The end of May is swiftly approaching. Is your boat ready? Have you reviewed your boat insurance coverage?
Getting ready to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend for boat enthusiasts means preparing to hit the waves and kick off the summer boating season right.
As we honor and mourn the military personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces, we gather with those closest to us and enjoy time together over the long weekend. With the worldwide pandemic ongoing, it is nice to plan for a long weekend in the fresh air offshore with our nearest and dearest.
In addition to visiting the graves of America’s fallen in cemeteries and paying respects at military memorials, many traditions include decking out boats from stem to stern in the red, white, and blue. You may choose to place a wreath in the water in honor of the fallen. Decorate with flags, throw pillows, napkins, and place settings, and even food and flowers echo the stars and stripes on many vessels for both Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Just remember that in addition to scrubbing, polishing, and all the fun and festive aesthetic touches, getting your boat ready should include the following safety steps:
- A visual inspection of your boat. Has anything sustained damage over the winter?
- Close inspection of:
- Fuel systems
- Water pump
- Bearings and seals
- Coupler and hitch
- Tires and wheels
- Review your boat insurance coverage before you head out.
- Ensure your first aid kit is well stocked.
- Check your emergency supplies and rations.
- Make sure your life jackets are in good shape and aired out, ready for use.
Does someone among your party have current first aid certification? Now is the time to brush up on any first aid or boating safety skills! And remember to mention relevant certifications to your boat insurance specialist when you ask for a boat insurance quote.
Boating: What better way to remember and reflect on the freedom we enjoy because of the brave souls who sacrificed everything for us and our country? May this Memorial Weekend carry extra meaning and hope to all of you. Bon, voyage!
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