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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Tallahassee, FL

    Default Boat Safety Advice Thread

    It occurred to me from the tie down thread posted earlier that this thread might be a great idea. If we help each other avoid one accident or one injury this year, it will be worth it. So, post up your best safety advice. We have hundreds of years of boating experience between us. Let's share our knowledge and experience for the common good.

    Here's my contribution:

    Your winch strap on your trailer is not a tie down; it's just a winch strap. It pulls the boat forward but does not tie it down to the trailer. Use a proper tie down to secure the boat to the trailer at the bow eye and at both points on the transom.

    (Let's try not to fill this thread up with posts containing comments only. You can add comments to your post as long as it also contains a point about safety. Thanks!)
    My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
    2008 LSV
    2000 Outback LS (sold)
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    P5 Danielo Diamond 58"

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Nokomis, Saskatchewan


    Check the weather! my father in law and uncle in law got caught in a real bad storm when out fishing.. scared them both badly.. be aware of the conditions

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    2014 Mondo with da flow!!! Exile towers, stock everything else.... for now!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Douglasville, GA


    Lets point the obvious!

    Your head should always be on a swivel. Always being aware of your surroundings will help eliminate accidents.
    2009 Mobius LSV
    Black and Yellow

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Park City, Utah


    Have a calm/clear head. No need to be hot headed while on the boat, launching, cruising, loading. Fun will be had by all.
    2013 Supra SA450
    2006 Mobius LSV - Sold
    2004 Stingray 190LS - Sold
    2016 Nissan Titan XD - Tow Rig

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Salt Lake City, Utah


    1st priority as the driver of the boat is the safety of the rider and those in the boat, not the music or comfort of the other passengers.
    2007 Mobius LSV with a lot of great upgrades and mods

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Hilliard, Ohio


    Remind all (kids) to remain seated while underway in a calm voice. We had one stand in the bow at the same time I hit the throttle to pull someone up. He looked like a TMT rolling to the back of the boat. Those my age should know what TMT stand for. I'll share later.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Bay City, MI


    While on the topic of kids, this is a good one.

    Children under 13 years of age in or on vessels under 26 feet must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable PFD while underway.

    That is law. So, no matter how good of a swimmer they are, they need to be wearing a life jacket!
    2008 Mobius LSV
    Wakemakers Gravity III ballast Upgrade
    Wakeboard prop
    2 Wetsounds Pro 80's, 2 Wetsounds MB8's

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Vancouver, WA


    "Here - You are the flagger. It is YOUR responsibility to watch that rider the whole time no matter what else is going on."

    "You - you are in charge of the rope. Help get it to the rider. Keep it out of the prop, out of the racks, and away from people's heads"

    "You - here's the camera. Get some good pictures and videos"

    "You - find out what song(s) the rider wants. We'll let you know if it's too loud or quiet"

    "You in the front - you're my spotter for logs or stuff in the water. Keep an eye out and signal me by pointing at it because I can't hear you"

    "Ok - you all have your assignments - any questions?"
    The years have been kind, it's the weekends that have done the damage.

    2001 MobiusV - Loaded with Ballast, Exile, Blood, Sweat & Tears

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    s.e. washington state


    Be able to identify someone who is drowning. It's not like what you see on TV. Also, drowning victims go straight down so identify their last known position and rescuers will work within a 45 degree cone of that location. The golden hour is very important and the time is even less in warmer water. The drowning incidences I have been called out to rescue, the people did not watch where the person was so they could not give an accurate location.

    In 2007, the last year with complete data, the Centers for Disease Control recorded 682 drowning deaths among children under age 15. And yet, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children in that age bracket, just behind car accidents. Among children under the age of 5, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death.

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    1998 Mobius
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2009
    North End Lake Lanier GA



    This is especially true for you southern guys in the real heat.

    Check your tires EVERY time you go out. When I travel south I see more cars, trucks, and BOATS on the side of the road for blown tires.

    Check your tire pressures, check your side walls for cracks, and check your tread for cracks.

    When you blow a tire it sucks for you, but you lose control it sucks for everyone in your vehicle and anyone near you on the road when it happens.
    Malo <--- Means--Evil or Mean One. This explains a lot.
    2013 Mojo 2.5 Skylon Tower. Bestia < Beast >

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