Boating course scheduled for Sept. 29 in Fort Mill

September 16, 2012 

Catawba Power Squadron will offer America’s Boating Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Driving 911, 2000 S.C. 160, near Towne Tavern.

The course covers safe boating techniques, knots, what is required and rules, useful hints, navigation aids and trailering. The one-day class includes an exam to earn a certificate for a discount from most boat insurance companies. It also meets North Carolina’s boating law requirements for boaters younger than age 26 and qualifies ages younger than 16 to operate a personal watercraft.

The manual costs $30, which can be shared. Lunch is provided for an additional $5. To sign up for the class or for more information, call 803-831-8252, 803-547-6523 or 803-548-5362.

Boats needed

for Riversweep

Lake Wylie Riversweep needs boat owners to transport volunteers as they clean the shoreline of Lake Wylie and collect trash from 13 locations around the lake. Protective tarps will be provided.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6.

Use the “Register Now” link online at lakewylieriversweep.com to register as a boat captain.

The first 50 people to register with their boats will receive a Riversweep Boat Captain ball cap with an embroidered logo, a free T-shirt, lunch after the cleanup and an entry into a prize drawing.

Tam Minton, registrar for Riversweep, is available to help individuals, group leaders and boat captains with questions. Email riversweep@catawbariverkeeper.org.

Catfish Club series under way

The Catawba Catfish Club announces nine events in its 2012-13 tournaments schedule, including two regular season and one championship event on Lake Wylie. Dates and location are as follows:

• Oct. 6, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Hwy. 21 Access

• Nov. 3, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area

• Dec. 8, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park

• Jan. 5, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area

• Feb. 2, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park

• March 2, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Hwy. 21 Access

• April 13, Lake Monticello, Hwy. 99 Access

• Championship Event for Catawba Catfish Club, May 4-5, Lake Wylie, Ebenezer Park

For more information, visit catawbacatfishclub.com.

E15 warning stickers available

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is distributing 100,000 E15 warning labels to NMMA member boat manufacturers across the country to place on their boats in hopes of alerting boaters to the potential dangers of fuel with a high volume of ethanol.

The labels will help educate boaters that E15 should not be used in their boat.

There are serious and documented human safety, environmental and technological concerns associated with ethanol blends more than over 10 percent in recreational boat fuel tanks and engines.

That means that anything above E10 can pose serious problems.

In Lake Wylie, Kangaroo Express at 4044 Charlotte Hwy. and BP at 5075 Charlotte Hwy. sell ethanol-free fuel.

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