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Boat Safety 101: Powerboat Pre-Departure Checklist

Last updated 4 years ago

Taking the family on a powerboat ride on the ocean is always a thrilling experience. In order to maximize the fun, however, it is important for boat owners to take every precaution before leaving the marina. If you’ve recently bought a powerboat, or considering doing so in the near future, keep this pre-departure checklist in mind.

Maintenance Check Like cars, boats require regular maintenance to operate their best. Before you plan an outing, you should take a quick look at your maintenance log and determine if your boat is due for a checkup. If it’s been awhile since your boat has gotten an oil change, you should get it serviced before you take it on the water.

Legal Requirements Complying with boating laws is the best way for you and your crew to stay safe on the water. In order to avoid a costly citation, you should have your boat registration properly displayed. It’s also important for the pilot of the powerboat to hold a Boater Education Card. 

Safety Equipment Without the proper safety equipment, you could put your crew at risk. In the event that you face an unexpected situation, you should be able to easily access life vests, a fire extinguisher, an air horn, a visual distress signal, and other potentially life-saving devices. Experts also recommend checking the weather forecast before departure.  

Navigation Equipment Keeping tabs on your exact location is one of the most important aspects of boating. To avoid getting lost, you should have a GPS, compass, and coastal maps. Most powerboat owners also take a tide book to reduce their chances of getting stranded at low tide.

For more information on powerboat safety, call the experts of Yarmouth Boat Yard at (877) 401-3461. After helping you find the perfect new or used boat from our selection, we’ll gladly provide you with the parts, service, and advice you need to have a fun and safe outing every time.  


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