Boating is a very popular activity for many people and continues to be for a large number of travelers throughout the world every year, and there is no doubt that boating is a great fun activity to practice with friends and family.
No matter where , and for how long!
Whether you choose to go on a fishing trip on the open sea, having a long fleet vacation to sail among beautiful islands, or just hire a boat for few hours, you’ll need safety equipment on board to avoid any inconvenience, which could happen depending on the weather, and other circumstances that are controlled by the nature.
What equipment to take?
So, before you start your sailing trip, make sure to prepare a list of all the boating safety equipment requirements, which is prescribed by the United States Coast Guard.
These boating safety equipments include:
- (PFDs) life jacket for each person and children on board .
- There are jackets in five different types and weight for individual needs, and which will depend on the water conditions, and the boating activities.
It is preferable that the color of the jacket will be bright enough for you to be more visible, and if you have the possibility, then try it on!
- Sound signals
Bell, whistle, or air horn (for boat less than 39.4 feet.)
Whistle and a bell (for boat more than 39.4 feet up to 65.6 feet.)
- Visual signals for distress, flares (A, B, C and D)
Type A = parachute flare
Type B = Multi-star flare
Type C = Hand-held flare
Type D = Smoke flare
- Fire extinguisher
Extinguisher fire (ABC) Large extinguisher
Extinguisher fire (BC) More suitable for the engine room.
- Navigation lights
It is obliged to be equipped with navigation light, which is recommended for your own and others boaters protections
- Masthead Light – 2 miles for boat less than 39.4 feet and 3 miles for boat more than 39.4 feet (225 art in degrees)
All-round light – 2 miles for boat less than 39.4 feet and 2 miles for boat more than 39.4 feet (360 art in degrees)
Sidelight – 1 mile for boat less than 39.4 feet and 2 miles for boat more than 39.4 ( 112.5 art in degrees.)
Stern light – 2 miles for boat less than 39.4 and 2 miles for boat more than 39.4 (135 art in degrees )
- Food and water
Don’t forget to fill up your cupboards of foods and your bottles of fresh water much more than you need, which can be very useful.
Before you go on a trip make sure that you’ve bring all you need , planned your itinerary, checked the weather, and be sure that your equipment is in good condition!