Tips For Boaters

Use a Checklist Before Getting Underway

Published in the October 2012 Issue Published online: Oct 12, 2012
Viewed 164 time(s)

Keeping track of appointments or events has become more complex in a very over-scheduled world. A list of reminders added to the calendar on the refrigerator or in the smartphone can help make sure nothing is forgotten. When it comes to leisure time, a checklist is still valuable, especially when heading out on the water.

Create a pre-underway checklist like the Coast Guard Auxiliary has for their boat crews. Each time before a boat leaves the dock the entire crew reviews a standardized checklist together. Once all the items on the list are checked off it is time to get underway.

It does not have to be complicated; this is just an example of a pre-underway checklist you could use:

 Driver's license

 Current registration papers and boating safety course completion card

 Check fuel supply and oil level

 Working proper navigation lights for night operations

 Enough life jackets, the right size forvall

 Marine radio

 GPS

 Float plan left in your vehicle or with a friend

 Other emergency equipment such as flares, first aid kit, signaling devices and tools

If something does not add up it is okay not to get underway. It is always better to choose safety than take a risk with your life or the lives of your passengers.

You May Also Be Interested In...

March 30, 2015

Larson Escape 25 TTT Triple DC

You can get a feel for the high-end quality when you first take a glance at this Escape pontoon, but you can’t truly appreciate the attention to detail until you spend some time onboard.
March 27, 2015

Spring Boat Preparation

Getting the boat ready for the season is a lot like getting the boat ready to sell. You want it to look good and operate without any problems.
March 26, 2015

Rapala's got the hot bait for that cold water

Cold weather got you down? Do you have the urge to go fishing, but afraid that the fish ain't gonna bite? Rapala's got your back.
March 25, 2015

Pelican ProGear: PDB TESTED No. 163

The Sport Wallet from Pelican allows you to keep just the essentials with you when boating.
March 24, 2015

Double Whammy of accolades for BRP and Evinrude

At the 2015 Miami International Boat Show, BRP and Evinrude showcased their alternative fuel biobutanol and were awarded the NMMA 2015 Innovation Award.
Follow us on Facebook!  Follow us on Instagram!  Follow us on Twitter!  Follow us on YouTube!