US Boatworks will be open this MONDAY, JULY 3 from 9-5 pm to serve you before the July 4th holiday. We are closed Tuesday, July 4 and will re-0pen Wednesday, July 5 at 9 am.
This July 4th many families will travel to their favorite lake and take their boat out on the water. As usual, hours of preparation go into getting ready for an outing at the lake. Preparation most likely will include cleaning your boat, tuning up the engine and making boat repairs as necessary. Over the last few years, I have written many articles with tips on getting your boat out on the water. You can find tips about boat engine preparation from the article I wrote this spring. Part of that preparation also includes safety measures. Please read our list of boating safety equipment you should always carry with you. You can even have your boat safety inspected by a trained professional to be sure you meet all the recommended safety measures. After all that hard work, planning and preparing, we hope everyone has a great holiday and that your boat runs great.
We appreciate all of our valued customers and recognize that our success is only because great boaters come back year after year. Thank you to all who support US Boatworks.
The US Coastguard Auxiliary has free tools to check the safety of your boat. Their Vessel Safety Website allows boaters to become educated on boating safety. First, download the Vessel Safety Manual to be clear on the rules and regulations regarding boating safety. Second, do an on-line virtual safety check that addresses of the following:
Display your boat’s registration number properly
Keep boat’s registration papers on board
Have US Coastguard approved lifejackets for everyone on board
Carry visual distress signals for day and night viewing
Carry sound producing distress device (whistle, air horn..)
Keep proper amount of fire extinguishers on board
Properly ventilate gasoline
Backfire Flame Control device on board
Distress sound producing device on board
Pollution Placard posted if applicable
Marpol trash placard posted if applicable
Coastguard approved toilet if applicable
Navigation rules on boat for reference
Meet State & Local regulations
Other safety precautions -deck free of hazards, electrical and fuel systems safe
Once you are in compliance with their guidelines, ask for a free vessel examiner to come to your marina or driveway to inspect your boat. Simply complete the on-line request and someone will be in contact with you. Once passed, you will be awarded a “Vessel Safety Check” decal. This decal alerts US Coastguard and enforcement officials that you are in compliance with the law. Best of all, you will sleep better knowing you are taking family and friend out on the water in a safe vessel.
Planning for a day out on the lake can take some time. The most skilled planner will have lists of items to buy before the trip, items to bring in the car for the ride to the lake and also a list of items to go on the boat. Of course we remember the snacks and drinks, the water skis and fishing poles all which are a necessity for having a great time. However, with the fun list of toys comes a short list of safety items which could be a huge help in the event of a boating emergency. While we will never use all of these safety items, having the right tools when you need them can make all the difference. In fact, missing some of these items can make or break your fun day. Better yet, having the right safety gear on your boat can save a life.
Boat Safety Items:
First Aid Kit
Whistle or Air Horn
Prop Nut Wrench
While researching items for this article, we came across Federal Requirements for recreational boats published by the US Coast Guard. These regulations go into great detail as to the type of equipment necessary in its 82 page document called A Boaters Guide to Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats. Page 42 of tha
document lists the requirements based on the size of your boat. For our purposes, we are discussing boats up to 26 feet in length. Their list starts with reminding boaters that they need the required state numbering and licensing then the remaining 8 items are about safety. Similar to the list above, items required are life jackets, electric distress signals, flares, fire extinguisher, gas tank ventilation,horn or whistle, navigation lights and backfire flame arrestor for non-outboard motors. We recommend all boaters review this document in its entirety as it address safety in operating your boat as well. We will cover that topic in another post in the coming weeks.
In summary, take a few extra minutes this year before your first trip out with the boat to
be sure you have the proper safety equipment. Do it now and at the beginning of each season. A few safety precautions now can mean the difference between fun and disaster.
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The final days of our $10 off $100 promotion are upon us. Hurry over to our online boat parts store and get what you need before the coupon expires. When you enter memorialsave10 coupon code at checkout, you will receive $10 off your boat parts order of $100 or more.
Shop US Boatworks for all your boat part needs. We stock over 2 million sterndrive and outboard parts from Mercury, Mercruiser, Mariner, Force, Evinrude, Johnson, OMC, Volvo-Penta, Nissan and Tohatsu. Be sure to try our micro-fiche online boat parts look up for easy shopping. Simply choose your manufacturer, then model # and locate the part you need from the engine drawings that appear on the screen. You can put the part in your shopping cart from the same screen. No need to copy part #’s and locate them on a different screen.
If you we don’t have what you need at our online store, please call or email us. We are your one stop shop for hard to find, obsolete boat parts. Our NLA boat parts are not available in our online store so it’s important to get in touch with us. Our owner and staff spend thousands of hours every year scouring the country finding the obsolete parts you need. Often times we pay above retail to obtain NLA parts depending on demand. Once we locate the parts, we pay to ship them to our mid-west warehouse where each part is unpacked, thoroughly inspected, entered into inventory and then categorized in our expansive parts warehouse. Working hard to keep you on the water is our priority and being a source for hard to find, no longer available boat parts is an important piece for those who want to keep an old boat motor running.