Every boater needs to know what he or she is required to bring with them. If you're gearing up for a new season and need a refresher we've got you covered with our Essential Boat Safety Checklist.
Winter has come to an end, the days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising, and your excitement for your first trip out on the boat is through the roof. You’ve got your boat cleaned up, your fishing gear organized, and all the drinks and snacks needed for a great day on the water, you’re just waiting for Friday to come so you can start your weekend with the family.
We design all of our boats to be as safe as we can possibly make them. We build to NMMA Certified Standards and ABYC Standards; this represents the highest in safety standards in the boating industry. But on top of that, there are precautions you, as a boat owner, must take to ensure maximum safety while boating. This starts with the 5 key essential items you MUST carry on your boat at all times, and these are rules enforced by local officials.
These five items could help save your life or someone else’s life in case of an emergency. As boaters, we hope to never use these items, the same way as we hope to never use the airbags in our cars, but when we need them, we are thankful we have them. It’s good practice before the start of each season to ensure proper working order of all safety devices. Fire extinguishers need be replaced or serviced at certain intervals. Make sure that all of your fire extinguishers are still within the certified date period and replace all flares yearly so you know everything is properly working. Taking these annual precautions could be the thing that saves you from an emergency one day.
While these five items are essential and required by law there are other small items that you may need for certain recreational activities or may be good to have just in case.
All of these items are things you can use in case of emergency and most will come in handy for simple tasks on your boat as little problems arise. A knife for something tangled around your prop, mask and snorkel for accessing any problems under your boat or casual swim, an anchor to hold yourself in place to wait for help or just keep your boat held down while fishing. Every item has its purpose, it’s up to you to carry what you feel you’ll need in the field, and remember, there’s nothing wrong with being slightly over prepared.