USCG Vessels and Boat Safety: Don’t Leave Port Without Both

Are you going out with family and friends on your boat for Memorial Day weekend? Now that summer is just about here, are you ready to enjoy the sun on the water? Sure, there’s always a good reason to take your boat out, even in the middle of the frigid winter. But, summer’s different. This is why so many of us have boats, why we have for generations, and so forth. While it’s great to get out on the water, you want to be safe when you do. To best enjoy USCG vessels (or any kind of boat) you want to be as safe as possible. 

Before Leaving the Dock 

Is this the first time you’ve used your boat since last season? Then, a thorough, comprehensive look over is in order. Make sure that everything is in its best working order before heading out on the water. Checking the engine, the gas, the fuel lines, and just about anything you can is paramount. Better to take extra time at the dock instead of having to deal with any problems out on the water. 

What to Take (and What to Keep on Land) 

Memorial Day weekend, a true American holiday – it’s a time to party. There’s nothing wrong with having a great party on your boat with some great people. That said, the person operating the vessel shouldn’t have any alcohol. That’s the last thing anyone needs. Studies have shown that nothing makes vessel operation more dangerous than doing so while under the influence. A “designated driver/skipper” is always a good idea, the right way to ensure that everyone has a great time. 

What to Keep in Mind When On the Water 

For Americans for generations, Memorial Day is the true start of summer. It’s the beginning of the hazy, warm days that last for months. That said, the weather can change fast, even on Memorial Day weekend. So, always check the weather before you head out, but understand it can operate very quickly in violation of whatever the forecast may be. Traveling at safe speeds with your vessel is imperative, too. Sure, when you have all kinds of folks on the boat, you may want to “show off,” to “rev up the speed,” that kind of thing. Always be aware of your surroundings as well as the local maximum speed zone you’re in. 

Documentation for USCG Vessels 

Did you take care of your documentation during the winter months? Even if you didn’t, there’s still time to do so and be able to use your vessel how you want during the summer. Our site is always: open,” so to speak, so you can always fill out these forms with what free time you have. Then, you can send them in to us. To make the process go even faster, you can choose to have many of them be “rush processed.” If you have any questions about how this works, you can call us at (800) 535-8570.