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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.

Safety & Survival How-Tos

Boating Safety: Homeland Security Restrictions

This video will show ways to avoid alarming Homeland Security while boating.

Video Transcript
Hey everybody it's Rob Nelson. Homeland security now is a big force. If you're a boater you want to make sure you don't get into trouble with them and there's a few things you should and shouldn't do, and that's why we made this video. So check this out.
Homeland security is vital to all of us and they need our help in keeping our waterways safe and secure. Here's how you can help and stay out of serious trouble. Never approach any US naval vessel within 100 yards. And if you're within 500 yards, slow to a minimum speed. If you really need to pass within 100 yards of a US naval vessel for safe passage, you must contact the US naval vessel or the US Coast Guard escort vessel on VHF FM Chanel 16.
Avoid all security zones such as commercial port areas, military, cruise lines and or patrolling facilities. Avoid other restricted areas near dams and power plants. And don't stop or anchor beneath bridges or in the channel.
Now if you like that clip, you're probably going to see the whole video which you can do at It's a great little site where you can get certified in boat safety and of course everybody out there leave comments. We love to hear what you think of the videos and the topics and stuff like that. So see you next time. Bye.

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.

Boating Safety Tips

It's gorgeous outside and you must be eager to get on the water. Sometimes we are too excited about what lies ahead to really prepare for the adventures, excitement and necessary safety steps associated with boating. Here is a short and easy list of preparations to consider prior to boating to ensure a safe venture to sea!

e. Comply with absolutely all signs and respect barriers, including speed limits, no-wake zones, etc.
f. Don't drink and boat, or consume any other kind of mind-altering substances while you are boating. These impair your ability to reason and make sound judgment. Almost half of all boating accidents involve alcohol.

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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.

Boat Length

No Fixed System

With Fixed System

Less then 26'

One B-1


26' to less then 40'

Two B-1 or one B-2

One B-1

40' to 65'

Three B-1 or

one B-1 & one B-2

Two B-1 or

one B-2

Hurricane Boat Preparation - 5 Crucial Guidelines To Avoid Disaster

Every boat owner always dreads the thought of being in the centre of a hurricane. Sadly, however much we would just love to avoid the situation; this natural catastrophe is bound to happen at some point in time. Unfortunately, the timing

To come up with the most feasible strategy, it is necessary to think of the following steps:

No perfect way exists in regard to safeguarding a boat in case of disaster. All that a person can do is planning ahead and always being on standby. Many boat owners plan ahead by protecting the boat through installation of boat fenders, shatterproof windows, waterproofing and more. Unfortunately, due to the strong attachment or the boat being their home, they will stay put when a hurricane strikes. Well, the golden rule when it comes to hurricane boat preparation is always staying away from the vessel. In fact, don't be anywhere near the water.

Capsizing, Swamping, or Falling Overboard

This Boat-Ed safety course video discusses the dangers of falling overboard, capsizing, and swamping. Minimize risks by following safe practices such as never overloading a boat, and requiring that passengers sit properly within the boat and not on the gunnel, bow, or transom.

Video Transcript
Despite ideal weather conditions passengers fall overboard and many boats capsized or swamped. This causes more than half of all boating fatalities. You can minimize the risk of capsizing, swamping and falling overboard. Just practice some simple precautions.
Capsizing usually occurs when a boat operator takes a sudden or sharp high speed turn so always maintain a prudent speed. Swamping is often the result of overloading or boating in hazardous weather conditions. Pay attention to your boat's load capacity and the weather.
Keep your passengers from going overboard. Don't let them sit on the gunnel or transom. Stand or lean out of the boat while underway. Another important way to prevent accidents is to stay alert, failure to stay alert and pay attention to your surroundings are major causes of collisions.
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