Don’t be a statistic
Boating tips to keep you safe on the water
These four general boating maintenance and safety tips could stop you from becoming a statistic:
- The causes of boat sinkings (while at the dock) are varied: In the winter, the number one cause of boat sinkings is due to snow weighing the boat down, thus submerging a cracked or damaged plastic through-hull fitting below the waterline. In the spring, boats most often sink because of missing or damaged hose clamps that were removed in the fall to winterize the engine. The cause of summertime sinkings varies from worn-out underwater fittings to hurricanes. In the fall, leaf-clogged deck drains or scuppers combined with heavy rains cause many sinkings.
- The number one reason for boat fires is faulty wiring: DC wiring problems lead among the causes of boat fires, with shore power faults a close second. Every boater needs to make maintaining his or her boat’s electrical system a priority.
- When it comes to swimming in a marina, just say no: Not wanting to get run down is good reason to not swim in a marina or near a dock, but that’s not the only danger—electric shock drowning is another main concern.
- Hurricane damage can be lessened: Boat owners, clubs and marinas with fully implemented hurricane plans will have less damage. Hauling out the boat is still the best way to reduce damage to boats and docks. Free hurricane planning materials are available at boatus.com/hurricanes.