Night boating is a fun and relaxing way for Annapolis, MD residents to take a break from work and their daily routines, but night boating can also become dangerous quickly. When it comes to boating adventures at night the risk exposure to accidents drastically increases, so it is essential that you are prepared. Here are a few tips to ensure you and your boat is safe in dark waters.
Equipment and Procedures
One of the first things to do before venturing out at night in a boat is to check your equipment. Make sure the motor is in top condition, there are life jackets for everyone on the boat and inspect the hull to ensure there are no leaks. It is also important to know the procedures in case of an emergency. Keep in mind that darkness can cause you to misperceive your surroundings, so after dark, you should only boat in waters you are familiar with. Make sure you have a radio, flashlight, flares and fire extinguisher on board.
Be Clothing and Climate Ready
To avoid being stuck in a wind, rain or hail storm, before heading out be sure to check the weather forecasts. Dress comfortably and always bring along extra clothing in case you become stranded. Make sure the boat is stocked with additional towels and blankets.
One of the most common causes of boating collisions and injuries is speed. It is dangerous enough to speed on the water while the sun is shining, but speeding on dark waters can be life-threatening. Keep in mind that there may be other vessels on the water, so slow down and enjoy the ride.
Regardless of whether you are heading out on the water in broad daylight or in total darkness, it is critical that you make sure someone else knows where you will be boating, what your boat looks like, how many passengers will be on board and what your intended departure and arrival schedule is.
Residents in the Annapolis, MD and surrounding area interesting in learning more about boat insurance should contact Ramsey Insurance.