Boating Safety Tips for Summer 2017
Have you or someone you know experienced a horror story with your boat? From running out of gas to not having the right equipment on board, no one wants to deal with these mishaps. Avoid any potential horror stories, problems and more with this list of boating safety tips to make sure your day on the boat is a fun and safe one!
Boating Safety Tips
- You should have a coastguard approved life vest on board for every person and boats 16 feet or longer should also carry a throwable flotation device. You should also be sure to determine if any passengers cannot swim!
- Check navigation and lighting equipment for proper day or night travel, you never know when you might want to stay on the water a little longer!
- Do you have distress signals such as flares and day signals in case of emergency?
- Filling up your boat before each excursion will ensure you don’t run out of gas. If your tank is inbound, be sure to prevent any other mishaps by running the blower prior to starting the engine.
- Fire extinguisher! No one wants to have to use it, but you never know when you might need it!
- Checking the weather is important! Getting stuck in a storm while boating is not only uncomfortable but unsafe.
- Ropes, Anchors, and other materials! Check all equipment for any unusual rips, tears, or wear prior to leaving the dock.
- Check the charge on the boat battery so that you do not end up out on the water unable to start your engine.
- Any additional equipment that may be useful, like a paddle. If your boat breaks down, it could be useful! Also be sure to check the list of required equipment for recreational boats listed in the Coast Guard’s Boater’s Guide to Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats and Safety Tips
Checking and maintaining all aspects of your boat (including equipment) is crucial to boating safety. Follow this checklist for a safe and fun experience each trip! Your passengers will thank you! You may even want to consider a Boater’s Safety Course to brush up on your knowledge.
If you have any questions regarding the maintenance of your Pro-Line boat, feel free to contact us today!