Keeping Safe on the Water with Safety and Survival Products
Be prepared when you hit the waters, so you can enjoy your time out there with family and friends. Before you ever get on the water, you will want to check over your boat to make sure its in good condition and working. Not to mention making sure you have the items you will need in case of any emergency. If not you may get stranded out in the open water. It could be hours or even days before anyone can find you. The items in our Safety and Survival category can and will help you in any situation. We offer everything from coastal/offshore life rafts for the oceanic weekender to boating safety videos just to help increase your knowledge when it comes to marine safety and survival. We have fire suppression systems for accidental fires and survival kits. We even carry a large selection of PFDs for your little ones and yourself.
Vessel Safety Checklist
When claiming ownership over a boat, it is important for boaters to put their boats on constant maintenance so it can remain safe for them and additional passengers. Boat owners can 1. Registration numbers must be clearly visible on the hull registration numbers will be on the front sides of the hull, on both the port and starboard sides. Make sure the lettering is in a readable font with a color that contrasts the background. For instance, if it were a white boat, you would want dark lettering (black, charcoal gray, etc.). 2. Official documents and papers must be on board at all times just as you would keep official documentation and registration in your car's glove compartment, you must do the same for your boat. Keep the papers on the boat so it is easy to verify certification and ownership. 3. Always make sure there are a sufficient number of Personal Flotation Devices life jackets are perhaps one of the more crucial objects to keep on board at all times. Life jackets must be U.S. Coast Guard approved and must be suitable sizes for all ages and weights. Depending on what kind of vessel, you will need certain types of life vests. 4. Visual Distress Signals in any critical emergency, possessing a visual distress signal (specifically a flare/flare gun) will help to save your life and the lives of others. It is suggested to have three days and three night pyrotechnic devices. In less critical situations, such as a passenger falling into the water, every boat should contain one-day non-pyrotechnic device, such as a portable orange distress flag. Other recommended devices for various scenarios include strobe lights, signal mirrors, flashlights, and lanterns. 5. At least one fire extinguisher should be on board depending on the size of your boat, you may need two or more. Fire extinguishers come in certain grades. Keep in mind, the grade of the fire extinguisher depends on the length of the boat. The requirements are as followed: a. 26' and below = one B-1 extinguisher b. 26 to 40' = two B-1/one B-2 c. 40' to 65' = three B-1/one B-1 & one B-2 6. All boats must have proper ventilation installed whether you have gasoline engines in closed compartments or fuel tank compartments, ventilation is required. You can choose between natural or powered ventilation. Ventilation will keep your boat from taking serious damage or causing harm to others. There are several other qualifications and requirements that you must keep in mind when getting a vessel safety check, such as obtaining navigation lights, sound producing devices, backfire flame control, and so on. We do recommend seeking out the advice of a local dealership or mechanic in this process.
Coast Guard Safety Checklist
In the boating industry we have the very seasoned boater, like myself, and we have the newer people just getting into the best activity out there. With boating being pretty dangerous, if not properly prepared, the USCG has provided a Vessel Safety Checklist (VSC) that must be approved by a certified Examiner.
This checklist is for your own safety as well as the safety of others.