Every boat is a compromise. It’s a fact of life. So when you’re trying to find a boat that fits your on-water lifestyle you know there’s no such thing as perfection. There are only boats that can achieve some percentage — you hope a large percentage — of what you have in mind.
Most boaters will agree that food tastes better straight off the grill—particularly on a warm summer day, after you spend many hours out on the water. Waterfront restaurants and bars are generally pretty convenient, but you’re often limited by access, hours of operation, and menu options.
Summer in GCC can be clashing for boaters. The leaves are turning hues and a few of us are getting in those last couple of travels before we need to put the boat away for the hot. For others, it may be an ideal opportunity to offer.
According to change.org, “Access to clean water is not just a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue. An animal welfare issue. A sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, and it affects all of us.”
So today, I am posting about ways boaters can help to protect water resources in support of Blog Action Day. I’ll be joining forces with over 4,000 blogs, as well as fellow boating blogs that are also supporting the cause…
Here are some Ways Boaters can Protect Water Resources…
Reduce Use of Water Bottles
Boaters tend to drink a lot of bottled water. Most boaters can go through a case of water a weekend when the weather gets hot. In fact, the U.S., Mexico and China lead the world in bottled water consumption, with people in the U.S. drinking an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year. Yes it’s important to stay hydrated, but there are more eco-friendly options for drinking cold water on a boat like insulated water bottles. Reducing the amount of bottled water we use helps cut back on petroleum, carbon emissions, and of course, waste. It also helps protect ecosystems in rural areas where spring water is mined.
Use More Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
As boaters, we should be concerned about chemical runoff and water pollution. We need to protect the rivers, lakes, bays and oceans we love. Using non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products on boats will help the cause.
Just as there are ways to conserve water in your home, you can conserve water on your boat. Simple things like stopping a leaking hose on the dock, or limiting the number of times you wash your boat (an easy task for some!), can help make a difference.
Limit Use of Technology Gadgets
Your technology footprint has a impact on how much water is used. For example, an iPhone requires half a liter of water to charge. On an average day, 500 billion liters of water travel through U.S. power plants to power all the technology that we use every day. Consider tech gadgets that have multi-purpose functions – like an iPhone with GPS or a chartplotter with fish finding. It saves space on a boat and is more convenient – not to mention the energy and water savings.
Support Clean Marina Initiatives
By choosing to dock your boat at a clean marina – for your annual slip or transient stays – you are supporting green or clean marina programs. Boaters should also be respectful of clean marina programs or environmentally responsible policies at marinas – like being careful of spills at the fuel dock, using oil absorbers, proper disposal of oil and chemicals and using eco-friendly cleaners.
Water safety tips for kids around boats, lakes, pools and at the dock to keep summer swimming fun safe for your little ones
Trips to the marina, long weekends at the lake, and pool parties galore — there is nothing quite like splashing the summer away.
As with any summer activity, swimming, boating, and playing by the water comes with a fair amount of risk for youngsters. According to Kids Health, about 1,000 kids die per year in the United States from accidental drowning, and it makes up the second leading cause of accidental death for people aged five to 24.
While experienced boaters likely know the best way to keep their kids safe around the water, families new to the boating community may be worried about water safety. There are risks, but this doesn’t mean that you need to spend your summer worrying. With the right knowledge and safety practices, you can keep your kids and their friends safe while they swim and spend time near the water.
Start by following these simple water safety tips and passing on this information to your loved ones.
This is one of the best steps you can take to keep younger children safe in and around the water. While it might be tempting to sit and chat with other adults, make sure that someone is monitoring the children at all times.
A good rule of thumb, in the open water, keep the kids in your line of sight at all times. Your attention can prevent accidents and address emergencies quickly.
Teach Water Safety
As far as accident prevention goes, it’s important to teach your kids the basics of water safety. Teach them what to do when a friend is in trouble and how to calmly react when they get tired in the water, for example.
But remember, small children should have an adult with them in the water, and kids should use a child flotation device at all times until they can swim well on their own.
Sign Them Up For Lessons
Many parents choose to sign their kids up for swim lessons when they are toddlers, and there is good reason for this. By teaching your children to swim early, they will be strong in the water by the time they can swim on their own. They can also learn water safety from a young age.
Use Lights And Barriers
If you have a pool and very young children, be sure to install a fence around the perimeter to keep your children from entering unsupervised. If you have a dock, consider installing underwater lights to illuminate the water at all hours of the day and night. Underwater LED lights can last over 10,000 hours, which adds up to 34 years when used for eight hours per day, certainly making it worth your money.
Have An Emergency Plan
Even though you are doing everything in your power to prevent an emergency, you and your family need to know what to do if one happens. Teach everyone how to call for help when something happens, and consider taking CPR classes together. The more you know, the safer your family will be.
While you shouldn’t let worry ruin your days on the water, it’s important to always be aware of the risks you face. By knowing these dangers, staying prepared, and teaching your children the right skills, your family can have many enjoyable boat days to come.
Most boaters must enroll their vessels with the states in which they live or utilize their watercraft. Bigger water crafts are normally reported with the USCG, and still bigger motoryachts have regularly enlisted “offshore.”
Use these tips to easily teach others how to water ski.
Each year the USCG records a number of accidents that occur while fueling and many of them result in serious injury or worse.