|FYI — February 2004|
|By Brad Dunn|
Word With... Capt. Gloria Borrego
Q: First, why
did you decide to become an engineering and electronics expert?
Q: Why were you
chosen to oversee the construction of an 80-foot, steel-hulled cruiser
Q: What were
your impressions of the country?
Q: Did everything
go according to schedule?
Q: Sounds like
a lot of hurdles.
Q: What are you
up to now?
Before you buy your dream cruiser on eBay, check out a new Web site funded by the feds to help warn boaters. The site is www.recalls.gov, and the information is as good as gold. You can click on “Recall Database” and get a complete list of recreational boats that have been deemed unfit for use over the years for a variety of reasons.
You can also read about boating safety concerns related to hundreds of marine products as reported by the Coast Guard, or access the Manufacturers Identification Code (MIC) Database if you would like to find information on any piece of equipment sold in the United States or Canada.
Of course, if, like voters in the Golden State, you don’t like what’s out there, you can help ensure that it gets removed. The site lets you report any defect you’ve discovered with any boat or nautical gear and register it with the Coast Guard.
This article originally appeared in the January 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.