INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Boating season is nearly here, so it’s time to start thinking about getting your boat prepared for the first outing. Nobody wants to spread aquatic invasive species into the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe.
Therefore, boaters will have to stop at one of the five roadside inspection stations for an inspection and 2013 sticker.
Boats that have an intact wire inspection seal, indicating they have not been used outside the basin, may be taken directly to their Tahoe launch ramp to purchase a 2013 Tahoe Only sticker.
If your boat is not clean and dry, inside and out you will likely be subjected to the expense and delay of decontamination.
USCG Vessel Safety Inspection: Seek out a USCG Auxillary Safety Inspection, which are held at various locations around the lake. The inspections are voluntary, free and advisory only; no citations for violations are issued.
Boat/Trailer Registration: Are your boat and trailer registrations current? If not you can register online. Make sure you have your current registration on board and that your numbers and annual decal are properly displayed.
Battery Charging: Keep in mind that the average life of a marine battery is three years. Older batteries tend to lose their charge faster than new ones, so check your battery and if needed, charge it before you get to the ramp for the first time.
Trailers: Trailers are often neglected. Tires never wear out, but deteriorate with time, especially with the increased ultraviolet radiation at this elevation. Also, wheel bearings should be inspected and properly repacked at least every other year, even with Tahoe’s crystal clear fresh water.
Marine 9 getting upgrade
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the volunteers of Incline Marine Auxiliary, Inc. (aka Marine 9, which is also the radio call sign of the vessel) operate the sheriff’s patrol/rescue vessel to assist deputies in their mission of boating safety, law enforcement, search/rescue and special events on Lake Tahoe.
Marine 9 currently is undergoing some very special spring preparations. After 13 years of service on Lake Tahoe, Marine 9 is undergoing an extensive re-fit to enhance and prolong the useful service life of the vessel by the original manufacturer (North River/Almar) in Roseburg, Ore.
The obsolescent and mostly worn out single Mercruiser inboard/outboard drive system is being replaced by two high-tech and green outboard motors. Completion is expected by the end of April.
During the first week in May, the re-engineered Marine 9 vessel will be on display in Raley’s Shopping Center. At that time, members of IMA will be on board to provide interested citizens an orientation of the boat and opportunity to enlist new volunteer members into the organization.
This is an excellent opportunity, especially for young men and women to learn more about safe boating, while providing a valuable service to the community. Please take time to visit Marine 9 while on display in the shopping center the first week in May.
If you are interested in knowing more about Incline Marine Auxiliary or Marine 9, please call Don Morrison at 775-846-0035, or visit www.marine9.org.