Memorial Day Weekend is generally recognized as the “unofficial” start of summer. That means three things you can count on this weekend, burgers, beer, and BOATS!
In advance of the increased volume of motor yachts and other boats that will be taking to the waters this Holiday Weekend, on Thursday, Coast Guard officials, along with other agencies including Florida FWC, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the Miami Beach Police Department, held a press conference to give tips on boating safety, and describe their expanded plans for keeping boaters safe.
Officials said that this safety initiative comes during National Safe Boating Week – and in the wake of several deadly accidents in recent weeks across Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Some of the tips that were given during the press conference included: registering your marine beacon and marine radio in an effort to speed post-accident recovery, file a float plan, and have your vessel’s engines and other critical operating systems all checked before heading out.
Here are some other boating safety tips to always keep in mind during this weekend or any other Holiday outing:
- A designated driver when partying on land is smart; on the water, it’s a must! If you do not have your own full-time captain, designate a sober skipper to stay at the wheel for the whole time of the party, and who will be responsible for getting everyone back safely when the display is finished or the party is over.
- Wear life vests. According to the USCG, over 80 percent of drowning can be attributed to not wearing a PFD.
- If you are going to party on your yacht into the wee hours, remember, things look very different at night. The visual navigation markers you rely on during the day may be invisible. Chart your route to your party spot in advance, and if your yacht is so equipped, use GPS-enabled electronics, or FLIR night vision, to help you find it, if necessary.
- If you are headed to see a Holiday fireworks display, always listen to the Coast Guard or other maritime authorities as to where they may direct you to safely anchor, to view fireworks away from sparks and ash.
- It may be very tempting to invite a lot of people for a Holiday Soiree on your yacht. But be conscious of the weight restrictions of your vessel. Do not overload it with more passengers than it is equipped to handle. Do not go by the number of seats, or the number of cabins. Your vessel’s passenger capacity will be found in the owner’s manual.
A Holiday party at sea can be a once in a lifetime experience. Have a great time, and make sure all you create are happy memories, by following some simple safety tips.
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