Boat Safety

When my boys were old enough to get their boating license, I made them jump through all sorts of hoops before I would give my consent. First, they had to take a . I quizzed them on what they learned, especially Coast Guard recommended safety precautions.

I then had them promise me that life vests would be worn at all times. They assured me and went one step further by showing me where and how they looked up weather reports before each outing. The final step was to make sure they knew all about boat maintenance, including how to check and replace Yamalube 2W oil. Both of them met my expectations and were allowed to apply for their boating licenses.

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Rules and Regulations for Boating in Florida

Now that May is upon us, warm weather is starting to reach even the colder climates. If you’re fortunate enough to live in or visit a warmer region, like Florida, make sure you know the boating rules and regulations before you head out on open waters. You don’t want to ruin your vacation with a violation ticket!

First off, any person born after January 1, 1988 who wants to operate a ten or more horsepower boat in Florida must have a Florida Boating Safety Education Identification card. Every boater, regardless of birth date, needs to be compliant with safety and equipment rules, marine life awareness, personal watercraft, and boating under the influence. Those rules, as well as the regulations for catching saltwater and freshwater fish, are available online. Don’t forget to get your boat in tip-top shape with Evinrude XD100 oil!

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Great Gifts for Boaters This Holiday Season: Part 2

If you’re shopping for an avid boater and you’re not familiar with the requirements of being on the water then gift giving can be tough. But it doesn’t have to be. For any on-the-water enthusiast a versatile, top-quality captain’s bag can make a huge difference. Whether it’s for keeping food or other essentials, a captain’s bag is a versatile addition to any boater’s repertoire. And the best part is, they’re affordable.

You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to make this year’s boating better than the last. With the multitude of pockets most captain’s bags provide there’s always room for just one more thing. From first aid kits to an electronic fish finder or your GPS, there’s enough room for everything you’ll need on the water. Keep your cell phone, keys and wallets safe and dry, or tote your lures and fishing gear in style.

Don’t forget a complete supply of Evinrude XD50 oil for the gift a healthier engine.

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Boating Safety: Part Two

Although a body of water won’t have designated lanes like a highway, there are still laws in place that dictate the proper flow of traffic for boaters. Just as when driving an automobile— in the United States at least— boaters should stay to the right and, generally, work in a counterclockwise motion around a lake or large body of water. This one rule will greatly reduce your risk on the water, but be alert, as other boaters may not be aware of this requirement.

When pulling a skier, wakeboarder or even an innertuber, it is crucial to stay attentive and constantly survey your surroundings. Always have an extra person on board to keep an eye on the person being pulled in case they go down. Keep a safety flag stowed away with your reserve fuel, Evinrude XD 100 oil and other gear; this is used to alert other boaters when there is a person in the water.

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