Big Weekend, Big Trouble?

Big Weekend, Big Trouble?
BoatUS has some tips for the "kick-off" of boating season, traditionally the second busiest time on the water.

BoatUS offers tips to help get boat ready for Memorial Day outing

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- For many of the nation's 80 million recreational boaters, the upcoming Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer boating season. Like a football game "kick-off," boaters will work to a frenzy to get their boats in the water by the May 27 goal line. 

But what is different this time of year, reports Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), is that both the boat owner and their boat may need extra preparation.

"Each new season, we're rusty and we need to remind ourselves how we keep it safe by reviewing the nautical rules of the road, or taking care of important safety gear like inflatable life jackets or flares," BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston said.

To help them, the Foundation offers both a free online safety course and "Boater's Toolbox," with an animated rules of the road section and instructional simulator games, information on life jackets, safe and clean fueling, and required safety equipment at www.BoatUS.com/foundation. 


Edmonston also recommends getting a free Vessel Safety Check offered by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and US Power Squadrons. You can request one or do an online "virtual" vessel safety check at www.safetyseal.net.


The No. 1 reason for on water boat breakdowns this time of year is incomplete spring commissioning, reports BoatUS Towing Services.


"Everyone is rushing to get back on the water, and after this winter, who can blame them?" BoatUS Towing Services Vice President Adam Wheeler said. "But in their rush to be on the water again, they miss something, like a corroded battery terminal wire, or fuel line that needs replacing."

Fuel issues top the list for causes of boat breakdowns, followed by battery and charging system problems. BoatUS has a free spring commissioning checklist at www.BoatUS.com/seaworthy/spring_checklist. 

Adding to boaters' troubles could be the increased boating traffic. 


"Memorial Day is traditionally the second-busiest day of the year for requests for on water assistance, after July 4th. If the weather holds it could be very a busy weekend," Wheeler said. 

If you do need on water or on the road trailer assistance, the BoatUS Towing App, available for free at www.BoatUS.com/towing/app, can help speed response times as it provides precise location information. For more information about BoatUS Towing Services, go to www.BoatUS.com/towing. 

About BoatUS: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits that include marina and West Marine shopping discounts, and vital information that improves the boating, fishing and sailing lifestyle. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating.


Recommended for You

Adam Heggenstaller takes over after 14 years with NRA Publications. News

Game & Fish Magazine Names New Editorial Director

G&F Online Staff - May 23, 2019

Adam Heggenstaller takes over after 14 years with NRA Publications.

Brush-style bowfishing arrow rest and kits designed for simplicity and reliability. Bows

New TRUGLO Bowfishing EZ•Rest

May 23, 2019

Brush-style bowfishing arrow rest and kits designed for simplicity and reliability.

While misunderstood by some, fishing bottom bouncers can be a very productive technique for walleyes in early summer. Walleye

How to Fish Bottom Bouncers for Walleye

Mark Sak - May 23, 2019

While misunderstood by some, fishing bottom bouncers can be a very productive technique for...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Berkley

Berkley's Surge Shad

Major League Fishing pro Scott Suggs has relied on the Berkley Surge Shad lure concept for years, using similar designs to capture MLF titles and a $1 million dollar FLW Forrest Cup win. With new features in the Surge Shad, Suggs tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead that even he can find success out on the water!

Lure Lock Tackle Cases: No-Spill, No-Scent

Lure Lock Tackle Cases: No-Spill, No-Scent

Glenn Walker talks us through the soy-based technology that makes Lure Lock cases spill-proof and scent-proof. With Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

New Spinning Reel for Finesse Fishermen

New Spinning Reel for Finesse Fishermen

As Pure Fishing's Andrew Upshaw explains, reel making giant Abu Garcia has done it again at ICAST 2019 with a new spinning reel geared towards finesse fishermen.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

 Catfish tend to be found in shallower water at night, but they are still active during the day; Catfish

Catfish Night & Day: How to Catch 'Em Both Ways

Terry Madewell - April 04, 2018

Catfish tend to be found in shallower water at night, but they are still active during the...

The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use bait rigs for stripers. Other Freshwater

3 Deadly Bait Rigs For Stripers

J.B. Kasper - April 21, 2005

The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use bait rigs for stripers.

 A 7 pound giant taken on a jig during the pre-spawn transistion in the Midwest.

Although the art Bass

4 Tips When Jig Fishing For Bass

Chris Schneider - August 25, 2015

A 7 pound giant taken on a jig during the pre-spawn transistion in the Midwest. Although...

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×