April 20, 2014

Safety Checklist

Keep this page with your boat, ready for inspection. By using this checklist, or one fine-tuned by yourself, you'll be sure that everything is on board and in good working order. Your passengers will appreciate knowing you're concerned about boating safety.

Float plan--let a friend or relative know when you're leaving, where you're going, when you expect to return, what to do if you don't, and a description of your boat

 Registration certificate or documentation

 Personal Flotation Devices (wearable and throwable)--USCG approved, good condition, readily accessible, assigned and fitted

 Fire Extinguishers--right number, size, and class for boat; charged, not corroded, nozzle clear, bracketed, readily accessible

 Visual Distress Signals--current dates on flares, proper number, batteries good if lights or EPIRB

 Anchors and Line--adequate anchor for bottom, adequate line for water depth

 Bilge device --bilge pump operable, alternative bailing device available

 Watch or clock--operable

 Bright flashlight or searchlight

 Navigation lights --tested and operable, spare bulbs

 Batteries--fully charged, encased in plastic boxes or terminals covered, securely fastened down

 Sound-producing device--horn, whistle appropriate for boat

 Alternate propulsion--paddle or oar

 First Aid Kit

 Tools, spare outboard prop and lock nut

 Compass

 Sunscreen

 Weather Radio


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