Although this checklist for boaters to use before they leave the safety of the docks should apply to all, we are focusing on the beginners because they are not yet experienced enough on the water to deal with certain scenarios. Here is a great checklist from our friends over at boatmo.com, a leading boats listing site. If you can’t commit this list to memory, print it out and make sure you read it each time you get in the boat.
Here is your checklist before you pull away from the marina:
1. Always make certain you have enough life jackets for every person on board including yourself.
2. In addition to a fully charged phone, invest and bring a satellite phone for emergencies far from shore.
3. Be sure someone back on shore knows where you plan on driving for the day and when you plan on coming back.
4. Invest in a good boat mechanic and make sure he is checking the boat on a regular basis.
5. If you haven’t already, take a boat safety class so that you are prepared in the event something were to go wrong out on the seas. Storms can pop up quickly and you may not be able to outrun them in your boat.
6. Never drink alcohol while operating your boat. The same rules as driving your vehicle on the highway apply here.
7. Know the weather forecast for the entire day, and plan accordingly if there is any chance of bad weather in your region.
8. Be sure that you fuel up the boat before pulling away from the shore and that you know where the nearest fuel station is while you are out on your trip.
9. Make certain you have all your paperwork on board, and this includes licenses and permits if you plan on fishing. You can be pulled over at any time and asked to present your papers.
10. Have a first-aid kit on board in the event someone gets hurt, the bigger the better when you are out at sea.
11. Keep plenty of water on the boat for those who get motion sickness and need to re-hydrate while away from the shore.
12. Do not travel in your boat at speeds that are unsafe. If a swimmer or smaller boat is in your path,. you may not have time to stop and cause serious injuries as a result.
There you have it, a checklist for boating safety that will ensure you and your passengers have a great time creating memories that will last a lifetime on the water.