Boating Safety Inspection Basics
Summary: Safety should always be your number one priority when boating. This guide explains in-detail what you need to remember prior to taking off.
In order to make your boating experience pleasurable and fun, you’ll need to prioritize safety and ensure everything is where it needs to be. This in-depth guide will showcase what you need to inspect prior to taking off.
For each individual that’s boarding, you’ll want to have a Coast Guard-approved life jacket assigned to him or her. Keep a minimum of two on your boat at all times. You’ll also want to ensure that each passenger knows exactly where the life jackets are stored in the case of an emergency.
A horn that’s capable of producing a four-second blast that’s audible for at least half a mile is required – a portable air horn or an alternate device works just fine also. Keep a whistle attached to each life jacket as well.
Make sure you run through the same diagnostics as you would if you were planning to take a car on a long road trip. Is the oil topped off? Do you have enough gas? Are the engine oil and coolant at the levels they need to be?
Rid of Mildew-laden Cushions
Be sure to inspect the inner-area of the boat, if you have a larger model, and make sure nothing is harboring mold or mildew on the innards. Many times, boat owners focus more on the aesthetic component of a boat without realizing that the moisture around the sea can become trapped in the cushions and seats, which leads to a significant amount of mildew buildup. If any couch cushions or boat mattresses are giving off a strong odor and/or starting to discolor, replace them immediately as certain passengers may have a detrimental reaction to the mold and mildew.