Matthew & Kerry Haugen
Madison, WI & Deerfield
           CALL            (608) 239-3212


You only need to watch the car commercials to see all of the new and improved safety features that are being designed. Airbags wherever they can fit them, technology that makes sure you’re still awake, and even cars that do much of the driving themselves and brake in anticipation of an accident! In a boat, however, it’s the driver and passengers who need to not only bring their own safety device, but also be safety-aware.

Safety Checklist for Every Boat Owner

To help get you started, below is a checklist for all boat owners to keep onboard to run through before each outing.

Make Your Plans Known

Whether it’s just a day of fishing or you’re spending a weekend doing some camping and water activities, make sure somebody knows exactly where you plan to be and when you expect to return. If anything happens on your journey and you don’t check in, this information is valuable to the coast guard and marine authorities.

Check Ahead

When you’re planning your next trip, speak with your local weather and water authorities about what type of conditions you can expect. If they advise against going out on the water - don’t go! The day before and the morning of your journey, check again and make sure it’s safe to hit the water.

Visual Inspection

It only takes a small dent or crack in your boat’s body from water debris to cause serious trouble when you’re on the water. Before you even leave home, take a walk around your boat and inspect it thoroughly. If you see anything that raises cause for concern, have it seen to before you put your boat in the water.

Gauges and Electronics

As you drive, your gauges are going to be crucial to knowing how the boat is performing. Turn on all of your electronics and make sure all of your dials and reporting apparatus are performing correctly. While you’re at it, turn on any and all electronics to make sure they’re all functioning. This tip is particularly important for your GPS and radio devices which you will need in the event of an emergency. To get the best engine oil and fluids for your boat, speak with an expert at MKH Performance, LLC by calling (608) 239-3212 and ask about the right product for you. If you would like to read further information about the range of AMSOIL products in stock, the online store can help.

Emergency Box

There are two important aspects to a boat’s emergency box:
  1. Does it contain the right equipment?
  2. Does everybody know where it is?
Your local marine authorities can give you further advice, but a good place to start when packing your emergency box is with the following items:
  • First aid kit
  • Battery powered radios
  • GPS Device
  • Battery powered lighting (bright)
  • Signal flares
  • Whistle
  • Tool kit
  • Emergency contact numbers and radio frequencies
Once you have your emergency box packed, be sure that it is secure, visible, and all passengers know how to access it.

A Lifejacket for Every Single Person

If you don’t have a life jacket for a passenger, then that passenger has no space on your boat. Simple. When planning your trip, be sure that you not only have a life jacket for all passengers, but you also have the right size. Tempting as it may be, adult and kid life jackets are not interchangeable and not appropriate.

Drive Smoothly

It can be exciting accelerating to full throttle as fast as possible and then turning hard into corners to cause splashes. That is, until somebody falls off the boat and injures themselves. Remember that a boat trip is meant to be relaxing and enjoyable, so slow down your driving style. When you are coming up to turns, consider your passengers and adjust your throttle accordingly.

Passenger Education

In the event that the driver is involved in an emergency, other passengers need to know how to call for help or act in a situation. Before you leave, give all of your passengers a quick crash-course on how the boat operates, how to use the radio to call for help, and where to locate the emergency supply box.

Keep Your Boat in Good Shape

A boat that is not well maintained is not a safe boat. To prevent breakdowns on the water, check your fluid levels before you leave home and top up anything that’s running low. Your motor oil is going to be the most important and the first place to start. Next, check your coolant and hydraulic steering fluid (if you have it). This is not a complete list of your fluids as every boat is different, so take out your owner’s manual and find out which fluids your boat needs and check their levels.

Boats Can Also Benefit From a Synthetic Oil Change

Your mechanic likely performs a synthetic oil change on your car each time you take it in for service, which helps to keep your car running smooth and at its best. The same goes for your boat, however, your car mechanic isn’t likely able to help. To do this yourself, you just need the right products. Speak with MKH Performance, LLC at (608) 239-3212 about the type of boat and engine you own and find out which products are best suited to it. If you have a general idea of what you might want, the online store has additional information on the products available.

 (608) 239-3212

 406 Morningisde Dr 
    Deerfield, WI 53531
    United States

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