The time spent on a boat should be enjoyable and relaxing. After all, you deal with enough stress elsewhere. You deserve a few hours of bliss with friends and family while soaking up some sun. Before your next day of boating, do yourself and the other passengers a favor. Take a long look at what’s inside the boat. Are there plenty of life jackets? What about sound-producing devices in case of an emergency? The last thing you want is to be unprepared when something goes awry. Keep reading for a handy pre-departure boating checklist.
- Life jackets – Boat safety and life jackets go hand in hand. It’s imperative to have at least one Coast Guard-approved life jacket per passenger and at least two on board. Is the boat more than 16 feet long? Then an additional throwable device is also required. Of course, it doesn’t do much good to simply have life jackets at your disposal. Be sure to explain their location and use to all passengers, especially young ones.
- Sound-producing devices – You never want to think about being stranded on the water. That’s why our team recommends having a horn capable of producing a four-second audible blast for at least half a mile on board. It doesn’t hurt, either, to have a portable air horn available. Lastly, feel free to attach a whistle to each life jacket.
- Tools and spare parts – Before heading out on that next boating adventure, double-check that you have a basic toolbox with appropriate tools. Having spares on board is another essential. Remember to have extra fuel filters, light bulbs, head parts, etc. A standard first-aid kit rounds out the tools.
- Fire extinguishers – By now, you’re well-equipped with life jackets, sound-producing devices, and tools. But what about a functional fire extinguisher? Granted, putting out a fire is probably the last thing on your mind when boating. That said, things happen every now and then. So make certain that the fire extinguisher is accessible to all passengers.
- Fuel and oil – You wouldn’t go on a road trip without topping off the gas tank, would you? The same holds true with boating. If for whatever reason you aren’t able to top off the tank, be sure to have enough fuel to provide a reasonable margin of safety for your return.
- Weather forecast – This is a given and yet many boaters wind up making a bad decision. Even if there isn’t a cloud in the sky when you leave the house, check the forecast before boating. Especially in South Florida, afternoon storms can sneak up on us at times. Another idea is to have a radio on board to receive regular weather updates. Is inclement weather forecasted for later in the day? Then it probably makes sense to get an earlier start.
- Rules and documentation – Locate the boat’s papers, radio license, fishing permit, etc. and have it all in one place on board. Boaters should also let someone know on land of their plan for the day. One last piece of advice here: avoid swimming in the marina to prevent electric shock.
- New boat decking – When was the last time you took a long, hard look at your boat’s flooring? Are there spider cracks and other imperfections? Is the surface at all slick or damaged from sunlight? Then you may want to invest in non-skid decking from Marine Customs. Let’s take a closer look at what separates our marine decking from others.
Not Your Average Boat Decking
At Marine Customs, we use only the highest quality of materials. Our team wants those in South Florida to get the most out of their boat. You can count on us to use durable, EVA foam for non-skid safety. Not only that, but our product offers premier wet/dry traction.
It’s our belief that every boat is as unique as its owner. With Marine Customs, there is no “cookie-cutter” approach to how we do things. In order to achieve a perfect fit for your anti-slip decking, we perform a 2D digital scan of your boat which is transcribed into our CAD software. It’s at this stage where the blueprint for your custom project comes together. Are you interested in custom laser engraving? Whether your project is big or small, we can make it happen.
Would you rather template your own boat? Not a problem. Once the fabrication of your non slip decking has been completed, our team ships them to you for a self-installation. Thanks to 3M peel and stick application, there’s no need to worry about an overly complex installation.
Marine Customs, customer-focused and driven by quality, strives to keep boaters and their passengers safe. If your boat’s flooring could use a serious upgrade, we are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to ask about our marine EVA non-skid decking solutions.