Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Boating Safety: Five Must-Haves for Your Ditch Pack!

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

How many of you have heard of a Ditch Pack? Well, in the event of trouble on the sea (hopefully none of you will have to experience this, but it’s always better to be prepared than not!) you always want to have some survival essentials ready to come with you overboard. The concept of a ditch pack is really straight-forward…a bag/pack which carries your essentials to be survive AND to help you get spotted for rescue. Here are our top FIVE must-haves for your ditch pack!

 

Firstly, you need a bag! Recommended is any heavy-duty dry bag, any brand of your preference, with carabiners and zippers to keep items securely in place!

Secondly, a EPIRB — What is a EPIRB? An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is extremely helpful by utilizing satellites and earth stations to notify Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams in the event of your emergency. It even provides your GPS position over two separate frequencies — neat!

Thirdly, an emergency light. This helps aid in the location of you and your passengers. There are several options available, including some that can attach to life vests and have either water activated or pin-pull designs for easy access and easy turn on in an emergency.

Fourth, low-tech devices. The basics will ALWAYS work and will help provide a fail-proof way to communicate with first responders. A whistle, glow sticks, and a reflective mirror zipped up into a waterproof pouch for each passenger your boat may equip.

And last but not least, fifth – Air raft repair kit — this is pretty straight forward, I think you get the picture.

 

Do you carry a ditch pack in your boat? What is in yours? Let us know below!

 

As always, thanks to our friends at boatingmag.com and cruisingworld.com for helping us out with this article! Check theirs out for more tips on ditch bags.

ECOTIP #2: Preventing and Cleaning Spills

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

 

Picture this, you’re enjoying your day out on the water when you see a rainbow looking film on the water. You think, “Oh no! Is that from me?”. Day ruined. 

Take a look at some tips that we’ve found from our friends at discoverboating.com so there is no worries next time you’re out and about!

 

  1. Spill-proof your oil changes: Use an oil change pump to transfer oil to a spill-proof container. Wrap an absorbent pad around the oil filter to prevent oil from spilling into the bilge
  2. Fueling up: Prevent fuel spills by filling fuel tanks slowly and use absorbent pads or reusable rags to catch drips or clean up spills. Don’t “top off” your tank, remember fuel expands as it gets warm, so leave about 10% empty.
  3. CLEAN IT UP: Never use soap to disperse fuel and oil spills. Not only is it harmful to the environment, it is also illegal.
  4. Maintenance on land: Try (as much as possible) to do all maintenance projects in the boatyard instead of on the water. If you do have to do maintenance on the water, use tarps and vacuum sanders to collect all debris for proper disposal.
  5. “Stow it, don’t throw it!”: Keep your trash on board! Never throw any type of garbage into the ocean and take advantage of shore-side facilities to recycle plastic, glass, metal, and paper. Sometimes, the wind picks up and blows out trash you were trying to keep on board. Try this cool trick to wind-proof your trash can. (Adapt the instructions for your particular size of trash can.)

Do you do any of these? Let us know! If you’d like to check out more tips, click here.