As a boat owner, your responsibility when driving your boat is keeping you, your passengers, and everyone on the water safe. Take the following tips to heart and you will make certain that your time on the water will be memorable for you and everyone on board.
Before the boat pulls away from the shore, take the time to fill the tank with fuel and make a note of all the service stations you will be passing on your trip today. This way, if one of the stations is out of fuel or closed, you can easily slip to the next without issue or concern.
Make sure that every passenger in the boat is wearing a life jacket before you head out. There is no excuse for not wearing a life jacket because even the most experienced swimmers could encounter trouble on the water in turbulent seas. A knock on the head, a slip off the boat, and without a jacket this person could be lost under the crashing waves. Never leave the safety of the shore unless all passengers are wearing life vest and have them securely in place too.
Never drink alcohol and drive your boat. Just like how drinking and driving a motor vehicle is illegal, the same applies on the water. Not only can your boat be boarded and you tested for drinking, you run the risk of severely hurting someone because of your inability to see clearly. Swimmers, other boaters, tubers, water skiers, there are just too many people at risk of injury when you are driving drunk.
Make sure that you bring a fully charged cellphone on board and keep it in a waterproof container to be used in the event of emergency. If you can afford a satellite phone, this is an even safer alternative in case there is no signal miles from shore.
Leave word with someone who will be at home where you plan on traveling for the day. This is a great way to ensure emergency personnel can find your boat quickly without having to scour miles of open seas looking for the boat.
Now that you have an idea of how to keep everyone safe on the water, keep working this list and you will be able to enjoy your time more easily.