Boating is the perfect way to enjoy the summer sun with family and friends. However, the U.S. Coast Guard reminds boaters that this hobby comes with inherent dangers. Equipment failure, drunken vessel operators and inclement weather can all contribute to severe accidents.
As such, it is important that boaters prepare for the worst. Here are four tips to keep in mind:
- Tell someone about your trip before you cast off;
- Make a pre-departure checklist;
- Monitor the weather;
- And never drink alcohol before operating a boat.