Stay Safe ... And LegalBy Michael Vatalaro
Published: Spring 2014
You won't pass a vessel safety check without these items onboard.
Life Jackets For Everyone
A properly fitting and serviceable jacket for all passengers, as well as a throwable device for boats over 16 feet.
A single Coast Guard-approved B-1 rated extinguisher satisfies the requirements for motorized boats.
Visual Distress Signal
If your boat is less than 16 feet, you only need a nighttime signaling device. If your boat is longer than 16 feet, you need both day and night signals. Different rules apply on small bodies of water, but it’s always wise to carry them.
Horn, whistle or other sound making device to alert other boaters if you need assistance or to signal a warning.
Considerations For Inboards
Boats with inboards must have a ventilation system, plus carburetor motors require a back-fire flame arrestor.
Hard-won advice from a search-and-rescue expert on staying safe when the weather kicks up
Today's modern, GPS-equipped EPIRBs and PLBs could be your lifesaver in an emergency. Here's how they work
A boating safety course teaching practical skills for those who don't need have the same level of experience as a captain
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BoatUS Recommends You Should Also Have:
- First-Aid Kit
- VHF Radio
- Extra Water/Food
- Charged Cell Phone
- Tool Kit
- Sun Protection
- Float Plan
BoatUS sponsors the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Power Squadrons voluntary Vessel Safety Checks. For more info, www.safetyseal.net