If you own a boat, there is plenty you must know in order to operate it safely when on the waters in Gulf Breeze. It’s entirely possible that you could leave in the morning for an excursion with the weather completely fine and then it changes dramatically in the middle of your trip. Here are some safety tips for boating through a storm.

The first thing you need to do is put on your life jacket. Make sure every person on the boat with you puts their life jacket on as well. You don’t want to wait until it is too late to try to find a life jacket and put it on as the boat is sinking or after it has capsized.

Any objects or gear that is not needed to navigate the storm should be put away securely. These objects can fly around the boat and crash into you or your passengers, knocking you unconscious or throwing you overboard.

All windows and latches on the boat should be closed and secured. This will help prevent water from entering areas of the boat that are not easy to drain when not docked or not on land.

Be sure you slow down the boat’s speed. You don’t want to be navigating the boat through rough seas at high rates of speed. You still need to maintain headway, which means there still needs to be a bit of power coming from the engine, but make sure you slow your speed.

It’s never a good idea to go out on your boat during a storm, which is why it should be avoided as much as possible. If you get stuck on the water in a freak storm, you need to follow these safety tips in order to avoid an accident and subsequent injuries. If you’ve had an accident with injuries involving a negligent party, call the Law Offices of John W. Merting. John is an experienced injury attorney people have called for help for over 40 years.