The pre-departure checking of a recreational boat is generally done by your instructor or operator of the boat. The captain will also go through a complete USCG safety equipment check. Before starting your boat ride, it’s essential to run a thorough checking of all safety equipment, tow rope for water sports, emergency backups, and first aid kit. The sailing condition of the boat should also be examined carefully. These pre-departure checks will make your travel stress-less and enjoyable.
What is USCG?
The United States Armed Forces’ maritime security, The United States Coast Guard (USCG) search and rescue, and law enforcement service division, and one of the country’s eight uniformed services. Rules for safety and security made by USCG have to be followed while traveling through waters.
Certain safety measures have to be strictly maintained while boating; these are enlisted below.
The boat has to be well equipped with USCG-approved life jackets for water sports and floating devices for any kind of emergency purpose. Passengers should be trained before boarding about the safety measures. They should be aware of where the life jacket and floating devices are kept.
Horns and whistles
You should have a 4-second air horn that can be heard up to a half-mile away. Make sure you have a spare air can or another sound aid while using portable air horns. Whistles should be included in any life jacket.
Check fuel and oil availability
Check to see if the fuel tanks are full. You have to be sure that you are carrying enough gas for your trip, including any detours. Both engine oils and coolants should have their levels tested.
Fire on your boat would be disastrous. The risks are huge if you don’t put it out right away. Bring a fire extinguisher in case of an emergency. At the very least, each boat should have one. Make sure the fire extinguisher is correctly installed as well.
Inspection of dock lines
Make sure that on board, you have extra dock lines in case you have trouble docking when you get back. Examine all dock lines for any injury. Have spare fenders on hand.
Check to see if any of the batteries are charging properly. On your ships, keep spare batteries on hand to power accessories like radios and navigation systems. If you’re going on a boat ride, make sure your rechargeable batteries are fully charged.
Essential tools of boat
Any equipment you may use to make an emergency repair should be kept in a boat toolbox. Often have spares onboard, such as fuses, lamps, fuel filters, and everything else that is easily damaged or broken. I also suggest that you carry a flashlight with you
Take a look at the weather forecast before you go. It is always preferable to set up your onboard radio to receive weather alerts.
As you get prepared with all these safety measures, you are good to go on your boating trip.