Friday, March 21, 2014

Boat Safety Checklist - make sure you are prepared!

Boating safety at the Lake of the Ozarks is a priority for the Surdyke Yamaha team.  All of our watercraft are extremely safe on the water, but there are items you should always include in the boat to make sure you and your family or guests have a fun and safe boating experience.  Here is a boating checklist you should consider:

Boat Checklist

Always have a personal flotation device for each person on the boat

National statistics show 79% of those killed in boating accidents were not wearing a life jacket. Last year in Missouri that number was closer to 90% of boating fatality victims not wearing a life jacket. Missouri law requires boaters to have a life jacket on board and accessible for each occupant of the boat. Children under the age of seven are required to wear a life jacket whenever they are on a boat unless they are in the cabin area of a house boat or cruiser. All jet ski and personal watercraft users are required to wear life jackets anytime they are underway. The simple act of choosing to wear a life jacket has made a huge difference for many accident survivors.

Have a VHF radio on your boat

Weather can change very rapidly and create unexpected situations for boat operators. You should always monitor weather developments. One way is to tune into the frequencies listed below on a VHF radio.

VHF Frequencies Broadcasting NOAA Weather Reports
162.400 MHzColumbia, St. Joseph, Sikeston, Springfield
162.450 MHzHermitage, Humansville, Pomme de Terre, Warsaw
162.475 MHzHannibal, Holliday
162.550 MHzCamdenton, Kansas City, Osage Beach, St. Louis

VHF Radio Channels

The most commonly used VHF channels on U.S. waters are:

Channel 6

Intership safety communications.

Channel 9

Communications between vessels (commercial and recreational), and ship to coast.

Channel 13

Navigational use by commercial, military, and recreational vessels at bridges, locks, and harbors.

Channel 16

Distress and safety calls to U.S. Coast Guard and others, and to initiate calls to other vessels.

Channel 22

Communications between the U.S. Coast Guard and the public. Severe weather warnings, hazards to navigation, and other safety warnings are broadcast on this channel.

Channels 24-28

Public telephone calls (to marine operator).

Channels 68, 69, and 71

Recreational vessel radio channels and ship to coast

Have a good First Aid Kit

Having a good first aid kit on your boat can help you handle minor injuries and can also make a difference in a major injury.  Some elements of the kit can include:

  • Bandages and band aids
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Aspirin or similar pain reliever
  • Barrier gloves
  • Tweezers and Scissors
  • Burn ointment and sunburn ointment
  • Other medical supplies

Have a Throwable Cushion(s) or Ring and Fire Extinguisher(s)

Have several cushions or flotation rings available.  If a passenger falls overboard without a life jacket on, these flotation devices can save their lives.  Every boat is also required to have a working fire extinguisher(s) on board.Coast Guard requirements differ on the number of extinguishers required, based on the length of the boat.  

Surdyke Yamaha wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable boating season at the Lake of the Ozarks.  If you have any questions on boat safety, come on into our beautiful showroom and one of our team can help you!

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