ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 26, 2013 – Landlubbers make resolutions for the New Year. Recreational boaters, however, will usher in 2014 wishing for good fishing, wind in the sail, or a full tank of fuel. But that’s not all that sometimes happens on the water. Murphy and his “law” make appearances. “It’s hard to track some of these things, because no one likes to admit it,” said BoatUS Vice President Public Affairs Scott Croft. “But based on past experience, we know some of these boating ‘moments’ will happen to boat owners in the New Year, so we’ve gathered some tools and tips to avoid these troubles.”
Whether it’s a motorboat prop or a sailboat keel, for many boaters it’s not a question of if you will strike the bottom, but when. The good news is most boat groundings are not serious. Boat owners can practice this winter staying out of thin water by using an online boating simulator at www.BoatUS.org/games
. If the worst still happens, a good back up plan is to have an on the water boat towing
plan and a solid boat insurance
policy with full salvage coverage.
Go on the wrong side of the marker:
Street signs for boaters are much different than those for motorists. Here’s an online “toolbox” with nautical rules of the road, along with many other practical safety topics: www.BoatUS.com/foundation/toolbox
Swim from a marina dock
:Other than the issue of dangerous boating traffic, electric shock drowning as a result of poorly-maintained 110V dock and boat shore power wiring is a threat to swimmers near docks with electrical power: To learn about “ESD,” go to the online story: “ESD Explained: What every boater needs to know aboutElectric Shock Drowning,”
Pay a lot of money for fuel
: There isn’t a power boater who does not talk about the price of fuel they just put in the tank. In the New Year boaters can save up to 10 cents per gallon of fuel at over 350 BoatU.S. Cooperating Marinas across the country: www.BoatUS.com/ServiceLocator
Put a child in a wrong-size life jacket:
It’s a big mistake to put a child in an adult-sized life jacket, especially when you may be able borrow one for free at one of 570 locations across the country. Find a kids jacket loaner site near you with the BoatUS Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner program: www.BoatUS.org/life-jacket-loaner
Do you have a way to get back in the boat? Here’s a look of the different types of boat ladders and some video showing how difficult it can be to get back aboard – even on small boats: www.BoatUS.org/findings/44/
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits that include marina and West Marine shopping discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating.