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Water Sled Safety Tips

posted by The Captain @ 11:59 AM
Monday, June 11, 2012

It might be the first season when you are taking your kids for some water sled fun, or it might be your family tradition from many years- safety is the most important thing when it comes to water sports.

Here are some tips that will make water sledding safer and more fun:

  • When you are on a water sled, make sure that you are accompanied by a designated spotter. Also, you must be able to communicate with the spotter at all times using hand signals.
  • Don’t go water sledding too early or too late. Wait for one hour after sunrise to begin sledding, and finish sledding one hour before sunset.
  • It’s not safe for the boat to run parallel to the shore. This is because shores have shallow water, which is dangerous for sledding. Besides, the rider might sway into the shore.
  • The boat should never get too close to swimmers or other personal property of people.
  • Make sure you wear a life jacket, because if you crash against a strong wave of water, you might bounce off the water sled. If a child is sledding on water, the jacket must be properly fitted according to their size. Any floatation device that is just ‘close to the right size’ shouldn’t be used.
  • Ensure that the driver has the right boaters’ license.

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6 Tips for Water Tube Safety

posted by The Captain @ 11:48 AM
Monday, June 11, 2012

If you are planning to go water tubing with your family, there are some water tube safety guidelines that you must keep in mind to have the safest and most enjoyable experience.

1. Use a PFD

Wearing a personal floatation device (PFD) is always a good idea. During rough water tubing moments, there are chances that you might fall off the tube, so you should be careful.

2. Know the equipment

You should know the capabilities of the water tube you are using. Read the manufacturer’s guidelines for tubing capacity by weight, size, maximum towing speed, number of riders, and age limits.

3. Use a spotter

Designate a person as spotter who will lookout for tubing accidents because it will be helpful for the driver to focus on oncoming obstacles.

4. Water regulations

You should be familiar with regulations that govern the water body on which you are planning to go tubing. One factor to consider is the towing speed.

5. Driver

Make sure your driver is sober, alert, and responsible. He should keep a safe distance from other boats in the area and watch out for water hazards like buoys, docks, and rocks.

6. Secure tow line

The tow line must be tied securely before you take off. You should also check out for any signs of wear and tear. If you find that the line is worn out, it must be replaced immediately. Don’t use a common rope – use only the rope that is meant for water towing.

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Must-Follow Towing Safety Guidelines

posted by The Captain @ 11:29 AM
Monday, June 11, 2012

For many people, staying on the boat (or rather behind the boat) is the best way to spend their weekend. Skimming on water can be done using tubes, kneeboards, sleds, or skis. But before you set out for an adventure, here are some important safety tips to be followed:

Inspect the equipment

Check the equipment to see if there are any cuts, nicks, or frays on any part, including the towline.

Check the handle as well. Then continue to test the wakeboard, tube, or skis to see if there are any signs of wear and tear.

Secure the towline

Rope should be secured firmly to the stern (at the back) or at the central position of the boat. Don’t attach the ski rope to railing.

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Beware of propeller

Once you have secured the towline, take care that your tow board or tube is not near propeller of the boat in the beginning. Once it is clear, move the boat away from the skier so that the line is tight.

Point ahead

When you go water skiing, before you get underway, you must ensure that the steering wheel and the ski towline are pointed straight ahead. In case they’re not, the skier will not find it easy to stand up. If the boat is pointing ahead, then the skier can get up easily with a little acceleration.

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Inflatable boating responsibilities for safe boating

posted by The Captain @ 1:52 PM
Friday, May 25, 2012

Responsible boating begins with you
With your inflatable boat, you can discover the richness of the marine environment. Help keep it beautiful.

Enjoying some time on the water is great, but it comes with some responsibility for us all to work to ensure that the world around us remains a strong healthy environment for living and play.

Please, respect your environment by applying the following basic safety rules:

  • Avoid creating excessive wash
  • Keep out of designated swimming areas
  • Respect all animal life. Respect the laws for bag limits and practice catch and release sportsmanship.
  • Use non-polluting antifouling paint and non-polluting cleaning agents.
  • Don’t make unnecessary noise. Excessive noise should be avoided, particularly around launching ramps and populated areas.
  • Don’t discharge oil or fuels into the water. In most areas this is illegal and in all areas it causes pollution and harms plant and animal life.
  • Don’t litter. Dispose of garbage and trash properly. if there is no appropriate refuse disposal, bring back your trash.
  • Don’t make excessive wake. Remember that the wake your inflatable boat trails behind can be destructive to the shore, as well as to other boaters. A boat wake crashing on the shore can cause and accelerate erosion and damage the environment.

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Inflatable boat navigating information

posted by The Captain @ 1:43 PM
Friday, May 25, 2012

Check-list before starting:

  • Check weather, local currents and wind conditions
  • Do not forget to advise someone on land of the time you plan to be back
  • Explain basic boat operations to all passengers
  • Make sure that one of your passengers can handle the boat in case of emergency.
  • Be sure inflation pressure is correct
  • Inspect the valve caps. Remove the self-bailer cap
  • Retighten the motor clamps. If it is not bolted, make sure you secure your engine with a safety lanyard attached to the bracket and the motor plate
  • Be sure safety stop switch lanyard operates correctly
  • Top off fuel and oil levels
  • If your outboard has a separate oil tank do not forget to fill it up
  • Install your fuel tank at the spot provided. Check its fittings.
  • Safety equipment (check local regulations) :
  • Personal flotation devices (PFD’s) per person
  • The foot-pump, the paddles/oars, repair kit and tool kit
  • The other mandatory equipment
  • The boat papers and your boating license


On the water:
Check that the load is evenly distributed

  • In normal conditions, the load must be distributed along the centerline of the boat, preferably at the rear
  • For single-handed operation, remain on the starboard side to compensate the torque of the propeller
  • In a “head on” sea, load the bow – the tilt pin should be in the 2nd or even in the 1st hole position. In a “following” sea, load the stern – the tilt pin should be in the 3rd or the 4th position.

Under way:
Respect the local regulations and practices. Do not make a sudden change in direction without advising the passengers Inspect the tightness of the engine clamps several minutes after starting the engine. Make your passengers sit on the wooden seat (standard equipment) or inside the boat.

In case of incident:
An inflatable boat is practically unsinkable, even full of water. If after an accident, a compartment deflates, bring it inside the boat and return at reduced speed. In case of a collision or an impact with a floating object, stop to examine the hull, the buoyancy tubes, the motor and its attachments and return to shore at a low speed. Take your boat to your dealer for inspection before using it again.


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