Boating Safety

Guide to Life Jackets for Kids
Getting kids to wear life jackets can be a cumbersome task — bulky neon padded vests don't exactly shout cool.  But the risks of not wearing them are too great to...
How to Use a Marine Radio
One of the most important pieces of equipment on a boat is a VHF marine radio. Boaters who plan on going more than a few miles from shore should also have an MF/HF radiotele...
What is a Float Plan
Whenever you go boating, it’s a good idea to let people know where you are going and when you expect to return. Accidents do happen on the water. Whether on an inland ...
5 Kinds of PFDs
No matter how light the breeze is or how calm the surface of the water, all boaters should remember and respect the power of the sea. To do so is to make safety a top priori...
How to Check a Boat for Seaworthiness
Essentially, a boat is seaworthy if it will not sink. If the vessel can be used for the purposes it was designed for as well as safely handle any condition the crew encounte...
Guide to Sound Signals
On a calm day, you can see for miles from your boat, and it may be difficult to imagine why you might need to signal with sounds – all boats are visible and seem easy ...
Boating in Cold Weather Tips
The lure of the open water, even during cold weather, can be overpowering. In locales where year-round boating is possible, do not let the cold keep you from experiencing a ...
The Purpose of Boat Anchor Lights
With all of its risks and rewards, boating during the day can be complicated enough, so it follows that boating at night is an even more complex task, as the darkness adds t...
How to Choose the Right Type of Boating Sunglasses
When the sky is blue, the sun is out, the sea is calm — and, if you are a sailor, the wind is up — you have all the ingredients for a perfect day. The headache ...
How to Protect from Lightning on a Boat
There are many safety issues involved when boating. One to not take likely is the possibility of a thunderstorm at sea and dealing with the inevitable byproduct – ligh...
May 19-26, 2014 is National Safe Boating Week
Together with a host of affiliated organizations, the National Safe Boating Council, the country’s leading recreational boating safety advocacy group, has organized na...
How to Screen a Renter on GetMyBoat
One of the most important questions about renting your boat out is, who is the renter? Can this person safely operate my watercraft? You have put a lot of time, money, and e...
How to Handle a Boat's Wake
On a pleasant afternoon of cruising and exploration, the captain suddenly calls for everyone to “hold on” followed by a sharp veer to port. Guests get tossed to ...
Visual Distress Signals
Visual Distress Signals (VDS) are an integral part of every vessel’s safety equipment, regardless of boat size or purpose. Simply stated, a visual distress signal is a...
How to Get Boat Rental Insurance
Buying boat rental insurance has historically been a long, complicated process. Bundled in exclusively with your boat rental, hidden fees, extra costs, long forms — ge...
10 Safety Items for Offshore Boating
Safety on the water is important whether you are traveling for an hour or a year. Though the list of safety items for a short trip in a small pond or river is short (often j...
What is Digital Selective Calling
Recreational boating has become far more complex than just a few short years ago, particularly marine communications. Technology that once was only available to or required ...
Waste Management on Boats
The topic of waste management is an urgent concern of global proportions that spans the environment, public health and safety, and the economy. Communities are furthering ef...
Electronic Ship Logs
Keeping a log is a great way to have a record of maintenance, use, and memories on your boat. This is a practice that is as old as journaling itself, and it can create a ric...
Boat Rental Agreement Samples
GetMyBoat provides private owners and commercial operators with sample rental agreements for boats, houseboats, and personal watercraft (jet skis). Because they are only tem...