Whether you’re sporting a bowrider, a cuddy, or a cruiser, the most important thing to remember when it comes to enjoying your day on the water is to enjoy it safely. In addition to practicing safe boating techniques, it’s crucial that you outfit your boat with the following safety products and equipment:
- Life jackets – First and foremost, it’s incredibly important that you have a life jacket available for every individual onboard. Life jackets and personal floatation devices can significantly increase your chances of surviving a boating accident. Conscious or unconscious, a life jacket will keep you afloat in the water until rescue services arrive on the scene.
- Emergency signals – The U.S. Coast Guard has a number of boating safety requirements for recreational boats up to 65 feet. One such requirement is the presence of onboard emergency signals. Some examples of emergency signals include pyrotechnics (hand-held and smoke flares) and hand-held air horns. In addition, boaters should also carry other signals, like mirrors and whistles, that require minimal maintenance.
- Fire extinguishers – If your boat is equipped with an onboard engine, kitchen, or portable stove, then you should always carry at least one fire extinguisher. Not having a fire extinguisher onboard when you are hundreds of miles away from shore can prove disastrous. Most importantly, know how to use your fire extinguisher and make sure that it is serviced regularly.
- Communication equipment – Like emergency signals, the U.S. Coast Guard requires that all boats carry some form of communication equipment (such as a VHF radio or emergency locator beacon). Whenever you plan on traveling farther than two miles from shore, you must carry at least three means of communication, including one that will work if submerged in water.
To learn more about boating safely, stop by Boat Tree Marina, Orlando’s premier sales and storage facility. Our friendly staff is happy to answer any questions you have about boating safety, from the necessary equipment to how to properly use a boat slip. If you have any questions, then contact us online or dial (888) 485-9883.