With summer time here we tend to spend more time on the water. Today I want to take a moment to share some important tips in regard to boating safety.
First off, this one is more a courtesy issue instead of a safety one. Before backing your boat down the launch ramp pull into the parking area to prep your boat and be sure your boat is ready to be launched, especially if others are waiting. I like to remove the transom saver, disconnect the hold down straps, hook up the Lowrance, pull some rods out of the locker, place the boat bumpers in place, tie a rope to a cleat and load the boat with anything that might be in the truck. That way all I have to do is back down, disconnect the winch strap and I’m good to go.
Some things that are required while boating are as follows. A PFD, personal flotation device, for everyone on board and don’t forget to wear the PFD, especially when running across the water. If your thrown from the boat you could get knocked unconscious and with a PFD on it could save your life, especially if fishing alone. You will also need a throwable life cushion, which is required by federal law.
Next a fire extinguisher in the event of a fire you will be glad you have it. Some kind of emergency sounding device. A paddle incase something happens to your motor. A spare rope suitable for towing
While running the big motor always be sure to have a lanyard attached to your kill switch and life vest just incase you happen to get thrown overboard. Taking the time to do this will assure that in the event something happens and your accidentally thrown overboard the motor will shut off which could save your life as well as innocent people who might be in harms way. Not only that but it will stop your boat from slamming into shore.
With the warm weather people can be tempted to drink alcohol while on the water. Personally, I feel this is a very bad ideal, especially if your operating a high power bass boat. Besides being a bad ideal, I know here in California its against the law. If you want to have a cold one wait until your off the water but don’t drink and drive if your going to be on the road. If your camping, wait until you get to your camp site, if your going home, wait until you get there. It’s not worth loosing your license or your life over.
Be aware of your surroundings while on the water, especially when running across the water, watch for obstructions such as rock piles and trees just below the surface. Keep an eye on the other guy. Way to often I have seen people on other forms of other watercraft get “Tunnel Vision” and they seem blind to what’s going on around them. On one of my favorite lakes, every year, at least 1 person on a jet ski dies because they are not paying attention and get ran over by a full sized boat. I know that I would feel bad if I hit someone, even if it wasn’t my fault.
I know I didn’t cover everything and these are just a few safety tips. Be careful out there and at the same time enjoy yourself while on the water.
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