Jeff White

Taking a step toward boating safety

Taking a step toward boating safety

John Martino was not pleased when he saw where organizers of this year's New York Boat Show had stuck his booth inside the cavernous Javits Center earlier this month. He was in a distant corner, far enough from the main flow of foot traffic that he could have been a few blocks west in the Hudson River.

Then again, those trying out what the founder of the Annapolis School of Seamanship was unveiling — a Dutch-made simulator that had them navigating a boat in all types of conditions — might have thought they, too, were in the middle of the city's main waterway.

In the case of the Vstep simulator, boot it up and they will come.

"I pulled up a scenario, there's New...