Take a safe boating course — A great way to learn and refresh on safety, good habits, navigation rules and regulations. Taking courses can qualify you for discounts on your insurance.
Wear a life jacket — Have the required number of life jackets onboard and make your passengers wear them.
Check your equipment — Get your boat checked and make sure it’s in top condition and free of fire hazards. Carry safety equipment required by law onboard.
Practice proper rules of the “road” — Know what to do when you approach another vessel. Maintain a safe speed. Be watchful.
Be aware of Carbon Monoxide — It can kill in minutes. Be aware of early warning symptoms of headache, nausea, weakness, etc.
Stay sober — Operating under the influence is dangerous & illegal.
Know where you’re going — Know your position and where you’re headed. File a float plan before you leave with a relative or friend.
Pay attention to the weather — Check the weather before you go. Keep an eye out for changing conditions and act accordingly.
For more information on boating safety, visit the Massachusetts Environmental Police website. If you have a boat or are considering purchasing one, be sure to talk to us about insurance.