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‘Frozen Boat’ program available locally

Inspection now will allow boats into Lake George

The Lake George Park Commission has established a “Frozen Boats” program that allows local residents to have their boats certified as invasive-free with a Vessel Inspection Control Seal in advance of the 2014 boating season.

The Lake George Park Commission has established a “Frozen Boats” program that allows local residents to have their boats certified as invasive-free with a Vessel Inspection Control Seal in advance of the 2014 boating season.

— The Lake George Park Commission has established a “Frozen Boats” program that allows local residents to have their boats certified as invasive-free with a Vessel Inspection Control Seal in advance of the 2014 boating season.

Each VICS is numbered. When a boat is sealed the seal number and the boat registration number are both recorded.

Having a boat with an intact inspection seal acquired through the “Frozen Boats” program removes the need for that boat to visit one of the six regional inspection stations for an inspection prior to its first launch of the year into Lake George. The local program will provide inspection seals for trailered boats that have been demonstrated to be exposed to the winter elements sufficiently long to kill aquatic invasive species.

People in Ticonderoga can contact Walt Lender at 668-3558 to arrange an inspection. Hague residents can contact Steve Ramant at 543-6542 or 2hottubs@msn.com. Putnam residents can call Robert Rudt at 547-8717 or 547-8740.

“In general, three days of continuous freezing is long enough to kill any AIS present on a boat or trailer,” said Emily DeBolt, the LGA outreach coordinator. “And we have certainly had more than three days in a row of below freezing temperatures this winter.”

The earliest ice out on the area’s local water bodies will signify the end of the “Frozen Boats” program and Vessel Inspection Control Seals will not be applied after that date.

“Ice out is typically early to mid-April, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t a bit late this year,” said DeBolt. “Although, you just never know what the weather is going to do, so if you have a boat that you want sealed as part of this program, I would be sure to get it taken care of sooner rather than later.”

The new mandatory inspection program will go into effect May 15.

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