If you’re like most of us, you don’t get to spend every day on the water. So, when you do have a day to get away from the old grind and drop your boat into the water, you don’t want anything spoiling your fun. And, nothing is less fun than someone getting hurt out on the water. No doubt, you have boat insurance in case anything happens to your boat. Here are some things you can do to ensure that the people on your boat don’t get hurt:
- Life Vests. Wear them. Make everyone on the boat wear them. They may not be the latest rage in maritime fashion, but they save lives. While it’s best practice to wear life vests at all times, you should at the very least insist that everyone wear them while the boat is moving. And kids should always wear them.
- Sun Screen. While experienced boaters no doubt have enough sense to put some sun screen on before going out on the water, some of your guests might not. It’s a good idea to have some extra on board for those who may not have thought of it. Sun burn is definitely not a good time, so protect yourself and everyone else aboard.
- Emergency Radio and Cell Phones. Depending on where you like to do your boating, and how far from civilization you like to go, a cell phone can be a lifesaver. Of course, cell phones do become useless once they fall in the water. Emergency radios tend to have longer range and are more durable. So, if you plan on going far, take one with you.
- Three little letters that have revolutionized boating. GPS. Obviously, the best part of having a quality global positioning system is that you protect yourself from getting lost. This is a good idea no matter where you do your boating, and an especially good idea if you spend much time in the open water.
So, make a list and double check it. Boating is more fun when you have everything you need to have a good time, and to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible. Make sure your boat insurance is in order, hitch the trailer to the truck, and head out for long summer days on the clear blue. And make sure to be safe out there.
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