Boating Safety Tips: Make Precautions and Carry the Basic Safety Tools

Canadian Coast Guard Crest. Image Credit: Canadian Coast Guard.

Whether you are boating as a hobbyist or as a professional, you should never compromise boating safety. Boaters should know better than to go boating on a device that is not properly equipped with safety equipment, but for some reason avoidable accidents still occur. It is common sense to be safe than sorry, but due to a high number of accidents, new marine safety inspections for ships and yachts are about to be implemented in parts of Europe, Russia, and Canada this 2011.

Make the necessary preliminary precautions

While still on land, make sure that you take your time to properly prepare for sailing. This applies to both novices and experienced boaters, no matter how far you are sailing. Always check the weather and know the route you will be travelling. If the weather is not favorable, you best rethink and take another course.  For example, if one is sailing in Turkey, it makes sense to know the Turkish coasts before embarking on the trip.

Next, ensure that your vessel is in top shape. Check the bow thrusters, marine propellers, shaft and rudder systems, as well as the engines. Do not go boating when your vessel is anything less than tip-top condition. If you notice anything wrong, make sure to have it repaired immediately. It is always beneficial to have your repairs done by an expert such as Eris Propellers, for propeller repair.

Carry the basic sailing safety tools

No matter how experienced you are, there may always be a chance of encountering the unexpected. That is why you should always bring personal gear with basic safety tools, such as:

–          Sailing knife – This will help with cutting nylon lines or opening shackle pins that are stuck.

–          Needle-nose pliers – These will help in tightening or loosening grip on shackle pins.

–          Mini light with night lens – A small light that can easily fit into the palm of your hand can easily check dark areas and crevices.

–          Compass – This will allow you to crosscheck your position and the steering direction of the vessel.

–          Sailcloth strips – This is for the headsail or furled mainsail.

Do not bring more than you can carry with you. With compact gear, you can survive and address emergencies at once, rather than rummaging around to find the proper tools.

Eris Propellers believes that your safety in the seas is of primary importance. It wouldn’t hurt to be extra safe by following these easy tips, right?

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