Mid-70s today and another warm day with some serious wind out of the southeast tomorrow that will probably break what is left of the ice and stack it up on the north shore tomorrow. Looking out this morning along the north shore, we have about a 1/4 mile of open water until you get to what is left of the ice. Could be an interesting day tomorrow for some pictures.
We would like to introduce a new site sponsor, Lake Apparel, who offers a cool and growing selection of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, and koozies all with an Oneida Lake theme. So if you are looking for some clothing to show off your love for Oneida Lake, be sure to check out their website. Lake Apparel products will be available in several stores around Oneida Lake this summer and we will provide a list of locations soon.
Some safety news: A new federal law starts April 1 that requires operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet (eight meters) in length to use an engine cut-off switch and associated link, which attaches the vessel operator to a switch that shuts off the engine if the operator is knocked from the helm. Specifically, Section 8316 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 passed by Congress requires individuals operating recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length with an engine capable of 115 pounds of static thrust (3 hp) or more to use ECOS links (kill-switch). This law applies when the primary helm is not in a cabin and when the boat is operating on plane or above displacement speed. Situations in which an ECOS link would not be required include docking, launching, loading on a trailer, trolling, and operating in no-wake zones.
The new law will be enforced on federal navigable waterways, which includes Oneida Lake. Some states already have such laws on the books, but it is expected that those who do not will amend their regulations to match the federal law over the coming years. New York, for example, currently requires operators of PWC’s to use the kill-switch when operating their craft. Under the new law, operators who fail to follow the new requirement can face civil penalties up to $100 for the first offense.