Boaters everywhere are rejoicing now that the warmth of springtime allows for lazy days out on the water once again. But before setting sail, consider the following safety tips to protect everyone onboard.
- Inspect your boat for signs of damage before the season’s first voyage. Check the engine cooling intakes, cockpit drains, valves and the bilge pump to ensure their proper working order and to remove any clogs.
- Test the VHF radio and other electrical components.
- Stock your vessel with safety equipment, such as flares, fire extinguishers and enough lifejackets for everyone onboard. Ensure that your boat contains appropriately sized lifejackets for any children who ride on your boat.
- Both beginner and experienced boaters can benefit from a boating safety class. Newbies can learn boating safety procedures, which doubles as a refresher course for veteran boaters. Look for a local class or browse the internet for an online tutorial.
- Before setting sail, check the day’s weather forecast. If you notice darkening clouds, strong winds or a sudden drop in temperature while on the water, it’s a good idea to sail back to the marina and call it a day.
- Always operate your boat at safe speeds, which includes slowing down in crowded or narrow areas.
- Keep away from large boats that may be slower than you to stop or turn.
- Steer clear of buoys and other navigational aids, which are placed to keep boaters safe while out on the water.
- Appoint a secondary navigator who knows how to operate the boat in case the primary navigator is injured or otherwise incapacitated.
- Any person who is designated to operate the boat should not consume alcohol, which can double the risk of a boating accident.
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