Keep Your Boat Safe While Towing With These Tips

Boating Safety

Towing your boat to the lake can be one of the most dangerous parts of your boating trip. Without taking the proper precautions, you may find yourself stuck on dry land. Inspecting your trailer and boat before reaching the launch ramp can help to keep you and your boat safe. Keep these safe boating tips in mind the next time you are headed to the water.

  • Inspect the trailer, hardware, lights, and wiring to ensure that everything is in good condition and working properly.
  • Make sure that the tires are properly inflated and have enough tread to get you to the water safely.
  • Check the trailer to ensure that it is properly attached to your vehicle, and that all safety chains and lights are connected.
  • Never allow anyone to ride in the boat while it is being towed, even if you are headed down the launch ramp.
  • When taking the boat out of the water and towing it home, make any necessary adjustments if the boat has taken in water. A watered down boat can have a much different weight distribution and handling.
  • While you are launching the boat, observe all the proper boat ramp etiquette. Have the boat completely ready to launch before you enter the launch ramp. Take a look at the launch ramp before backing up to know how far you have to go.
  • As soon as your boat is safely floating in the water, pull your car away and off the launch ramp to make room for the next boat to get in the water.

Most importantly, check your boat insurance policy to make sure that you have the right amount of coverage on and off the water. Contact Brown & Brown Insurance in Anaheim, California for all of your boat insurance coverage needs.