Summer has one motto: Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out.
What better way to enjoy the gorgeous weather than on a boat. The breeze on the water, jumping out into the lake, fishing off the side, are all some of the quintessential summer activities. Now that the summer weather is here to stay it’s time to take the cover off your boat, or other personal watercraft and hit the water.
But before you head out to enjoy the cottage or just a day on the lake it’s important to prepare how will you be safe on the water. As everyone is eager to get back to boating and cruising around, it means the lakes are busier than ever. Before getting behind the throttle everyone needs a refresher on the tips to keep you and those around you safe while on the water.
Boat Maintenance Tips
The winter months take a toll on everything, our roadways, our homes, and our vehicles. Even our boats and personal watercraft that have been stored away for the season are affected. The cold temperatures can cause cracks in the hull or the engine tubing. The weight of these crafts sitting in one spot can also cause damage.
Before you head out on the water be sure to follow these boat safety maintenance tips:
- Perform a thorough walkthrough. Look for cracks, rust, loose gaskets, and any other visible damage.
- Check the engine. Ensure the engine starts up correctly, look for any sign of leaking, overheating, or excessive rattling.
- Inspect electrical systems. Make sure all boat safety lighting is functional.
- Look over canvas canopies. Make sure there are no rips or tears that could cause the canopy to fly off while boating.
Water Safety Tips
Boating is a fun way to enjoy the summer weather but while you’re having fun it important to stay safe while boating. Here are some tips for how to stay safe on both a boat and a personal watercraft.
- Every boat needs to have 6 essential pieces of safety equipment on board. These include,
- Life-jacket or other Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
- Floating Water Line
- Visual Distress Signal (i.e Flares)
- Auditory Distress Signal (i.e Whistle)
- Re-boarding Device
- Waterways are extremely busy this time of year with other boaters, paddle boarders, people tubing, the list goes on. It is important to remain vigilant of your surroundings when operating a boat.
- Getting on and off of a boat can be hazardous, especially when surfaces are wet, the water is rough, or the dock and boat are at different heights. You should always enter and exit from the middle of the boat by placing your foot onto the surface and then slowly transferring your weight.
- Storing your boat safely while it is not in use is just as important. Be sure to correctly tie your boat to the dock to keep it from floating away or banging against the dock in rough water. You should have tight, secure knots, and buoys to protect the boat from the hard edges of the dock.
Personal Watercraft (PWC) Safety
- PWC are small compact vehicles with a lot of power. However, they don’t have a lot of room to store safety equipment. Every PWC must have the following safety equipment,
- Navigation Lights
- Auditory Distress Signal (i.e Whistle)
- Emergency Engine Cutoff Lanyard–attached to the rider
- Water Flashlight or 3 Flares
- Buoyant heaving line at least 15 meters long
- PWCs can reach speeds much faster than the average boat. This means there is a greater likelihood of collisions. It is important to only drive for the conditions of the water and always pay attention to your surroundings.
- PWC can only be operated a half-hour before sunrise and a half-hour after sunset. Although there are no speed limits on the water, excessive speeding or racing is not permitted.
- It’s important to store your PWC securely. It can become hazardous to other boaters if your vessel gets loose and drifts into the middle of lake traffic.
Boat Docking Experts
One way to ensure your vessel is always safe is to have a solid-built, secure dock. Roll-N-Go Canada has the best options for those looking for an easy and secure dock option for their PWC, boat, or pontoon.
Our jet ski ramp offers on-shore dry storage, keeping your JetSki and PWC secure, and allows for easy cleaning and refueling. Our boat ramp systems use the same principle. Users drive the boat to shore then use a simple wrench cable to pull the boat out of the water. This keeps your boat free from damage during storms. These systems are great alternatives to large docks by providing storage options without taking away valuable frontage.
It’s your job to stay safe on the water, and a Roll-N-Go dock’s job to keep your vessels safe and secure out of water.