Bring the Right Equipment!
Safe boating is all about responsibility–and that responsibility starts before ever getting in the water. One important step to take before voting is making sure that you comply with all standardized list of required equipment. You can see a full list of all federally required items to be carried on recreational boats here. in this article, we will highlight three important items that are most likely to be overlooked.
Number one – fire extinguisher
Fire extinguishers are not just for large vessels. When you’re on the water, help can be very slow in arriving, and fire damage can quickly render a boat unserviceable. Make sure that you have a fire extinguisher on hand at all times.
Number 2 – sound producing device and visual distress signal
In the event of a water emergency, it is crucial to alert other people in the surrounding area. This both allows them to help you, and prevents you from becoming a danger to them. Though radios can come in very handy for reporting incident to the proper authorities, visual and audio signals remain the most effective way of learning your fellow boaters share the water with you.
Number 3 – Personal flotation device
How did life jackets land on this list of items likely to be forgotten during a boating outing? After all, most boaters do understand the importance of bringing along life jackets. Sadly, many boaters feel that they do not need to wear their life jackets at all times – thus exposing themselves to unnecessary danger.
A final word
As we mentioned before, the above list was incomplete, and is only intended to highlight a few important items. Be sure to visit this link for a full list of required items. Last but not least, it is important to remember that some important items are not necessarily required, but are still worth investing in. For many, especially extreme sports enthusiasts, a personal locator beacon is a perfect example of this.
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