea Grant Clean & Safe Sailboat — a 17-foot Com-Pac Sun Cat made available by the Skaneateles Sailboat Shop — will be part of an exhibit to include information about a new voluntary watercraft inspection program being offered statewide to combat unwanted aquatic invasive species.

Aquatic invasive species, which are species not native to the local ecosystem, can damage boat engines and steering equipment, reduce native game fish populations, degrade ecosystems, make lakes and rivers unusable by boaters and swimmers, and impact the economies of waterfront communities.

Waterfront stewards located at boat launches in the Finger Lakes, eastern Great Lakes, Hudson River and Western regions of New York State are helping boaters learn how to inspect motorized and non-motorized vessels and properly dispose of any unwanted aquatic invasive species.

National Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers information will be available at the Discover Clean & Safe Boating exhibit. The campaign also includes a Grumman aluminum canoe from the Marathon Boat Group in Marathon, NY. Educators are encouraging paddle sport enthusiasts to do their part to slow the spread of unwanted species in NY waters.

The 2012 Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign sponsors include New York Sea Grant, The Skaneateles Sailboat Shop, Arney’s Marina, Marathon Boat Group, Morgan Recreational Supply, Taylor Made Products and the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York.

For more information on the Discover Clean & Safe Boat, contact Dave White, New York Sea Grant, at 312-3042 or visit nysgextension.org.

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