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Required steps before launching your boat

Can't wait to get back out on the water? We understand!
But before leaving, a few important steps are necessary to ensure you set sail in complete safety. Here are a few things to keep in mind before taking to the water.

Weather
Forecast

Always check the weather because conditions can change very quickly in summer. You can get up-to-date information at any time on the Coast Guard’s VHF frequency. There are also a number of other sources of information on developing storms and wind speeds. Each boater has his or her favorite: Environment Canada, Weather Network’s radar map, the Weather Channel, SkyMotion, or AccuWeather. It’s your choice. If the color of the sky doesn’t match the forecast, it’s always better to trust your senses.

Water Body
Restrictions

Water bodies can be fun, but most have a number of down sides. To avoid nasty surprises like rapids or shoals, make sure to have a nautical chart with you. Or you can buy a sonar equipped with underwater mapping software. It’s easy to understand and fun to use, and will help you avoid areas that could damage your Princecraft®. After all, not all parts of a water body are good for boating.

Boat
Inspections

Did you know that almost half of all emergency calls are the result of mechanical failure? Make sure that your boat’s mechanics are in good working order and that you have enough gas in your tank for your outing. Remember to inspect the general condition of your boat, both inside and outside. The hull, motor, navigation lights, and electronics must all be in ship shape before you head off.

3, 2, 1, and you're in the water!

Launching your boat can be stressful, especially if other boaters are waiting their turn to use the ramp. The key is to take thing slowly. Taking a few more minutes will increase your confidence, and your safety.

Have a good outing!

Safety
Standards

Before you leave, you must inform your passengers of the safety features of the boat, such as where the life jackets, first aid kit, oars, and fire extinguisher are located and how to use them in an emergency. You should also warn them about the effect of the boat’s movement, as well as the sun, waves, and wind. Did you know for example, that the effect of alcohol on your body is greatly enhanced in a boat? For everyone’s safety, make sure your passengers don’t drink too much. Here’s a tip to prevent overdrinking: keep only a small amount of alcohol on board and bring lots of nonalcoholic drinks.