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Category: Boat Safety

Preventing and Managing Boat Launch Failure

Launching a boat can be a scary experience for the first timer. Without proper training and the guidance of an expert, your boat could easily fail to launch, causing it to sink or you to get injured. Here are a few tips from the San Diego boat experts at Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. to help you have a safe and successful first launch. Practice Launching Your Boat It might sound cliché, but practice makes perfect. There are several public boat launching areas in San Diego, and their large parking spaces provide adequate space for launch practice. However, any large and…

Knots Every Boater Should Know How to Tie

Knot tying is an intrinsic part of boating and sailing, and imperative for staying safe when docked or on the water. Whether you’re a regular weekend boater or still just looking at used yachts in San Diego, here are 5 knots every sailor should know how to tie. Cleat Hitch The cleat hitch knot is most commonly used to secure a line to a boat or to tie a boat to the dock. It looks deceptively simple, and the number of turns recommended will vary by source due to the rope used, but when it doubt, add more. Bowline The…

Great Gadgets for Every Boater

If you have a boating enthusiast in your life but aren’t quite sure what kind of gifts to get him or her, look no further. Here is a glimpse at five of the best gadgets and gizmos any boater will enjoy, furnished by the boating pros at Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. in San Diego, CA. Hybrid Flashlights There can never be too many flashlights on-board a boat, but lugging around packs of batteries can be cumbersome. Hybrid flashlights utilize small solar panels, magnets, or a retractable hand crank to provide hours of light. Depending on the flashlight, battery life is…

Emergency Preparedness for San Diego Boaters

Boating in the summer should be a relaxing activity but nothing ruins a boating trip like an accident or breaking down nowhere near shore. Anything can happen while you are on a boat, just as anything can happen when you are on land, so make the most out of your summer boating season by following these boating safety tips and measures. Guide To Boating Safety Rule #1 to boating safety: always have a safety kit fully stocked on board. These kits include items such as first aid supplies, extra flotation devices, reflectors, whistles or horns, flare guns, fire extinguishers, rope,…

Safety & Life Jackets: What Every Boater Should Know

Anyone who has ever been boating knows how much fun it can be. The wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and the smell of the sea air are some of the best feelings for boating enthusiasts. However, safety on the water is of the utmost importance and that’s where life jackets come into play. Statistics show that among the 2010 boating fatalities, 67% were the result of drowning, and of that segment, 84% were not wearing life jackets. When you think of a life jacket, you likely picture a bright orange horse collar that is not only…

Towing Your Second Greatest Investment

When you tow your second greatest investment – your boat – down the highway, you’ll have safety chains for the trailer and an outboard. You’ll know your tow vehicle’s towing capacity from the information in the owner’s manual. You’ll plug the trailer lights in to test them and you’ll check tire pressures on your vehicle and trailer. Yes, these are the basics for safe boat towing, however, you can still do more to protect yourself and your “baby.” First, be mindful of the amount of fuel in your tanks. Free space in the fuel tank allows fuel to move slightly…

Safe Anchoring Advice for Boaters

At Ballast Point Yachts, Inc in San Diego, we think one of the best parts of owning a boat is the chance to anchor up, relaxing on board or exploring on shore. However, before you can enjoy the afternoon, there are a few things that you need to know to be sure that you’re anchoring safely. The following is an introductory guide that will provide you with the know-how you’ll need to anchor whenever you need or want. First, you’ll need to evaluate your equipment. On at least an annual basis, check your anchoring equipment and ensure that everything is…