Boating Tips to Keep You Safe on the Water

Ahoy there! Are you attracted to water like a moth drawn to a flame? Would you rather be sailing or boating than hiking or biking?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you should keep the following boating tips in mind when you next head out to the ocean or lake. While on the water, safety should always be a top priority for yourself and those around you.

  • When operating a boat, never consume alcohol or drugs, either before or during operation. The effects of alcohol can heighten sensitivity to wind, glare, sun, and noise.
  • Check the weather before you head out, and keep an eye on the forecast while you’re on the water as well. If it looks like bad weather is approaching, get to land as soon as possible.
  • Have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board and one USCG-approved throwable device for any boat 16 feet or longer. And make sure that everyone wears their life jackets while on the boat!
  • Have a fire extinguisher on board.
  • Test boat lights, radios, and other communication devices before the boat leaves the dock.
  • Check the engine and fuel levels before departing, and look for any electrical issues such as loose or disconnected conductors.
  • Tell someone onshore where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Don’t overload the boat with gear or passengers. This will make the vessel unstable and increase the risk of capsizing or swamping. Adhere strictly to the boat’s capacity instructions.
  • Be knowledgeable of general boating safety rules, and follow them as well as any rules and regulations that may be particular to your area.
  • Have an emergency first aid kit in a floating pouch on board, and also take along other emergency supplies such as maps, flares, day signals, and bottles of water.
  • Prior to starting the engine, run blowers to evacuate vapors from the bilge.
  • Attach your boat and vehicle keys to a floating bobber.
  • Bring a dry bagAs a courtesy, you will be leaving Blog.BankFive.com and going to another website. We have approved this site as a reliable partner, but you will no longer be under the security policy of BankFive.com. Come back soon! for any items you don’t want to get wet, like cell phones, wallets, and purses
  • After leaving the boat launch, maintain a no-wake speed for a distance that’s both safe and legally acceptable.
  • Have the boat’s registration and certificate on board.
  • Maintain a safe speed based on things such as traffic, visibility, and the boat’s ability to maneuver.
  • Designate a person to watch for dangerous situations while on the water.

We hope these boating tips will help you to enjoy your time on the water this summer. And if you’re looking to purchase a boat, whether it be used or brand new, BankFive can help with a Boat Loan. Enjoy your boating travels, and always keep safety in mind!

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