Essential Boating 101 Safety Tips

boatIt doesn’t matter if you are going out fishing by yourself or you are taking a group of friends up the coast to try a new restaurant, boating safety is essential for fun times. All too often, many boaters get careless after a few trips and think that regardless what happens that everything will turn out fine. One thing is for sure on the water, things tend to go from very bad to extremely worse in the blink of an eye.

Boatmo.com offers us some essential boating 101 safety tips for making sure you, the boat, and all your passengers arrive back to shore safe each trip.  Look them up for finding Mako boats and all types of vessels.

Make sure you have more than one type of communication device on board in case you must reach out for help in an emergency. If the boat has one radio, make sure you bring a phone or invest in a satellite phone. If you get stranded miles out to see and you have no cell service, you will be glad you spend the couple extra bucks to have a device that works.

If you haven’t already, spend the money to have a professional mechanic inspect your boat at certain times of the year. Just like your car, a skilled mechanic can spot trouble long before it becomes an issue. If the mechanic can see the hoses are damaged and replaces them at shore, you reduce the chance of you having engine trouble 10 miles out to see where no one can help you fast enough.

Never leave the safety of the shore without having each person on board in a life jacket. If you are short, borrow them. There is no excuse for putting anyone at risk on the boat. A rogue wave could capsize the boat in the blink of an eye, and then what happens when you can not reach all the people who are in the water?

Plan your trip while you are still back home earlier that day. Chart where all the service stations are along the route, leave detailed notes behind where you plan to travel, and tell someone what time you are planning on returning to the docks. If too much time passes, this person can alert authorities (like the coastguard)  as to where to begin looking for the boat.

If you can not commit these boating safety tips to memory, keep them with you so you can brush up before the boat pulls away from the docks.  For more info like this visit boatmo.com:

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