Boater Safety/Blessing of the Fleet
Annual Free Coast Guard Vessel Inspection
Whether your vessel is motor, wind or man powered, the Blackwater Pyrates -- in conjunction with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary – is sponsoring a free vessel safety check to the public on Saturday 18 May from 9 am to 12 pm at Carpenter’s Park and Russell Harbor boat landings in Milton.
Vessels passing the inspection will receive a one-year decal for the vessel acknowledging the pass. The decal indicates to maritime law officers that the vessel conforms to minimum required safety regulations and thus avoiding a possible stop on the water for a safety check.
As this is not a law enforcement inspection, vessels not passing will be given a checklist of deficiencies, but not a citation. Within reason and available resources, deficiencies will be corrected free of charge by the Blackwater Pyrates on the spot.
If you would like a Courtesy Vessel Safety Inspection please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Blessing of the Fleet
The Blackwater Pyrates in conjunction with The Knights of Columbus of Milton is sponsoring a Blessing of the Fleet that will take place at the Memorial Park Boardwalk in downtown Milton on Saturday 18 May at 1:00 pm.
Vessels for the Blessing: All watercraft whether motor, man or wind powered - should circle in front of the Milton Memorial Park boardwalk until the Blackwater Pyrate lead boat begins the slow, single file pass-by for individual blessings. Bagpipers and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus in regalia will accompany Msgr. Michael Reed on the boardwalk for the Blessing.