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Top 10 Tips For Smooth Boating Safety

Top 10 Tips For Smooth Boating Safety

Boating image from NAPSnet

Boating image from NAPSnet

It is that time of year again, time to go boating. I live 3 miles from a local lake. This is one thing I wished I could do, get on the lake and enjoy the beauty that God created. Being on the lake you can take your family and show them what God Created. Maybe you can share the Creation story with the family while you are out cruising on the lake.

I do like the out doors like going walking around the block, hiking in the woods and mountains and I would enjoy being on the lake too.

When hitting open waters this season, safety should be a top priority for passengers AND the boat itself! Before setting sail, check out these 10 helpful tips to keep everyone onboard and your boat safe.

1. Use and maintain the right safety equipment required by law. Have a U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jacket for each person onboard and one approved throwable device for any boat 16 feet and longer. Keep a fire extinguisher handy for unexpected flames.

2. If you are doing any water sports or out-of-boat activities, make sure someone is in the boat watching everyone in the water and keeping an eye out for any issues.

3. Make sure your boat lights are in working order and always test them before the boat leaves the dock. Carry extra batteries and flashlights as backup.

4. Create an emergency supply kit and keep it handy. Items to include: cell phone, maps, flares, shelf-stable snacks and a first aid kit. Store in a floating pouch in an easily accessible area of the boat.

5. Keep a close eye on the weather and bring a radio. If bad weather is approaching, get off the water early to avoid possible disaster.

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6. Before heading out, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

7. Apply protective sunscreen on exposed AND covered skin. Renew it every couple of hours and after going in the water.

8. Keep your boat shipshape and clean and protect its surfaces with products developed specifically for boat maintenance. Use 303 Citrus Cleaner & Degreaser to safely clean vinyl, leather and plastic. It also offers UVA/UVB blockers for maximum protection from the sun. For an additional layer of UV protection and to help repel water on the boat’s surface, apply 303 Quick Wax. Apply 303 Clear Vinyl Protective Cleaner to enhance visibility and to safely clean and protect against yellowing and cracking of vinyl, clear vinyl, Strataglass™ and Eisenglass.

9. To restore power, maximize fuel economy, prevent ethanol damage, clean the fuel system, and for better water removal from marine engines, many boaters turn to STA-BIL 360° Marine. Used at every fill-up, its unique vapor technology protects above and below the fuel line.

10. Remember to not pollute, as debris could affect wildlife and other boaters.

Learn More

For further advice, go to www.goldeagle.com.

Article compliments of North Ameircan Precis Syndicate (NAPS) Any products mentioned are mention for this article. Use these articles at your own risk. I am not getting paid to share or endorsed any products listed with these tips. I am sharing these tips to help families and give some safety tips. I am sure there are other similar products that will work just as good as the mentioned products. Plus these tips are done up by NAPSnet and used as a guideline.

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Steve Patterson

I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I blog for God here at CourageousChristianFather.com. I serve as a youth leader, van driver and usher at my church. I also serve where ever else may be needed. I am working on a bachelor's degree in Theology. I also like to go out and hand out Gospel of John's and Gospel Tracts. I am a single father with custody of my almost adult child. I am a graphic designer too. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle. I attained the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America in 1994.

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  1. Boating safety is so important on the water. Always wearing a life jacket is a great way to stay safe in case anything were to happen. Thanks for posting this advice!

  2. Hi Steve,

    On top of all these boating safety points, it is necessary to keep yourself in the know when it comes to the sailing world. Attend courses, talk to the right people, read up on the boating news so that you are always informed and aware of the important news.

    This way you will be able to sail with the knowledge and you have everything in place which is required to avoid any accident , allowing you the freedom to enjoy the pleasure of being on the water.

    Thanks and Regards
    William Simpson

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