Now is the perfect time to get your boat ready for Ontario waters. Before you plan your first outing, we wanted to share our top boat safety and preparation tips.
Safety should be your number one priority when boating, and one of the most important things to do to ensure your safety is to prepare your boat before taking it out on the water. We’re providing you with helpful reminders and tips to ensure your safety during the boating season.
Six Ways to Get Your Boat Ready for the Water
#1 Safety Gear
When it comes to safety gear, Ontario Parks suggests that your first step should be checking what safety equipment is required by law for your vessel size and that all of those items are in good working condition.
Some other reminders:
- Ensure you have enough life jackets on your boat.
- Make sure all the safety items on your boat are in good working order, such as your navigation lights and fire extinguishers.
- You may want to consider having additional safety items such as a carbon monoxide detector installed.
If you have a large boat, you’ll want to make sure the anchor’s windlass is not having any trouble moving. Be sure to also check the chain to ensure there are no signs of rust or other issues.
#3 Electrical Systems
Check your deep-cycle battery to ensure it has a sufficient charge. You should also check the wiring to ensure all connections are secure.
Ensure you go over the hull for any issues – even scratches will need to be checked as they may eventually rust. Also, be sure to check the prop and its shaft, and the rudder, and its fittings. Note any paint blisters or minor maintenance issues that can be fixed immediately.
#5 Fluid Levels
Ensure all fluids have been topped up and change or add oil as needed.
#6 Boat Licence and Insurance
In Ontario, it is mandatory for anyone operating a boat to have a valid boating licence.
Even though boat insurance is not mandatory in Ontario, it is important to protect your investment. If you have questions about boat insurance don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. If you would like to do a quick online boat insurance quote, click here.