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Boating Safety Information

If you properly prepared for safe boating with good current information and have the proper equipment which you may need aboard, then you will have an enjoyable and safe trip.  Here is some helpful information for all boaters:

PLEASE NOTE: ATON (Aid to Navigation) cannot be used while navigating Barden’s inlet due to shoaling.  ATON navigation has been temporarily discontinued until further notice. 

Sailboats to collideGeneral Information:  

Before You Go Boating - Checklist

Rip Current Tips

A U.S. Coast Guard-Approved Inflatable Throwable PFD 

Float Plan Form

"Given the increased focus on paddle sports; the Coast Guard is partnering with various organizations to get the 'safety' word out.  This link will take you to a set of videos, you may find interesting." (Please Click Here)  --Phil Amanna, Vice Commander

Local & State Information:

Framed on wall in Ft. MaconFor local charts, please click "Our Waterways" in the left tab

N.C State Maps, Boat Registration, Fishing License Information and Publications

N.C. Department of Marine Fisheries

Local Buoy and Weather Data

Current National Weather Service Marine Weather

Current NOAA Weather Forecast

Local Tide Tables

Find a State Boating Access Site

Reporting a Boating Accident - For NC Accident Report for accidents within three miles of the NC Coast, call the NC Wildlife Dispatch Center, 800-662-7137.

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