Common Sense Boating United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Southport
It is amazing when boaters stop and ask “How do I get to
Wilmington?", or some other port. The smart answer is go to
Intra-Coastal Waterway number 1 and turn left, but the
correct answer is a question, “are you prepared?”
The other day a boater stopped and asked that very question.
After looking at the boat and the number of people in the boat
the captain was asked several questions. It was found that
they were totally unprepared for that trip, or really for
Common sense boating starts with preparation on the part of not
only the captain, but the crew as well. Make sure that you have
the following equipment on board as a minimum.
- Life Jackets for everyone and that they will fit everyone
- A bucket to bail water if necessary
- A whistle or horn to signal a distress situation or the need
- A radio for updated weather and assistance
- A chart of the local area with water depths
Leave a short float plan with a neighbor as to where you are going
and when you plan to return. Include your boat name and a
description if possible as well as a cell phone number.
Common sense boating means that you are responsible for your boat
and your crew and that you will do everything possible to insure a
safe and pleasant day on the water.
Boat Smart...Boat Safe...Wear It!
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