Take these steps to prep your boat for summer use.
With summer here to stay, you may be itching to take your boat out on the open water. However, before you can set sail, it’s important to make sure that your boat is safe. Here are some of the tasks that you need to complete to prep your boat for summer use.
Check Your Life Jackets
You should have at least one U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket available for every passenger on your boat. Before you set out on the water, you need to make sure that each boat passenger is fitted with a jacket and knows where to retrieve theirs. Remember, all children under the age of seven should wear a life jacket at all times, unless they are in the cabin area. Store adult life jackets in an easily accessible location so your passengers can grab them at the first sign of an emergency.
Inspect Your Fire Extinguishers
Boat owners are required to carry specialized fire extinguishers, known as Type B fire extinguishers, on their watercraft. These extinguishers are specifically designed to put out fires caused by flammable materials like gasoline or oil. Before you head out on the water, check your extinguishers to ensure that they are working properly. Additionally, review your state’s laws to ensure that you are using the right fire extinguishers and have enough of them on board. Inspect your flares or flare gun – be sure that the expiration is not out-of-date.
Create and Share Your Float Plan
Before you set out on the water, you should leave a float plan with a reliable person on shore. Your float plan should include the following information:
- Details about your boat
- Your planned route
- Planned stops
- Departure and estimated return times
- Who will be on the boat
- List of emergency contacts
Leaving your float plan with someone on shore will ensure that they contact the authorities if you do not return from a boat ride. As soon as you return from your trip, contact the person you gave your float plan to so that they know that you and all your passengers are back safely.
These are some of the steps that you should take to prep your boat for summer use. Remember, having the right boat insurance is another way to ensure that your boat is ready to hit the open water. For assistance with your boat insurance, contact the experts at Powersports Insurance Agency. We are ready to assist you with all your motorsports equipment insurance needs today.
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