Anyone who is serious about boating knows that there are also safety risks associated with being out on the water. As enjoyable as a day out on your boat may be, there are some obvious boat safety concerns to be aware of. Safety basics like life jackets are an obvious essential, but beyond the basic local requirements for boating, there’s additional boat safety equipment that may be worth noting if you’re particularly concerned with protecting yourself.
1. VHF Radios
You can use a VHF radio to communicate with other boats on the water as well as harbors and marinas that are on land. In terms of boat safety, their most compelling use is to communicate with the Coast Guard or surrounding vessels in the event of an emergency. You can choose to install your VHF radio with a fixed mounting option or as a handheld device, but either way, these are essential communication devices. Remember that if you do opt to keep a VHF radio onboard, you must follow the rules and regulations culminated by the Coast Guard, the International Maritime Organization, and other organizations. Additionally, for fixed mount units, you need to register for a MMSI#, insure it is correctly programed into the VHF, and connect the VHF to a GPS source. You can learn more about MMSI here.
2. Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon
An emergency position indication radio beacon (EPIRB). is used to send both a satellite and homing signal out to any search or rescue teams, letting them know what your location is in the event of an accident or emergency where you are unable to take advantage of or are out of your VHF radio range. There are two kinds of EPIRBs: some activate automatically when the device is submerged to a certain depth whereas others are manually activated. Additionality there are personal locator beacons (PLB) that will attach to a life jacket as well as AIS based man overboard beacons to supplement the ships EPIRB.
3. Carbon Monoxide Detectors
You may have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, but it can be important out on your boat as well. When it comes to boat safety, engines and generators can sometimes be the source of this colorless, odorless gas that can be fatal if inhaled. ABYC requires carbon monoxide dectors in all accomodation spaces onboard gasoline powered vessels. These units also have an expiration date and should be tested on a monthly basis and replaced if out of date or fail the self-test.
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