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9 Dos and Don’ts in boating safety and things you did not know

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Doesn’t the idea of a lovely three-day boating in a wonderful old boat sound nice?

Boating Safety: Dos and Don’ts

#1 Do check the price. It may be possible to take an actual, fairly luxurious cruise instead of sailing on one of the oldest boats in America.

#2 Do make sure you fully understand the size of your “room ” on the boat. If you are hoping to have any romantic action in your cabin it would be good to know ahead of time that you and your partner each have a small bunk and these bunks are not on the same wall.

#3 Do know ahead of time if you and your partner can both even stand up at the same time in your “room” on the boat. If the answer is “no” consider other social options.

#4 Don’t leave without checking more than once to make sure you have your luggage. Even though you carefully packed all the social luggage, did yours make it to the boat? If not you will have a fantastic time with no changes of clothing and nothing warmer than a sweatshirt. Don’t leave without all your luggage!

#5 Don’t get on a boat where the crew is planning on having a lot of assistance from you and the rest of the paying customers. Like, for instance, doing your dishes or pulling in ropes and such.

#6 Don’t think you will get everything outlined in the brochure. Will you ever go onto land during this excursion or will you just ride around and around on the boat being quite sure you’ve seen that same shoreline five times in three days?

Do ask the boat crew if you will ever see any of the sea creatures promised and what about the island lobster bake?

#7 Don’t plan on real bathroom facilities and do ask where the shower is. Ha!!

#8 Don’t even think of taking this kind of boat trip if you don’t like small spaces. Not only is the berth area minuscule but there is no other place to play social games or cards except the gallery, also tiny and often being used to fix the meals.

#9 Do consider this social boat trip if you enjoy working while on a very expensive vacation in the smallest accommodations imaginable while possibly seeing no sea life and not eating the promised lobster!

Hope these social work of do’s and don’ts of a boat trip will help you plan a safe travel.

Things not known about the safety of boats

Boat safety is crucial for anyone who enjoys boating, whether for recreational purposes or work-related activities. Here are some things you may not know about boat safety:

  1. Life Jackets Aren’t One-Size-Fits-All:
    • Fact: Life jackets come in various types and sizes. It’s important to choose the right type based on your boating activity and ensure that each passenger has a properly fitting life jacket.
  2. The Importance of Float Plans:
    • Fact: A float plan is a document that outlines your boating trip details, including departure and arrival times, route, and emergency contacts. Sharing this information with someone on shore can be crucial in case of an emergency.
  3. Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is a Serious Offense:
    • Fact: Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in many places. The effects of alcohol can be amplified on the water, and impaired boating poses a serious risk to both the boat operator and others.
  4. Carbon Monoxide Dangers on Boats:
    • Fact: Boats with enclosed cabins or spaces can accumulate carbon monoxide (CO). This colorless, odorless gas can be lethal, so it’s important to ensure proper ventilation and install CO detectors on board.
  5. Weather Conditions Matter:
    • Fact: Weather conditions can change rapidly on the water. Checking weather forecasts before heading out, and being vigilant for changing conditions, is crucial for boat safety. High winds, storms, and rough seas can pose significant risks.
  6. Boating Safety Courses are Available:
    • Fact: Many regions offer boating safety courses that cover navigation, rules of the water, and essential safety practices. Taking a course can enhance your knowledge and skills, making you a safer and more responsible boater.
  7. Emergency Beacons Save Lives:
    • Fact: Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are devices that can send distress signals in emergencies. These beacons can greatly aid search and rescue efforts.
  8. Propeller Safety Awareness:
    • Fact: Boat propellers can cause severe injuries. It’s important to be cautious when around them, especially when swimming or boarding the boat. Using propeller guards and turning off the engine when people are in the water can enhance safety.
  9. The Dangers of Overloading:
    • Fact: Overloading a boat can affect its stability and buoyancy, increasing the risk of capsizing or sinking. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the maximum capacity of your boat.
  10. Regular Maintenance Matters:
    • Fact: Regular maintenance of your boat, including checking the engine, fuel system, and safety equipment, is crucial for ensuring safe operation. Neglecting maintenance can lead to breakdowns or accidents.

Boat safety is a shared responsibility that involves awareness, preparedness, and adherence to safety guidelines. Staying informed about safety measures and adopting responsible boating practices can contribute to a safer and more enjoyable boating experience.

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