Please select your home edition
Edition
Vaikobi 2019AUG - Leaderboard 3

Shall we say goodbye to 'Small Craft Advisory' and hello to 'Small Craft Warning'?

by Scott Croft 16 Apr 07:22 PDT
The National Weather Service is proposing renaming “Small Craft Advisory” to “Small Craft Warning.” © Albert Barkus

In a move that could simplify and potentially reduce misunderstanding of urgent weather messages used by recreational boaters to make critical boating safety decisions, the National Weather Service (NWS) has proposed renaming "Small Craft Advisory" to "Small Craft Warning" and is asking for boaters' feedback. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges boaters to speak up now by taking a NWS survey for recreational boaters at www.surveymonkey.com/r/VZGX6BF. The survey closes May 24, 2020.

"Every day they go boating, boat owners check the weather and then make the decision to either head out or not," said BoatUS Government Affairs Manager David Kennedy. "We think the name change will help clarify what this means, leading to a better understanding of the severity of a marine weather forecast, and help give recreational boaters the information they need to make smart choices about boating safely."

For decades, NWS has used the Watch, Warning, and Advisory (WWA) system to alert users about forecasted hazards, but it has recognized this can be confusing. The proposal to rename a "Small Craft Advisory" to a "Small Craft Warning" is part of a larger effort to reduce the messages to just two flagship headline terms: Watch and Warning. NOAA also says the name change would better align with all other marine warnings - Gale, Storm, and Hurricane Force Wind - leading to greater understanding by recreational boaters.

Changing from an "advisory" to "warning" would not change the term's definition or meaning. While there is no precise definition of a "small craft," today a "Small Craft Advisory" is issued when sustained wind speeds or frequent gusts have reached 20 to 33 knots and/or seas or waves 4 feet and greater and/or waves or seas are potentially hazardous. The requirements vary slightly by region, and local conditions may also dictate issuing a Small Craft Advisory.

Related Articles

BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women's Sailing Award
Margaret Pommert has been called 'a force of nature' for her enthusiasm and effectiveness Margaret Pommert of Seattle, Washington, has been named recipient of the 2020 BoatUS/National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA) Leadership in Women's Sailing Award. Posted on 21 May
TowBoatUS Old Hickory Lake opens to assist boaters
Fonte family expands local on-water assistance service Towing recreational boats is a family affair for the Fonte household of La Verge, Tennessee. Capt. Kirk Fonte began operating TowBoatUS Percy Priest Lake in 2014, offering towing, battery jump-starts and soft ungrounding services to recreational boaters Posted on 20 May
Capt. John takes helm of Lake Erie TowBoatUS ports
24-hour on-water assistance for recreational boaters A local small business with two locations is changing hands, TowBoatUS Lorain and TowBoatUS Vermillion. The 24-hour, on water towing ports on Lake Erie new owner is longtime manager and lead towing captain John Piskura. Posted on 19 May
A National Safe Boating Week like no other
Annual educational event carries additional message in 2020 National Safe Boating Week, which begins this Saturday, May 16, and runs through Friday, May 22, is the traditional early boating season reminder to help recreational boaters embrace safety all season long. Posted on 14 May
No one ever thinks about boat trailer insurance
BoatUS demystifies the coverage you need and explains which policy covers what damage Most insurance is straightforward, until it's not. When you have an accident or property damage, you file an insurance claim. But filing an insurance claim on a boat trailer isn't so straightforward. Posted on 12 May
TowBoatUS Islamorada take Tower of the Year honors
TowBoatUS Islamorada took honors, besting more than 100 TowBoatUS companies A local business that helps boaters with routine on water assistance was recognized for its professionalism at the 2020 BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference held in Orlando, Florida. Posted on 8 May
BoatUS questions work stoppage on the Erie Canal
The New York State Canal System has long been recognized as essential transportation infrastructure The New York State Canal System has long been recognized as essential transportation infrastructure, important to irrigation and flood control, the upstate economy, and communities that line its 524-mile length. Posted on 22 Apr
Go to Capitol Hill to ask for dredging funds
Part of any new funding would be targeted for additional dredging needs Prior to last week's closure of the U.S. Capitol, and led by the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, Boat Owners Association of The United States joined a broad coalition of groups including coastal shipping operators, dredging contractors Posted on 20 Mar
Boating Infrastructure Grant Funds
Five tips on how to get your share Recreational boaters like to go places, but to welcome them and take advantage of the spending they bring, you need safe dockage for the day or night. Posted on 18 Mar
Women's Sailing Conference comes to Marblehead
Beginning and experienced women sailors can jump-start their sailing lives Beginning and experienced women sailors can jump-start their sailing lives by heading to the National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA) 19th Annual Women's Sailing Conference slated for Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead. Posted on 15 Feb
Marine Resources 2019 - FooterRS Sailing 2020 - RSSS - FOOTERVaikobi 2019AUG - Footer 3