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Safe Boating Tips (FReepers are Lousy Boaters)
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Posted on 01/05/2016 2:00:33 PM PST by VRW Conspirator

No matter how much experience you have, it's always a good idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures. Below you will find 10 basic boating safety tips to help you stay safe:

1.Be Weather-Wise

Always check local weather conditions before departure; TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.

2.Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist

Proper boating safety includes being prepared for any possibility on the water. Following a pre-departure checklist is the best way to make sure no boating safety rules or precautions have been overlooked or forgotten.

3.Use Common Sense

One of the most important parts of boating safety is to use your common sense. This means operating at a safe speed at all times (especially in crowded areas), staying alert at all times and steering clear of large vessels and watercraft that can be restricted in their ability to stop or turn. Also, be respectful of buoys and other navigational aids, all of which have been placed there to ensure your own safety.

4.Designate an Assistant Skipper

Make sure more than one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat's handling, operations, and general boating safety. If the primary navigator is injured or incapacitated in any way, it's important to make sure someone else can follow the proper boating safety rules to get everyone else back to shore.

5.Develop a Float Plan

Whether you choose to inform a family member or staff at your local marina, always be sure to let someone else know your float plan. This should include where you're going and how long you're going to be gone.

A float plan can include the following information: name, address, and phone number of trip leader name and phone number of all passengers boat type and registration information trip itinerary types of communication and signal equipment onboard, such as an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)

6.Make Proper Use of Lifejackets

Did you know that the majority of drowning victims are the result of boaters not wearing their lifejackets? Make sure that your family and friends aren’t part of this statistic by assigning and fitting each member of your onboard team with a life jacket prior to departure. Wear it!

7.Avoid Alcohol

Practice boating safety at all times by saving the alcohol for later. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved and studies have shown that the effects of alcohol are exacerbated by sun and wind.

8.Learn to Swim

If you're going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety includes knowing how to swim. Local organizations, such as the American Red Cross and others, offer training for all ages and abilities. Check to see what classes are offered in your area.

9.Take a Boating Course Beginning boaters and experienced experts alike need to be familiar with the boating safety rules of operation. Boater education requirements vary by state; however, some require validated completion of at least one boating safety course. Regardless of your individual state's requirements, it's always important to be educated and prepared for every circumstance that might arise. You can learn boating safety rules by taking a local community course or online course to help educate yourself.

10.Consider a Free Vessel Safety Check Take advantage of a free vessel safety check from the US Coast Guard. They offer complimentary boat examinations to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations. Free of charge, they'll provide a specialist to check out your boat and make helpful boating safety tips and recommendations. They also offer virtual online safety checks as well.

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In light of the Presidential executive orders for "reducing gun violence", here are some helpful notes for FReepers who want to forget it all with a day on the water. Yes, it is a re-post, executive order me, whatever.
1 posted on 01/05/2016 2:00:33 PM PST by VRW Conspirator
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To: VRW Conspirator

Had I followed this sage advice, I would not have lost all of my firearms in that tragic boat accident.

Who knew a canoe was not the best way to transport a gun safe across Lake Superior?

2 posted on 01/05/2016 2:02:25 PM PST by stylin_geek (Never underestimate the power of government to distort markets)
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To: MeganC; SkyDancer; GraceG; Sarah Barracuda

Ping to our Freeper Gals, you all be careful in your adventures okay? ;)

3 posted on 01/05/2016 2:05:23 PM PST by KC_Lion (The fences are going up all over Europe. We shall not see them down again in our lifetime.)
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To: VRW Conspirator

FReepers are Lousy Boaters) Now why would you say something like that?

4 posted on 01/05/2016 2:07:43 PM PST by eastforker (The only time you can be satisfied is when your all Trump.)
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To: VRW Conspirator

You are an admirable communist, comrade!

Viva la revolution; viva la proletariat; viva Marx; viva Lennin; viva Trotsky; viva Stalin; viva Mao; viva Guevera; viva Castro...

aww HELL...I’m all “viva-ed” out.

Feel free to shoot the next free-market capitalist you see and report back to me...

5 posted on 01/05/2016 2:07:59 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: stylin_geek

“The searches all say ^stylin_geek would have made Whitefish Bay
If he’d put fifteen more miles behind him

My apologies to Gordon Lightfoot

6 posted on 01/05/2016 2:11:54 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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7 posted on 01/05/2016 2:21:37 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a Simple Manner for a Happy Life :o)
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To: VRW Conspirator

I would also add please make sure your handguns are very well secured as I had taken my new S & W on my fishing trip off San Diego and when I bent over it slid from my holster and an $800 dollar gun is gone. My insurance carrier said it needed to be insured under a special rider so I guess I will just have to take the loss.

