Belinda Ellis

Shipmate of the Week – Belinda Ellis

Situated along the Oregon coast, just off Highway 101, is the unassuming Siletz Moorage. People travel to Siletz Bay from all over for a day of fishing for Chinook salmon or crabbing; in fact, Siletz boasts “the best crabbing on the Oregon coast.” But due to the quick thinking of Belinda Ellis, one of the moorage managers, Siletz is now home to lifesavers.


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10 safe boating gifts for Cyber Monday

If you’re taking advantage of today’s Cyber Monday bargains, why not embrace the spirit of giving and turn your holiday gift into something that makes your loved one safe all year round? The holidays are a perfect time to remind your friends and family to boat responsibly and arm them with safe boating essentials. Whether they are a first-time boater or a sailor with decades on the water, it is important to encourage your loved ones to boat responsibly.


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Have fun, but boat safe!

For the most part, we go out on the water to get somewhere or to just have fun. Either way, a successful and enjoyable trip includes having good equipment and knowing how to use it, knowing where to go and what to stay away from and being ready for emergencies. An annual vessel safety check is an excellent way to prepare for time on the water. It is completely free and voluntary, will help ensure compliance with regulations and might help avoid a tragedy.


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12 New Year’s resolutions for 2012

With contributions from Michael Baron, USCG recreational boating safety specialist. 2012 is here! And of course, with the new year comes new resolutions. As we come up with goals we would like to accomplish in the coming year, we encourage […]


A boater’s holiday list

Finding gifts can sometimes be a hassle, but Compass is here to help you make the most out of your holiday shopping. Why not embrace the spirit of giving and turn your holiday gift into something that makes your loved […]


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Deck the Hulls: Last minute holiday gifts for boaters

Over the past two weeks, Coast Guard Compass has given you “Deck the Hulls,” a holiday gift guide for mariners and recreational boaters. It’s the eleventh hour for holiday shopping but that’s no excuse to disappoint the boater on your shopping list […]


Coast Guard honors “Deadliest Catch” skipper Keith Colburn

Captain Keith Colburn is known to millions of television viewers as the skipper of the Wizard, a crab fishing vessel on the Discovery Channel hit series Deadliest Catch. What you may not know is that Captain Colburn is also a spokesperson for […]