Boat lovers have quite the stories to tell, and sometimes they are not the best experiences. Their escapades may at times involve accidents, which sometimes could have been avoided by taking the initiative to learn more about what the law says about injuries and what legal implication selling a non-functional boat could have in case someone was injured and they decided to sue.
Below are steps to consider in ensuring boat accidents do not occur. They include:
- Buying a Functional Boat
Whether your boat is second-hand or straight out of the store, it is significant to keep in mind that to err is human. Particularly with the second-hand boats or buying through referrals, the boat owner should ensure the boat is in working condition. Always have your boat checked before taking it out for a ride.
Keep in mind that some outlets cannot be trusted. It is wise to have the boat checked well before you part with your money. If you are buying a second-hand vessel, ensure it is in a sound state. You may look into getting a qualified examiner to conduct checks and ensure everything is working.
- Keep It Clean
Some boat accidents are avoidable. Sliding or tripping accidents may sound simple but lead to serious injuries. A simple fall can result in a concussion, which is considered a serious medical harm. Apart from cleanliness, keeping equipment where they should be will also go a long way into keeping your boat safe. The paddles may look harmless but may also cause serious injuries.
- Only Have the Right People Operate the Boat
Children, the elderly or people on medication should not be allowed to run the boat as this would lead to accidents. A professional driver or boat operator should be allowed to be at the steering wheel. For the less sophisticated boats, the operator has to be in stable health and mental state to row the vessel.
- Cheap is Expensive
Before you place your money on that fantastic deal, ask yourself questions. Do your research on what boats fetch what prices. A cheap deal may be expensive later and cause you more problems than solutions.
- Understand Your Boat
Do not make a smaller engine perform the functions of a big engine. Without decent care and regular inspections, some engines may heat and catch fire. Before buying a boat, understand the capacity of your engine and what needs to be done to maintain it. After all, prevention is better than cure. Sometimes size is a real factor to consider before buying a boat.
If you plan to have more people on your boat, get a vessel that will fit all of them as overcrowding may lead to accidents and injuries. It is easy to be sure of everyone’s safety if there is enough space for all of them. The size does not only influence the number of people that can be allowed on board. It determines where you can be allowed to sail, whether in a small lake or at the shores of an ocean.
There are no blanket rules on boat safety. Whatever you do always keep in mind that prevention is better than cure, and nobody would prefer to deliberately head to the ER over something they could have avoided. No caution is too much and every step taken towards boat safety should be a serious one.