5 Common Boating Mistakes
Happy boating season! It doesn’t matter if you’re a new boater or a veteran, mistakes can happen! Lucky for you, a lot these “uh oh” moments can be avoided just by taking precaution. Check out our list of common boating mistakes and how you can avoid them!
Launching the Boat Without Putting in the Plug
This is by far the most common mistake we hear about people making. Typically, those who have suffered from this mistake were so excited to get out on the water that the thought of putting in the plug just slipped their mind. Especially when using a boat lift, a plug can often be out of sight, out of mind! The thing to remember when it comes to the plug is that you SHOULD NEVER assume that the plus is in, and you should ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK.
Every boat has a capacity. Abide by that capacity. This one is simple but so many times when out on the water we see a boat full of people with a capacity way over the boat’s limit. This is easily avoidable though! If you want to spend the day with a lot of people, have a cookout and take the boat out in groups so that everyone gets a chance to enjoy the water, but you also don’t risk ruining your craft or endangering your passengers.
Don’t Drink & Drive
There is nothing more relaxing than boating and enjoying your favorite beverage! However, it is even better to have a safe boating experience. Just as you can be charged with a DUI for driving under the influence, you can also be charged with a BUI, or boating under the influence. The best way to avoid this mistake is simple, bring your favorite soft drink on the water instead.
Don’t Get Messy
So let’s be honest. Fuel for your boat isn’t exactly cheap, and it is very unfortunate when you spill over half of it everywhere. Take advantage of a newer gas can, one that has a safety feature that will minimize spilling! Or take advantage of the local marina with gas pumps built into their slips for easy re-fueling!
If you spend a lot of time on the water this Summer, you will need to be prepared. Not only will you need to be prepared for emergencies but also for those random safety inspections by the coast guard or your local authorities. If you fail these random inspections, you are likely to be hit with a nice fine and ticket. Avoid those and be prepared!
Don’t be one of the many who fall victim to these common boating mistakes each year. It is easy to avoid and will take minimal effort from you to ensure that you have a fun and safe boating season!