Safety Tips for Boating At Night
If you own a boat, spending time on the water is just another summertime activity. Sometimes, you might think about taking your boat out when it’s already dark, or even spending a night out on the water. While these may be fun, it’s important to take extra precaution if you plan on being out after dark. As you enjoy the starlit sky, keep these safety tips for boating at night in mind!
Have a Plan
Nighttime boating is not the time to explore new waterways. Things tend to look different in the dark, so it’s best to stay in areas you already know. Once you figure out where you’re going to be, make a plan and stick to it!
Share Your Whereabouts
Tell a trusted family member or friend where you will be. Share you plan with them. You can also share your phone or boat’s location with them. Tell them where you will you will be, who you will be with, and what your boat looks like. You could also give them access to a copy of your boat’s registration, just in case.
Staying on the water after dark means that you might need to bring more on board with you. Dress appropriately for the weather. Make sure that you have flashlights and extra batteries. Make sure you bring some food and water as well. You should also review the safety equipment on board and double check it before departing.
Inspect Your Boat
Before you depart for your adventure, do a quick inspection. Check the navigation lights, amount of fuel, the horn, the radio, and safety equipment. If you haven’t had your boat professionally inspected, it’s a good idea to get that done too. Check out this article about boat insurance.
Take it Slow
There’s no need to be speeding around at night. It’s much harder to see and going fast becomes far more dangerous in the dark. It’s also much harder for others to see you in the water. With the lack of visibility, it’s even more important that you know the right-of-way rules for boats.
Never Drink and Drive
Drinking and driving is extremely dangerous on the water. If you decide to drink, make sure there is a designated driver. Accidents can still happen so be careful, especially with alcohol.
You may not be the only person on the water. Keep watch for other boats, kayakers, or swimmers. Sometimes it can be hard to see others when there’s limited visibility. Stay vigilant! If you don’t feel comfortable navigating a boat in daylight, then you shouldn’t be navigating one when it’s dark out.
Talk to Your Insurance Agent about Boat Insurance
Before your next boat outing, talk to your insurance agent about boat insurance. If you haven’t reviewed your policy, be sure to do so. Your insurance agent can help you go over your policy and make adjustments as needed. They can also help answer any questions you may have about boat insurance.
Be careful boating at night! Bon Voyage!