What Our Coast Guard Documentation Site Wants You to Know About Boat Safety

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Are you fully up to date on how to keep your vessel safe on the water? Do you want to go out and have peace of mind while enjoying summer with family and friends? Boat safety is crucial for all vessel owners and passengers to ensure an enjoyable and secure boating experience. Below are some boat safety tips that our Coast Guard documentation site has found that owners often overlook. 

Boat Safety Tips for Vessel Owners

First, boat safety starts before you’re on the water. Keep up with routine maintenance checks for your boat, including engine maintenance, electrical systems, fuel lines, and safety equipment. Regular inspections can help identify and address potential issues before they become safety hazards. Know and adhere to the boating laws, rules, and regulations in your area. Be aware of speed limits, no-wake zones, and any specific requirements for navigation lights or safety equipment.

Safe on the Dock Before You Leave 

Inform a trusted friend or family member about your boating plans, including your intended route, estimated time of return, and contact information. This will help authorities locate you in case of an emergency. Keep a close eye on weather forecasts before heading out on the water. Avoid boating in severe weather conditions such as storms, strong winds, or foggy conditions that can significantly impact safety. Plus, ensure that you have an adequate number of life jackets on board, and make sure they are in good condition and properly sized for each passenger. Encourage everyone on board to wear their life jackets, 

Boat Safety Tips for the Sweltering Summer Months 

Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, especially during hot summer days. Consider bringing extra water and other hydrating beverages on board. Apply sunscreen generously and regularly, and wear protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses to shield yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Seek shade whenever possible.

Boat Safety Tips for Boating with Friends and Family 

Before heading out, discuss safety guidelines and emergency procedures with your friends. This doesn’t mean that you have to ruin the party, you just want to ensure everyone understands basic boating rules and practices, such as keeping hands and feet inside the boat, avoiding horseplay, and staying seated while the boat is in motion. If boating with children, provide them with properly fitting life jackets and supervise them at all times. Establish clear boundaries and rules for their behavior on the boat, too. Yes, you should educate your family about water safety practices, including how to swim, how to wear a life jacket, and what to do in case of emergencies like falling overboard. But, you should also be a role model for your family by demonstrating responsible boating practices, such as following navigation rules, maintaining a safe speed, and avoiding reckless maneuvers.

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A Vessel Documentation Site for All Vessel Owners 

Remember, boat safety is a collective responsibility. By following these guidelines and encouraging a culture of safety on board, you can help ensure a fun and secure boating experience for everyone involved. All of that having been said, we want you to operate your boat at all times in compliance with both safety regulations as well as the USCG. To see all of the documentation forms we can help with, click here.