Owning your very first boat or yacht can be some of the most exciting times of your life. All you want to do after you get the boat to the water is hit the high seas and let the adventures begin. Before you get your captain’s hat on and try to hit the water, it would serve you well if you took a step back and prepared with this list of boating safety tips.
One of the best things you can do as a first time boat owner is register for a boating safety class in your region. These classes will provide you with an abundance of information that will help ensure each trip is as safe as possible. In addition to learning how to prepare for any trouble, you will get information on reading boating signs and navigating the waterways like it was a driving class for motor vehicles.
Be sure that you invested enough money in safety equipment before the boat ever leaves the docks. It does not matter how great you or other people are at swimming, things can go bad fast miles out at sea and the life jacket can be the only protection a person has from drowning after sustaining a head injury or when the boat capsizes.
This one should go without saying: “Never drink alcohol and operate a boat”, the same rules apply like driving a car. There are too many things in the water that you could run into when you are not able to pay close enough attention. Leave the drinking for when you are not in charge of others and the boat.
Bring a charged cellphone, or better yet a satellite phone, in the event you need help when miles out at sea. If your boat radio malfunctions, it might be your only lifeline to getting help.
Hire a local boat mechanic who can give your boat a good look-over from time to time to ensure the craft is sea worthy when you decide to go out for some fun times with your family and close friends.
Now that you have a better idea of the safety procedures that you need to be familiar with, take things slow and just keep in mind that the more you can do before you leave the safety of the shore, the better and safer things will be for everyone on board.