Boaters are required to have safety equipment by the U.S. Coast Guard for all Vessels. For personal watercraft, for example, a small kit for treating minor cuts and scrapes is probably adequate. For boating farther from shore, a more elaborate marine safety kit may be needed.
Having a proper marine First-Aid Kit on board can help you render immediate emergency care, and sometimes even save a life. It’s one of the safety-related items that Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons® vessel examiners discuss when conducting an annual Vessel Safety Check (VSC) on recreational boats.
Make sure before you cast off that your marine emergency safety equipment is up-to-date and meets todays regulations. Just remember… it’s better to be safe then sorry. Be prepared!
What are some safety kit items that you are required to carry on board?
- Personal Flotation Devices
- Fire Extinguishers
- Visual Distress Signals
- Sound Producing Devices
- Marine Sanitation Devices
- Pollution Regulation Placards
The general scale for boat classifications is as follows:
- Vessels less than 16 feet
- Vessels 16 – 26 feet
- Vessels 26 – 40 feet
- Vessels 40 – 65 feet
The Rest of the Gear We Recommend
The above list will satisfy the minimum requirements for operating your boat, but there are other safety products that have proven their worth in the event something happens on the water. While these products will require a little more investment on your part, they are an investment in the safety of yourself and others on your boat. At Lewis Marine Supply, we are committed to making life on the water as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible and having the right safety gear is part of that.
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