When the fuel dock in Avalon Harbor on
California’s Catalina Island (left), was significantly damaged during a storm surge
from Hurricane Marie last year, many
expressed concern at keeping it open. In
welcome news for Catalina Island boating fans, the Avalon City Council, which
operates the dock, recently agreed to
pursue an engineering study to see if
short-term repairs are viable.
Catalina Island is one of California’s
biggest boating draws, but it’s 25-plus
miles offshore, and if you’re going by
powerboat, chances are you might want
fuel at some stage. That’s where the
problem arises. There are only two fuel
docks on the island: one at Two Harbors
and the other in Avalon Harbor. An estimated 20,000 transient boaters stop in
Avalon Harbor each year. — A.D.
WHEN FUNDING for the U.S. Coast Guard was final- ly passed in the waning days of the 113th Congress last December, a few items
of note for recreational boaters were included.
Fines for making false distress calls were
raised from $5,000 to $10,000, and the Coast
Guard was directed to assess and report on
the coordination of search-and-rescue agreements with local 911 centers. A freeze on
decommissioning Loran infrastructure for one
year was included in the bill, until the Coast
Guard can report on whether it might still
be needed to provide position, navigation,
or timing information as a backup to GPS.
The funding legislation for the Coast Guard,
known as reauthorization, was approved
only for the current year; BoatU.S. anticipates another reauthorization bill in 2015.
— NICOLE PALYA WOOD