Safe Boating Round-up
The more you know about boating, and safe boating practices in particular, there is a better chance that you’ll have a successful day on the water. It’s always a good idea to remind ourselves of those necessary precautions and preparations as we look forward to the upcoming season (even if it’s several months in the future).
With 2022 almost in the rearview, we thought it would be helpful to look back at some of our previous blogs and review which could be helpful safe boating reminders.
During the off-season, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect your watercraft from harsh winter weather conditions. This guide will take you through all the steps needed to properly winterize watercraft.
What’s a Tropical Storm Supercharge?
A recent study, published in Nature Communications, shows that one storm’s effect on water temperatures and depth can amplify the conditions of the next storm, making it all the more powerful. This article will outline the prior trends and current methods of how weather experts predict supercharged storms.
Why Hurricanes Can Be Hard to Predict
Another reason why the hurricane prediction business can be so unforgiving. This blog explains how hurricanes form, why they can rapidly intensify, and the ways we can prepare for a situation like that in the future.
Dock lines will secure your boat to the dock and help avoid unwanted damage when strong winds and large waves are present. This article provides a deeper look at dock lines and which are best for strength, handling, and safety.
With heavy traffic and increased waterway activity comes more aggressive driving. This blog gives advice on how to avoid an accident in crowded waters.
Whether a new or experienced boat owner, there is a laundry list of items you should always bring aboard. Here is a list of some standard equipment must-haves for any boat type.
Essential Sailboat Checks for the Season
Preparing your sailboat ready for launch each season is essential for maximizing long-term use and minimizing damage. Before hitting the water, a proper round of checks should be carried out. This article outlines all the must-dos.
Your house and watercraft are probably two of your most valuable possessions. They are also two of the most vulnerable to tropical storms, hurricanes and other natural disasters. This guide gives tips to protect your house and watercraft with proper storm precautions and hurricane preparedness.
This article outlines the different marine electronics available that will help ensure safety on the water. You should never have to experience a serious emergency while on your boat. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and it’s best to be prepared for any scenario. Safety should always be your first priority. Preparing for emergency situations is the best way to avoid or combat them.
This blog will take you through the steps of learning how to operate personal watercraft. It will review the basics of steering and how to navigate safely, covering everything from best practices to helpful courses on the topic.
United States Coast Guard Recommendations
Here are some additional resources and information provided by the Coast Guard to help you become a better educated and safer boater.
- Safe Boating Brochures for cruisers, sailors, fishermen, and all recreational boaters.
- NOAA Printable Navigational Charts
- Float Plan Information and The Official USCG Float Plan
- The Coast Guard’s Safety Alert Page
- Marine Product Recalls
- Recreational Boating Safety Partner Visitation Program
- The Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division