Summer time is almost here, and that means it’s time to start preparing the family boat for the season. In addition to preparing the boat and ensuring there are enough snacks for everyone, though, it’s important to take the time to make sure you have a few essentials to keep everyone safe.
- Life jackets. In Texas, you’re required to carry a life vest on your boat for every passenger. In addition to making sure that all of your life vests are in good condition, it’s also important to make sure you have the proper size for everyone on your boat. If you have small children who grew over the winter, check their size.
- First aid kit. A small box with some bandages and other supplies to deal with minor injuries is an essential part of being on a boat. Your kit doesn’t have to contain a lot of fancy equipment, but you need to carry enough supplies to treat minor injuries and help with more serious ones until you reach land.
- Water. While you’ll probably remember to bring drink s on the boat with you every time you go out, you should keep an emergency supply of water in a separate location on your boat. That way if your cooler goes overboard, you’ll still have something clean to drink.
- Rope. It may seem silly to carry this if your don’t have a sail, but rope can be used for a lot of things in the event that your boat becomes stranded or simply needs to be repaired long enough to get it into dock.
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