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USCG Requirements for Recreational Vessels

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To ensure safety on the water, it is essential to follow the U.S. Coast Guard’s requirements for recreational watercraft. See the minimum regulations below. 

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Marine VHF Radio Overview

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A marine VHF radio refers to a ‘very high frequency’ range between 156 and 174 MHz. It is most commonly installed in watercraft. The radio is used for a variety of purposes, including direct contact to rescue services like the Coast Guard and towing companies, as well as harbor, bridge, and marina communication. It provides a two-way communication system within a 5 to 30-mile range, proving to be far more reliable than a cell phone. The equipment is a combination of a transmitter and receiver, operating on standard channels, as well as a single-button distress signal. Additional benefits consist of communication with other boaters and weather alerts.

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NAMS and SAMS Marine Surveyors

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Marine surveyors conduct inspections, surveys, and other examinations on watercraft and report on their condition. The surveyor will assess the health of the vessel, structure, machinery, and equipment to ensure compliance with various requirements and specifications.  

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Boat Oil Analysis

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Oil analysis is very useful in terms of monitoring and determining your engine’s health. It will test the lubricating oils to ensure there are no significant issues within the metal components of the engine, gear reduction units, hydraulic systems, and the fuel system. It should be completed once a year by a trusted lab and analyzed by a marine professional.

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AIS (Automatic Identification System) Overview

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AIS (Automatic Identification System) is a tracking system that uses transponders and vessel traffic services on ships, commercial vessels, and yachts. The system will display a symbol for every significant ship within radio range, helping with collision avoidance in the water.

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Boat Anti-Theft Systems

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An anti-theft system will alert you when suspicious activity is occurring on the boat. Smartphones and sophisticated apps have simplified monitoring a boat’s security. If a sensor is triggered, the anti-theft system will automatically send an alert to your smartphone or tablet.   

Some systems are also able to respond to a possible theft with an audible alarm, disabling the battery, or recording video through an onboard camera. Critical boat systems, such as bilge pumps, battery levels, and high-water pumps, can also be monitored. Overall, a GPS-tracking, anti-theft system is a valuable investment to prevent theft of the watercraft. 

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Boat Lift Maintenance

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A lift for your boat or jet ski has several advantages, including the ability to keep the craft above the water, thereby making it easy to launch, and it will cut down on the natural wear and tear a boat sustains when kept in the water.

However, as with most mechanical conveniences, it is essential to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines for boat lifts to ensure safe, long-term use. Without regular care, the boat lift may not be in proper mechanical condition, putting your craft at risk for substantial damage if it fails or collapses.

Here is a look at some of the necessary steps for maintaining a healthy boat lift that will help keep your boat safe.

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2018 Review - Our Favorite Blogs

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It’s been quite the year for SkiSafe Insurance. In 2018, we’ve managed to reach over 500,000 total insured boaters, as well as kickstart both our blog and social media accounts (hint: if you don’t already follow us on social, you should). We couldn’t be happier to help inform our boaters on winterizing watercrafts, prepping boats for spring launch, tips to get affordable boat insurance, and more. We are beyond excited to see what 2019 holds!

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