For many people, boating is a way of life and a relaxing sojourn into nature. However, this isn’t the safest hobby when weather conditions turn sour; in fact, best safety practices indicate that it’s preferable to stay off the water when it’s raining. After all, rainy weather suggests poor visibility and dangerous wave conditions. With this in mind, it’s important to check the weather before heading out. While some scenarios can’t be anticipated, you still need to be mindful of potential storm forecasts and wind patterns. But what can you do if you’re already cruising across a Texas lake or the ocean?
It all comes down to preparation. At The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC, we know it’s impossible to keep a good boater down, but when the rain shows up, it’s time to go home. To help you stay safe in rainy weather, our Austin boating accident lawyers have compiled this essential list of safety tips to get you safely back to shore:
- Never ignore weather alerts.
- Always let a shore-bound friend or family member know that you’re going to be out on the water.
- Create a Float Plan that lists your itinerary, boat registration information, available communication methds, and the names and phone numbers of everyone in your party.
- Don’t imbibe if you’re operating a watercraft.
- Make sure everyone on your boat (including your pet!) is wearing a personal flotation device.
- Turn on your boats navigation lights.
- Activate your boat’s radar (if it’s equipped).
- Even if the water conditions are rough, don’t drop your anchor until you reach shore.
- Operate your boat at a safe speed.
- If visibility is poor, sound your horn so other boaters can notice you.
- On that note, watch out for other fleeing watercrafts.
- Always follow any buoys or markers
The US Coast Guard offers a Float Plan template on their website and even has downloadable mobile apps that allow you to email your plan to multiple people.
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Poor weather is no excuse for negligence. Even if it’s raining, all boaters have a responsibility to operate their watercrafts safely and with the well being of others in mind. Contact the Austin boating accident attorneys at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC if you’ve been injured in a collision. Our experienced litigators have recovered millions on behalf our clients. We offer 24/7 legal services, so call today!
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