Use boat radar and a navigation system
GPS can be used for navigating waters and tracking topography and
underwater fixed objects that are not apparent. Keep your GPS software
up to date as fixed objects can move over time, new ones may emerge and
inlets and channels are constantly changing. In the event of an
electrical outage, the U.S. Coast Guard mobile app can be used as a replacement for your GPS.
Be familiar with the waters and aware of your surroundings
Learn the waterways, the times of low and high tide, the shoreline and the location of sandbars, reefs and large rocks. It’s also very important to pay attention at all times.
Take a boating safety training course
Many states now require this education training and we highly recommend it no matter where you live.
I keep a lot of safety equipment and backup equipment such as radios, parts, tools and EPIRBs (emergency position indicating radio beacons) on the boat. Also, keeping up with little issues helps to prevent larger issues.– Advice from a fellow PURE member
Inspect your electrical system regularly
Starting at the beginning of every season, check to make sure all grounding wires are grounded correctly and enlist a qualified technician to ensure all electrical connections are clean, tight and corrosion-free.
Install surge protectors
It is critical to keep safety components like your radio, navigation and power supply to your boat operable. Prevent damage from a lightning strike or generator malfunction with surge protectors and in-line surge protectors.
Work with a lightning specialist
Get a risk management assessment by a lightning expert for individualized advice on your specific vessel.