While boating is a passion to be embraced and enjoyed, there are risks. In 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard recorded 4,158 recreational boating accidents that resulted in 626 deaths, 2,613 injuries and approximately $42 million dollars of property damage. Where cause of death was known, 76 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned and of those drowning victims where life jacket usage was known, 85 percent were not wearing a life jacket.
Docking your boat. For the new boat owner this is a very intimidating, looming task. There are so many things to take into consideration when it comes to docking (lines, fenders, current, wind, etc.). But the thought of docking should never distract you from having a relaxing cruise with family and friends.
We can assure you that it is possible to become a confident, experienced docker. Take some time to go out and get comfortable handling your boat in and around the dock and check out the helpful tips below in this step-by-step list.
Safety should be every boater’s priority, whether it’s just you on the water or a group of family and friends. You never know what could go wrong, so it’s essential for you and your guests to be prepared in case of an emergency. Being prepared before departure will help minimize risk, injury, and damages. We have put together a list of measures to consider helping to ensure your boating safety.
Adventures into unknown waters with your boat can be simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. Expanding the boundaries of our exploration is human nature, so it is only natural to have a desire to go somewhere and see something new. Doing this successfully aboard your boat requires only a little preparation, common sense and confidence. Modern technology has greatly improved the navigation process from the days of outdated paper charts and Loran readings. With modern marine electronics on board or a little research online before you leave the dock, you can go confidently into previously unconquered waters.
All of our lives we repeatedly hear that we "shouldn't sweat the small stuff". Safe boaters know that more times than not, it is the "small stuff" that ruins your day on the water. Paying attention to the details makes all the difference between the boats that function flawlessly every time, and the guy who Sea Tow knows on a first name basis. Consider these easy and inexpensive boat maintenance tips to keep your boat in top shape this coming season.