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The most common type of boating accident is a collision with another vessel, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. To avoid this and other issues on the water, here are some responsible boating tips that will help keep your family and your boat safe.
First, it is the responsibility of all boaters to know the rules of the water. Make sure you take a boating safety course to learn more about navigation rules. Some states have requirements in addition to the federal requirements, so it's good to check the laws in your specific state to learn more.
The most common type of boating accident is a collision with another vessel, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
In addition, you should also:
The U.S. Coast Guard has certain requirements you must follow, which may change depending on the size of your boat:
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As summer days continue to get hotter, a visit to the nearby sea or lake may be a welcome change from the heat inland. If you’ve planned for extra free time during the summer holidays, boating with your family or friends might just be a good idea to add to your list of activities to enjoy this summer. If you already own a boat, remember that boats need extra care during the summer to keep them in ship shape. Remember, a well maintained boat will make your summer trips on the sea much more enjoyable.
To help you have safer, more enjoyable, boating experiences, here are some useful tips that you can use to help you keep your boats in good condition during these scorching summer days.
1. Perform a Full-scale Cleaning
To perform a full-scale cleaning of your boat, you need to buy premium products that will maintain your boat’s surface and gel coat. You can treat and clean the interior of your boat using a vinyl cleaner and polish. It will prevent the interior material from flaking or cracking.
For recommendations on the type of products you should buy to clean your boat, you can ask other boat owners.
2. Apply Protectant
Protectant will protect the boat’s material and gel coat. It will prevent them from fading or oxidizing under the torturous heat of the sun. You should always use a heavy-duty product such as a polymer. You will need to reapply the protectant each time you take your boat out on the water.
3. Maintain Your Boat Regularly
When it comes to maintaining your boat, you should perform a general inspection of your boat on a daily basis. If you love your boat, looking after your boat will become one of your favorite things to do in the summer. You should buy cleaning products that contain polymers. Not only will it protect your boat from the harsh rays of the sun, but it will also protect your boat from harsh chemicals.
4. Always Cover Your Boat
You should always cover your boat when you are not using it. Leaving it exposed to the weather elements is a bad idea. The heat from the sun will increase the oxidation process.
When you are coming back from the water, you should clean your boat before you cover it. You need to clean your boat to remove the salt, bacteria, and grime from it.
Memorial Day is just a few weeks away, which means boat season is upon us! It’s now time put some work into getting your vessel ready to launch. Below we’ve compiled de-winterization steps you’ll need to take to get your boat ready, as well as more general safety and maintenance tips.
Before reading this it is important to note that there are many types and sizes of boats, as this will cover a lot of steps for preparation, you should create your own spring checklist based on the complexities of your particular vessel; just be sure to consult your Owner’s Manual if you are a do-it-yourselfer.
For starters, safety first!
Now let’s get into some pre-launch maintenance and inspection
Docked Boat Inspection
Fuel System Inspection
Engine and Other Systems Inspection
Topsides, Hull, and Deck Inspection
Whether you are relatively new to the sea or a seasoned skipper, you need to have a game plan for getting your boat ready – from basic spring boat maintenance to tackling projects reserved for out of the water.
The best place to be on a sunny summer day is on the water; fisherman would certainly agree. Though, whether you favor the power boat for fishing, the refreshing quality of sailing, or even zippy momentum of jet ski freedom, there's serenity in water-based leisure that propels its infinite popularity. All of the daily worries seem to float away with the waves - until something goes awry and you’re left wondering what to do next.
You have Auto Insurance for your car or truck in the event of accidents. As a boat owner, your boat is vulnerable to risk, just like your car or truck, so it should always be insured and there are two different options that will work for you:
Harris, Reed & Seiferth Insurance Group is an Independent Agency that shops to find you the best value for your insurance dollar. No compromise in coverage or quality, and at renewal we shop again to insure our clients are still receiving the best value for their insurance dollar. If you have more questions, give us a call today to learn more and get a quote.
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