One thing Grady-White is passionate about is designing and constructing the ultimate seaworthy boat with a focus on safety. Hand in hand with a well-crafted, reliable, seaworthy boat, National Safe Boating Week reminds us all that proper planning and smart decisions when you’re on the water are the first steps in safe boating.
File a Plan
Before you head out for a day of fun take a moment and make a plan. Let someone know your plan and what time you intend to return to the dock. The US Coast Guard offers a simple form that provides a designated person on shore with all the information needed, just in case you don’t return as scheduled. Click here to download the fillable PDF.
Proper Safety Gear
Proper, well-fitting flotation devices are an important aspect of safe boating. You should always have a proper fitting life vest for everyone on board. To ensure the vest fits properly, check that it fastens properly with all straps, buckles or zippers secure. The final test–hold your arms up over your head and ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and pull up. A properly fitting life vest should not come off. This is especially important for children who should not wear an adult life vest for this very reason. There are many different types of flotation devices. Click here to review the US Coast Guard's recommendations for choosing the right life vest.
Know the Rules
Operator inexperience is another important factor when boating. Be sure you are familiar not only with all the rules of the water but also with the boat you are driving. Even if you are an experienced boater, when driving a boat you’re not familiar with, take a little time to go over the boat before you leave the dock. This will allow you to take action quickly if a problem arises.
Safe Boating Week is a good time to make sure your boat is equipped with all the necessary safety devices. Take inventory, check your fire extinguishers, and flares. While we hope you never need them, its always better to be prepared.