Last year (2016) the U.S Coast Guard documented 4,463 recreational boating accidents, resulting in 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries and approximately $49 million dollars of damage to property – all due to boat safety. In 2016, the fatality rates of people killed in recreational boating accidents rose by more than 11% to 5.9 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels (from 5.3 per 100,000 in 2015) Sadly, here in Maine, the numbers are worse. In 2016, 9 deaths were reported from the 111,116 registered watercraft in the state – a rate of 8.1%. Now, as temperatures (finally) start warming up, many Portland area boaters will be casting off in boats, dinghies and family-friendly yachts of all types and launching into the waters of Casco Bay, Maine’s lake regions and beyond. Whether it’s simply to enjoy a brief respite from the heat and humidity or to wet a line with the hopes of hooking a bass, trout or striper, soon thousands of people will escape their otherwise terrestrial existence and enter an environment where different rules apply. Water: Different world. Different rules for boat safety. Simply put, staying safe on the water comes down to limiting the possibility of you and your...