One of the cool perks of having a boat is you get to have a unique venue when you decide to spend some time with family and friends. However, if you plan to have guests on board, it’s important they are aware of what’s expected of them, especially those who are not familiar with boating.
Here are tips to handle your boating guests.
– Family and friends on board should be familiar with boating safety tips and what to do during an emergency.
– Let your guests know beforehand if they’re required to perform boating tasks. Make sure your appointee is also knowledgeable of the task.
– All guests should have non-skid deck shoes.
– If you plan on visiting a foreign port, let your guests know of this so they can prepare the necessary documents.
– Your guests should be aware that your journey will be based on the tide and the weather conditions.
– Make sure you have someone who can operate the VHF radio for you in case something bad happens to you.
Boating with Children
Boating with the family is a great way to spend quality time, especially when kids are involved. Children can already be assigned tasks, which, in return, will teach them all about responsibility. However, safety is of great importance if you decide to bring the little ones with you out into the waters. Life jackets are a must when boating with children. Invest in one that’s designed for them, preferably one with a whistle. Teach the kids how to use the whistle for emergencies.
The type of boat to use is also important to make the experience a lot more fun when youngsters are around. Ideally, a family boat with a cuddy cabin is a great option. Bowriders, deckboats, runabouts and even center console fishing boats sometimes have small cuddy cabin to keep the little ones comfortable whenever they need some rest.