Boating Safety Guide: Staying Safe on the Water
You learned the "rules of the road" before you sat behind the wheel of a car, and you should do the same before taking the helm. Just like studying to get your driver’s license, it is very important to have the boating information and certifications you need to be a safe boater before you hit the water. In fact, a number of states require powerboat operators to take a boater’s education course and carry a license or certificate proving successful course completion any time they're on the water. By consulting a safe boating guide and obtaining the required certificates beforehand, you not only protect yourself and family but other boaters on the water.
- Follow our pre-departure checklist to double check that you have everything you need for a day on the water.
- You can have a safe vessel year round by utilizing our semi-annual maintenance guide.
What is a catamaran? Catamaran boats are defined as boats with two hulls. Although similar in some aspects, you will find some key differences when comparing both sailing catamarans and power catamarans (often called "power cats").
While you should always be aware of your surroundings when you're at the helm, you should be on full alert whenever you're entering an area with shallow or "skinny" water. Learn more about the best boats for shallow water and tips for navigating these waterways.
Working with a boat dealer can help make the buying process easy and simple. Buying at a dealership has a number of advantages, including on-going customer support and service, assistance with boat financing, and a smooth transition into boat ownership.