Optional boating safety equipment is like icing on the safety cake, but in the event that the worst happens, it may make all the difference in the world.
The Coast Guard requirements meet the essential ingredients for boating safety, but the following items increase your odds of staying safe on the water or may ensure a speedy rescue.
Optional (but important) boating safety equipment includes:
- VHF-FM Marine Radio
- EPIRB or PLB (Emergency Positioning Indicator)
- Nautical Charts
- GPS / Radar
- Throwable Life Ring
- Distress Signal Devices (Flares)
- Day Distress Signals
- Day/Night Combination Signals
- Distress Kit
Treat these items as if you were a pilot in pre-flight. Check off and make sure:
- That these items are present – some items grow legs and run off. Check each time to be sure you are prepared.
- That they appear to be in functioning order. You may not be able to test your flares, but ensuring that they appear to be in ready condition is steps ahead.
- That you show your guests where certain emergency items are kept. You may even want to assign a first mate and teach that person how to work your marine radio.
BuyMarine wants you on the water for many, many years to come. Let’s make sure boating safety becomes a habit.
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