Whether you are thinking of embarking on a romantic evening getaway with your partner or perhaps having a relaxing poker night with a few of your mates, heading out aboard a luxury boat is a great way to spend an evening. Before you leave the dock it is important to remember that boating practices during the night are very different to those during the day. Use the following night boating tips as a precaution:
Familiarity with both the vessel and the waterways is essential when boating at night. Unlike night time driving, there are no streetlights to help you navigate, and more importantly there are no seatbelts. Make sure the driver is well aware of any prominent hazards along the waterway you will be taking to avoid any collisions, and always have a map or navigation system to avoid getting lost.
Aside from having enough life jackets for each person on board, there are several other safety steps that are vital when boating at night. Making sure that your cruiser can be seen by other boats is a crucial night boating safety step. Make sure that all cruiser lights are fitted correctly and are of course turned on. Always ensure you have with you several safety tools such as a waterproof floating torch, first aid kit, visual distress signals, fire extinguisher and tool kit.
Navigation lights are specifically fitted to each size and class of boat and are a compulsory provision whilst using any waterway, whether operating a boat, kayak, paddle boat or jet ski. Before leaving your mooring, it is imperative to check that all navigation lights including the masthead light, sidelights and stern lights are fitted correctly and are not impeded by other lights such as deck and cabin lights.