Basic Pre-Boating Safety Preparations

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Pre-Boating Safety

A car dealer by profession, Ben Ripstein serves as the president of Midwest Motors, Inc. In his free time, Ben Ripstein enjoys boating.

A successful boating trip requires all participants to abide by basic safety rules. First and foremost, all boaters should have with them a Coast Guard-approved floatation device, although the safest option is to wear the device at all times while on the water. Boaters should also bring a fire extinguisher and boat lights, in case an emergency strands the boat on the water after dark.

In addition, experts recommend that boaters thoroughly check the vessel before departing. Safety steps include opening the hatches to check for fumes, as well as ensuring that the boat is not overloaded with weight. Before going out on the water, the captain or boat owner should draw up a float plan, which includes an itinerary and a list of passengers, and leave this plan with someone who will remain on shore.

Finally, all boaters would do well to check the weather before departing. Dark clouds and predictions of rain should prompt the postponement of the trip. Boaters must also check for local regulations and any potential hazards nearby, so they can start the trip safely.