Boating in the winter can be fun and exhilarating. Colder weather requires some additional preparation prior to the boating excursion. We’ve created a list of tips for safe boating in the winter.
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Bring Extra Clothing, Blankets and Towels
Be prepared for the shock of sudden immersion and incapacitating effects of cold water. Make sure that each person brings an extra change of clothing. Store the clothing, blankets and towels in a waterproof container.
File A Float Plan
File a float plan with the U.S. Coast Guard via the USCG Boating Safety mobile app. Share the float plan with a reliable relative or friend. Make sure that he/she knows who to call if you do not return home by a specific time.
Emergency Communication Devices
Carry emergency communication devices (VHF radio, cell phone) and signaling devices (emergency locator beacon, GPS and visual distress signals) on the operator of the boat.
Wear layers of clothing, gloves and a hat. A dry suit or a wetsuit are also popular choices for boating in the winter.
Wear A Life Jacket
Make sure that there is a life jacket for each person on the boat. Every person, including the operator of the boat, should wear a life jacket, at all times.
Make sure the boat has a re-boarding device (ladder or foot sling) that can be used by a person overboard.
Engine Cut-Off Device
Solo operators should always attach an engine cut-off device.
Double Check Weather
Double check the weather conditions and forecast prior to the boating excursion.
For questions about preparing your boat for winter boating, contact Nevada Power Products, Inc., 3660 US Highway 50 E Carson City, NV 89701-2809, (775) 885-6979.