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

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.

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