The Discover Clean & Safe Boating educational vessel for 2012 is a sailboat. The 17-foot Sun Cat - equipped with all the gear required and recommended for legal, safe and environmentally friendly boating in New York waters - will be at the Buffalo Boat Show Feb. 22-26. The event, organized by the Marine Trades Association of Western New York, is held at the Buffalo Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse in Orchard Park.
A representative of the new-in-2012 New York Sea Grant Aquatic Invasive Species Resource Educators and Watercraft Inspectors Program will be at on hand at the exhibit on Saturday and Sunday to help boaters identify ways they can voluntarily help slow or prevent the spread of invasive species.
The made-in-New-York, 12-foot aluminum canoe E/V Ontario is
also part of the display.
"The Discover Clean & Safe Boating educational vessels are a great addition to our show and provide boaters with vital information to help them be safe and legal, and good stewards of New York's fabulous boating waters," says Western New York Boat Show Manager Dennis Powers.
The Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign is an award-winning educational program developed by New York Sea Grant, and collaboration with the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York, Marine Trades Association of Western New York and other marine trade organizations, The Sailboat Shop of Skaneateles, Marathon Boat Group, Arney's Marina, and the national Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers program. Morgan Recreational Supply and Taylor Made Products supplied the boating gear for the traveling educational exhibit.
The Western New York Boat Show is open Wednesday, from 5 to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, from noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and younger enter free with one paid adult. Parking is free. Find more information online at www.buffaloboating.com.
In 2011, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water awarded New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White and the Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign a commendation.
For more information on the Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign, contact White at New York Sea Grant (Oswego): 315-312-3042, www.nyseagrant.org, http://facebook.com/nyseagrant and http://twitter.com/nyseagrant.