Nothing can take away from a fun time out on the seas than when your boat or yacht has a serious breakdown. The thing that really makes this worse is that many of the issues you could experience on the water are avoidable. Boatmo.com, a US based yacht for sale listing site, says take time to look over this boating safety checklist and you significantly reduce the chances of anything going wrong while you are out with family or friends on the water.
Make sure before the boat leaves the shore that you have all your safety equipment in order. Flotation devices and life jackets are just some of the things that should be plentiful on your boat in the event that something were to go wrong out at sea. No matter how great a driver you might be, you can never be too careful miles out at sea.
Check to see that the tank is full of gas before you leave for your trip and always know where the nearest fuel stations may be. In the event that one station is closed or out of fuel, it is always a good idea to have the names and numbers of other stations so you can make a beeline there if you run low during the day.
If you have not done so already, you need to get together with a boat mechanic who can give your boat a full inspection every few months. The reason being is that they can spot trouble while it is still a small repair rather than it becoming a full blown emergency while you are out with a boat full of people miles from the safety of the shores.
Keep all your alcohol at home and never mix drinking and driving under any conditions. Just like driving a car, your ability to make decisions becomes impaired when drinking alcohol and you could hit a swimmer, another boat, or a sand bar and cause serious injury to your guests.
Bring along a fully charged phone or a satellite phone on the trip. There are some areas a regular cellphone will not get reception, and when every second counts as a storm is bearing down on you, you want a phone that will have a connection to the land as quick as possible.
Now that you know how to avoid potential trouble out on the water, make a mental note to look this list over frequently so you don’t relax and allow trouble to occur when you are not paying attention.