Prepping Your Boat for a Long Journey

Getting your boat ready to take it out on the water is an important task. You need to make sure that you have everything you need for your journey. Forgetting something important might jeopardize the safety of you or your passengers. Experienced boaters will know all of the things they will need to inspect and bring with them before departing. However, you might be someone who has only recently got your boater’s license. If this is the case, pay close attention to the list below. It will give you the instructions you will need to follow to properly prep your boat prior to leaving on your excursion.

  1. Stock enough food and water on your boat so all of the passengers can survive for several days. (heading 3)

You always need to make sure that you are prepared for the worst case scenario whenever you are on the water. One of the most crucial tasks you will have is loading up your boat with food that will be able to sustain every person on board for at least three days. You need to do this in case you get stranded for several days before you are rescued. Therefore, keep in mind the exact number of passengers you will be taking with you and pack your food and water accordingly.

  1. Have a mechanic go over every part of your boat.(heading 3)

Having a boat break down when you are far away from shore is a nightmare for every person. This situation would be much more tragic if the mechanical problem was easily preventable. Having a certified boat mechanic give your boat his seal of approval is something that you must do to make sure that all of boat electronic equipment on board is working exactly the way it should. You might feel this is an unnecessary expense. However, you can never put a price on the lives of you and your passengers.

  1. Check all of the emergency equipment.(heading 3)

You never know when a problem will befall you during your trip. Therefore, you need to be sure that you have equipment that will allow you to deal with injuries and get rescued if you are unable to return to shore. For example, you need to bring a first aid kit that has bandages, antibacterial wipes and cold packs. You should also bring signal flares and life jackets for all passengers.