New Boaters- Seven Safety Tips
For those people who want to know and start in the world of sailing and even those with some experience, we have decided to give you seven important tips related to safe fun on your boat. Of course, all these tips imply having responsibility for your safety, ship, and crew.
Protect Your People and Yourself with Life Jackets.
BoatUS insurers point out that "More than two-thirds of all boating deaths are drowning incidents, and 90% of drowning victims were not wearing a lifejacket." For this reason, you must have a life jacket in your boat that fits the people on the ship. Several companies offer a wide selection of life jackets to suit your needs and marine activities. No matter what your boating activity is, it would be best if a good vest supported you. When looking for a vest, it is recommended to select an inflatable one to avoid the tedious part of inflating it at the moment. Many customers find inflatable life jackets very comfortable and sometimes do not remember they are wearing them.
A help for work, a hand for the boat!
We mean that it is not the same to walk on a sidewalk as on an unstable launching platform. The adage "a help for the job, a hand for the boat" refers to the fact that caution should be exercised when walking on a deck. Most boats are equipped with good handrails or other functions that help you get around, but you can still handle the care. As a precaution, we can see how sailboats are usually equipped with jack lines. Jack lines are those strong straps that run fore and aft on both sides of the boat. The crew members can be attaching a leash to the jack lines, which, in turn, is attached to a harness that they use to move around. This is an excellent option if you will experience adverse weather conditions at a high-altitude sea.
Be the Dominant of “Your Ship”.
As the owner/operator of your boat, you are legally responsible for any injuries your guests may suffer on board. Therefore, while you are in a risky activity or any activity, it is recommended to be aware of everything that happens on your boat. Try to detect and correct dangerous situations before they become a problem; that is, you can implement rules to time to board. It is advised that you have a group of lines left on the deck, an open hatch, also an available lifeline door. Without a doubt, boats by their nature are always at risk. So, let's be careful of our guests without being a "spoilsport."
Be one with your ship
As the owner, it is your responsibility to know your boat very well and be prepared for any circumstance. For example, can you handle your boat in very rough conditions? Do you know where each of the thru-hull valves is located? Can you make simple repairs to your boat's engine should a need arise? If a member of your ship's crew fell overboard, could you save it and get it back up? Do you know the location of essential items such as your boat fire extinguisher, VHF radio, medical kit, light switches, hatches, tool kit? Can you find all of the above or perform the above in the dark? It is essential that you keep this in mind and start learning it.
¡No Jump Please!
This "tip" is another way of saying, "Be the captain of your ship." since we refer to the behavior of the guests when they are on the dock. For whatever reason, some people consider jumping over the water to land on the pier to help you as it approaches. When this maneuver is successful, the guest will feel like a hero, but if not, he may fall and even end up badly injured. For the sake of your guests and to avoid a wrong time, these actions should be avoided. Instead, we suggest that you learn to operate your boat in tight spaces and slow down when approaching a dock. Also, teach people to wait and be patient until their ship is parked correctly.
Know and put a “Designated Driver”
Almost half of all boating accidents involve the act and consumption of alcohol. In most states, it is known that it is illegal to operate a boat with a blood alcohol content in the range of .08%. The penalties for sailing under the influence of alcohol can be substantial; for that reason, it is essential that you clarify which person another navigator may be in your boat.
Outfit Your Boat with Required USCG Gear
Sailing is an activity that requires much necessary equipment. The equipment needed for the USCG contains life jackets, fire extinguishers, visual distress signals, sound-producing devices, contamination posters, and other equipment. In addition to safety equipment, if you operate your boat at night, you will also need a set of navigation lights. Therefore, you must take all of this into account.