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June 30, 2011

Remember B-B-S!
Basic Boating Safety


This time of year, when lots of Grady-White families are out on the water, we like to encourage Grady enthusiasts to practice B-B-S (Basic Boating Safety)! Of course, Grady-White builds the safest, most superbly engineered boats on the water by incorporating Grady-Built features into every boat including unsinkable foam flotation, easy-to-grab handholds, sure nonskid decks, toe rails and true self-bailing cockpits among many other things. To help make all your Grady boating memories happy ones, put safety first and your great Grady days on the water will be even better. Here are five simple rules to live by:


1. Wear Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). Make sure PFDs fit all passengers, especially kids and older adults. Modern PFDs are not the cumbersome, bulky “life preservers” of days gone by. They are easy to fit, easy to use and easy to store aboard a Grady-White, and with the new inflatables it really is comfortable for an adult to wear a PFD when underway. Federal regulations as well as most states require all children under 13 to wear a Coast Guard approved PFD whenever on deck if the boat is not anchored or tied to shore. Note that PFDs for kids and older adults are fitted by weight, not age. Take a look at this video to see how to fit the little ones:
How to Select & Fit a Life Jacket on a Child


2. Do a safety check of your boat’s equipment, every single time. Do a quick check on radios, navigation equipment, flares, whistles, your fire extinguisher, first aid kit, emergency tool kit and PFDs before you take off. It’s a good idea to take a cell or satellite phone along, “just in case.” Bear in mind that the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons® offer a free safety vessel check, and there is USCG safety info under “Choose a link” at gradywhite.com.


3. Stay in control of your and your passengers’ safety. You are the captain and safety begins with you. So take charge of behavior including alcohol use and make sure this doesn‘t get in the way of a great day on the water.



4. Let somebody know where you’re going, when you expect to be back, and check what to expect from the weather. This is simple, but you might be surprised how often people forget: Let somebody responsible at the marina or friends and neighbors know your general plans. And every good captain has had a peek at the weather forecast. No need to get caught unaware.



5. If you are not sure about your route navigation before you leave the dock, find out. Every “port of call” has tricks for channel passage that make getting around a safer and easier task. If you are in unfamiliar waters or even in familiar water unvisited in a while, or are unsure about navigation markers, waypoints or GPS tracks, ask someone who knows. Your fellow Grady-White owners or Grady-White dealership staff are great sources of this important information.



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