We all love a good yacht party, but just because you’re on the water doesn’t mean everybody can cut loose without a care in the world. According to the United States Coast Guard, there are an average of 4,000 recreational boating accidents countrywide each year. In addition to death and injury, these accidents cause tens of millions worth of property damage as well. If you don’t want to be a part of these unfortunate statistics, always ensure to sail soberly and responsibly. Here are a few tips on how to stay safe while taking to the wide open seas:
1. Stay Sober:
It goes without saying that you should never sail under the influence o! f drugs or alcohol. Always travel sober. Impaired judgement in the ocean leaves you and your passengers vulnerable to drowning should an emergency happen.
2. Follow the Rules:
Adhering to local boating rules and marine regulations can mean the difference between a good day and frustrating misery. Every harbor has its own unique requirements concerning who can dock their boats, and how, depending on waterway traffic. Respecting these regulations is necessary to protect the many vessels which cross paths on the water.
3. Mind the Weather:
Always check the weather forecast ! before deciding to sail. Sailing during bad weather unnecessarily jeopardizes your chances of traveling without incident. If you choose to sail in rough seas, it’s that much easier to get marooned offshore.
4. Cross your “T’s” and Dot your “I’s”:
Thoroughly perform all routine safety inspections on your boat before using it. Make sure that its steering and overall mechanical components have no defects. Also equip your boat with all possible safety equipment. Make sure it has:
▪ Life jackets
▪ Fire extinguishers
▪ Navigation lights
▪ Sound signaling devices
▪ Visual distress signals
▪ First aid kits
▪ A fully charged radio/communication device
▪ Floatation devices
▪ A compass
▪ Drinkable water
▪ Nonperishable food
If you need help conducting safety inspections on your boat, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary provides Certified Vessel Examiners for free to conduct courtesy inspections. There are also numerous safety courses available to help educate on how to practice responsible boating. For more ! information, visit any of our offices or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you take to the sea in safety. We got you covered!