BE MISTAKE FREE THIS SUMMER

Whether you’re a new boater or a veteran captain, mistakes can happen (and boy have we seen our fair share of them). Lucky for you, a lot of these “oops” moments can be easily avoided. Here are a few of the most common ones we see, and what you can do to prevent them from happening to you.

1) LAUNCHING THE BOAT WITHOUT PUTTING IN THE PLUG

Forgetting the plug is the most common mistake people make. Usually, the excitement of putting in your boat trumps the thought of putting in your plug. Here’s a simple rule to follow: don’t assume the plug is in and always double check. If you’re trailering your boat, we recommend putting your plug in an obvious location (tie it to your steering wheel for example) when taking it out so you can’t miss it when the time comes to drop it back in.

2) OVERLOADING THE BOAT

Every boat has a capacity limit dictated by either a number of people or weight limit. This mistake is avoided by knowing what the boat’s capacity is and managing the people on board.

3) BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

There is something to be said about a boat ride while enjoying your favorite beverage. However, there is a difference between doing that and being irresponsible. Similar to a car, you can’t operate a boat while intoxicated. Michigan’s legal blood alcohol limit while driving the boat is .08 or above. If you’re above that, you will be getting a BUI (Boating Under the Influence). Stay safe!

4) SPILLING FUEL

Nothing is more frustrating than filling up your boat with a standard 5-gallon gas can only to spill gas all over the place. This is usually the result of a defective nozzle on the can. Simple solution: Safety Siphon. Check out the video.

5) FAILURE TO BE COAST GUARD APPROVED

If your summers are spent on the water, chances are you will be pulled over by the sheriff or Coast Guard at some point. It’s standard for them to do random safety checks on unsuspecting boaters and if you don’t have the required equipment on board, it could result in a ticket. Don’t let this be you! Click HERE to see what you need to be Coast Guard approved.

FYI: There is a new Coast Guard app that will notify the Coast Guard in a case of an emergency and help them locate you on the water. It also works on inland waterways, as the Coast Guard will notify the appropriate local authorities. Click here for more information.

Author:

jathan

I've always been a water sports nut since I strapped on my first pair of skis as a kid. I skied for Grand Valley State University which only fueled my passion more. I believe boating brings an incomparable amount of joy so going to "work" is more my hobby.

Questions? Let’s chat!