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How To Set Up Your Boat

Learn how you can set up your boat properly before leaving the dock and enjoy a safe day on the water with your family and friends.

Setting up your boat properly is an important part of having a good day on the water. Safety should always be your number one concern. Make sure you always have a Personal Flotation Device or PFD. It’s also not a bad idea to have some basic tools as well as emergency equipment like a bilge pump and a small fire extinguisher, which is mandatory on some bigger boats. Keep that battery charged, and check on it consistently as well as maintaining your boat lights.

SETTING UP YOUR BOAT PROPERLY

  1. Make sure everything is in working order on the boat, the battery should be charged, the prop should be in good shape.
  2. Keep PFD’s (Lifejackets) on board for every passenger. Here is other boat safety equipment you can take on board.
  3. Think about how to store all of your fishing tackle. You might want to put all of your lighter lures in one box, and heavier items in another to distribute weight evenly around the boat.
  4. Keep your boat in balance and only carry what you need. You don’t have to fill up every storage unit on the boat, it just creates more unnecessary weight.
  5. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. Keep it light and keep it safe.


Learn more about Boating and Water safety in our next section. Emergency protocol, types of PFD’s available, boat safety equipment and more.