8 posted on 01/05/2016 2:25:25 PM PST by Cyman
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To: VRW Conspirator

Thank you for the safety tips!

While I have survived my many boating accidents, I have lost a small arsenal of various firearms in the lakes of New Mexico.

Very sad.

9 posted on 01/05/2016 2:30:22 PM PST by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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Funny, I sold all of mine at various gun shows before today.

10 posted on 01/05/2016 2:37:13 PM PST by nomad
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To: VRW Conspirator

In reference to #7, boating sober is like hunting sober...

11 posted on 01/05/2016 2:37:31 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Liberty Valance

Now that is funny!!

12 posted on 01/05/2016 2:40:53 PM PST by Osage Orange (Many people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

13 posted on 01/05/2016 2:44:04 PM PST by VRW Conspirator (American Jobs for American Workers.)
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If you're going boating you need to have life jackets for EACH firearm you're taking along. Otherwise they can't water-ski. It's the law, people.

Personally I have never lost a firearm to a boating accident. I lost mine on a hike when a sudden rift in the earth opened and they fell into hot lava. I hate it when that happens.

14 posted on 01/05/2016 2:47:52 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: VRW Conspirator; Lazamataz; CatherineofAragon; Old Sarge; Kartographer; All
A public service announcement to Freepers and their defensive weapons (gather round your weapons so they will read this). My study/research of water and weapons:

Back years ago, my high school son, starting when he was a freshman, worked for free with NASA in the summer, surveying/using scientific measures/chemical analysis, of Clear Creek, a body of water in the NASA area south of Houston (Clear Lake area). By the time he was a senior, he was running that study. He took the Coast Guard boating course and got their certificate. Then, in college, Rice University, took their course for diving/under water exploration and was licensed for that.

All that helped him when he became a director of documentary films which he made across the world, including the North Pole ice sheet and African countries’ lakes, Siberia, the Amazon River, Libyan waterways, Egypt waterways, Israel's coastal waters, etc..

My point is, he was an expert when it came to bodies of water and how to navigate them, HOWEVER, I never trusted him to put ANY of my defensive weapons on any boat, barge, sledge pulled by dogs, police boats, Coast Guard boats, the Alaskan north “water freeze ways”, African waterways.

NEVER put your weapons on anyone’s property that floats (like boats) as they are naturally magnetized to want to lie on the bottom of water. They will jump into water all by themselves and you will never get them back.

I do not care how experienced the person is who is on the water, you are going to lose your freaking weapons if you allow them to be above water - just wait, someone is going to post on this thread that they lost their weapons because they had them above water.

How many more weapons are going to be lost because you do not understand, will not accept, weapons love water, are magnetized to be on the bottom of the water - sheesh, you are so dense not to believe my study of water and weapons.

15 posted on 01/05/2016 2:50:19 PM PST by Marcella (CRUZ (Prepping can save your life today))
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To: VRW Conspirator

#1 correlation with boating tragedies is the same as the #1 correlation with swimming, rv, snowmobile, skiing, hunting tragedies. It is the same as the #1 correlation with tragedies in the home, tragedies with guns, tragedies on the highway.

Alcohol statistically has the #1 correlation with most all tragedies.

16 posted on 01/05/2016 2:55:34 PM PST by spintreebob
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To: VRW Conspirator

I just obtained my Dad’s Ranger bass boat. He had it for 28 years and can no longer manage the ins and outs at his age.

I am looking for the smart way to carry on his passion. So ANY advice would be appreciated. It is a very well maintained boat and I have been afforded the luxury of decent weather to test it out on Lake Lanier.

NOW - My guns have not taken a swimming class and will wear life jackets when motoring around. But I cannot prevent them from enjoying the water like I do.

17 posted on 01/05/2016 3:21:40 PM PST by Dacula (Southern lives matter!)
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Alcohol statistically has the #1 correlation with most all tragedies.

It also correlated to my first pregnancy!

18 posted on 01/05/2016 3:35:52 PM PST by MeganC (The Republic of The United States of America: 7/4/1776 to 6/26/2015 R.I.P.)
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Mrs. Bears had that same experience.

Probably a good thing that, at the time, I had just experienced the first of many tragic boating accidents.

19 posted on 01/05/2016 3:56:01 PM PST by Arm_Bears (I'll have what the gentleman on the floor is drinking.)
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To: VRW Conspirator

20 posted on 01/05/2016 4:02:18 PM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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