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Stay Safe While Boating

If you are a boat owner, you most likely purchased it in order to have some relaxing times on the water with your friends and family. One of the keys to being able to relax is staying safe. This, or course, begins with safe boating practices, but it also involves making sure you have the right equipment on board as well. Companies like Mimi Marine can help you choose the right boat safety equipment so your fun doesn’t turn into fear. In order to being a good practice, having the right stuff will keep you legal also. You should check the regulatory requirements for your state in addition to the basic equipment that you should have regardless of what the law says.

vettriano's boatPersonal flotation devices are important for every person on board or being towed, whether they are riding on a tube or are skiing. You need to take into account the ages of the people on board as well. If you have children, you will need to make sure these devices are sized appropriately. You can’t assume that it is not necessary to wear them because you are in a location where nothing is likely to happen. It is usually the unexpected that causes the most trouble.

You should make sure you have the right kind of fire extinguisher for your particular boat. You should check the regulations carefully because the size and location can vary. Sometimes, it depends on whether the engine is inboard or outboard. Boats with outboard motors may not be required to have an extinguisher unless the fuel tank is situated where fumes can build up. Regardless of the requirements, you should always have one. You should still check the regulations to make sure yours complies with all the regulatory fine print. Non-motorized boats will likely be exempt from this requirement.

Depending on the type of boat and where it will be used, a visual distress signal may be necessary. If the boat is being used on the sea or in coastal areas, this will likely be a requirement.

Sound producing equipment is likely to be required regardless of the size cxboat or type of water on which it will be operated. There may be some flexibility in what type of equipment is necessary. It may not have to be a horn, however. It could be a bell or whistle as long as it is capable of making sounds that are consistent with navigational requirements.

These are just a few of the items you should have on board while operating a boat. Boating supply companies can help you with a more detailed list.

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