Brush up on your boating safety tips this spring.
The weather is warm and the days are getting longer – spring is finally here! While there’s no shortage of sun in California, there some essential safety tips that many boat owners forget when taking their vessel out for the first time this year. Before you set sail on the spring waters, be sure to review these essential boating safety tips.
While it’s unlikely that you’ll run into rain and storms while sailing the California waters, it’s always wise to be prepared. Check local weather conditions before departure, and plan for cooler temperatures, sunlight exposure, and more. Pack additional layers, and take your sunglasses, hat, and sunblock.
It’s likely that your boat was kept under cover for the last few months. Now is the time to get it ready for spring! Check the engine, oils, fluid, equipment, and life jackets, and clean your boat from the inside out!
Take a Refresher Course
If you haven’t been out on the water in a while, it’s a good idea to take a refresher course in boating safety. Beginners and experienced boaters alike need to be familiar with the boating safety rules of operation.
Make sure that all who come aboard know the safety procedures, emergency exits, emergency plans, and how to use the life-saving equipment. It’s wise to make sure that one other person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat’s handling. That way, if you get injured in some way, the assistant skipper can get everyone back to shore safely.
While you spring-clean your vessel, it’s a good idea to take a look at your insurance policy. Coverage is what helps to protect your finances and boat in an accident. Review your limits, coverage, and consider additional riders.