Event features boating safety, nautical flea market

Published on Fri, May 7, 2010 by Sonia Hurt

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It’s all about boating safety and messing about on boats. In recognition of May being “Safe Boating” month several Blaine businesses and organizations have joined together to promote safe boating. On May 8 Marine Drive will be the place for the 2010 nautical flea market, flare shoot, fire extinguisher demo and recharging and U.S. Coast Guard boat inspections.


Boaters grab those old expired flares and put them to some good use. Get those dead extinguishers brought back to life. Clean out the dock box and garage and give someone else the chance to treasure your nautical “extras.” Then you will be able to buy something else that you really need.


The activities begin at 8 am with the nautical flea market located in front of Blaine Marine Services. Space is available for $5 and proceeds will benefit the Blaine Sea Scouts. Hot beverages, to chase off the morning chills, will be provided by the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network.


More than 50 percent of boats fail their safety inspections according to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Blaine Coast Guard Auxiliary will be performing vessel safety inspections in the marinas throughout the day. They will also have boating safety and marine environmental protection information to share including information for kids. Sign up for a vessel inspection at West Marine or contact Lyle Schrag at lyle.schrag@twu.ca or Kathryn Wellington at k.wellington@comcast.net. The flare shoot, organized by West Marine with assistance from the Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron, begins at 10 a.m.  The North Whatcom Fire and Rescue follows with their Fire Extinguisher Demo.  A company will be on hand to recharge your spent fire extinguishes so bring them along.


There will be something for everyone so make it a family outing. Subway will be on hand to fill empty tummies or bring a picnic and enjoy it at Marine Park.


For more information or to reserve a booth space contact Sonia at 360/201-8725 or visit Debbie at West Marine.