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Safety should always come first in any day to day activity or lifestyle. Being safe today ensures that you get the opportunity to live to the fullest tomorrow. Here at Irwin Law Firm, our boat accident lawyer wants to make sure that you are safe when out in the water or on a boat. We are providing crucial safety tips every boat owner should know about. Our maritime lawyer is here for you. Our law team is here for you, Miami!


Safety Tips You Need To Know!

  • Be prepared with safety gear
    • Here are some essential items to keep on board no matter the size of your boat:
      • Flashlight
      • Duct tape 
      • Bucket
      • First aid kit
      • Whistle 
      • Ropes
      • Mirror
      • Fire extinguisher 
      • Life jackets 
  • Bring proper life jackets
    • Life jackets do more than simply keep you afloat. Many are designed to turn an unconscious person face-up and even help prevent hypothermia. By law, all boats must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board. 
  • Check the weather before you head out
    • Warm, sunny days are ideal for boating, but you can’t always predict when a storm will roll in. Varying gusts of wind and choppy water are signs of an approaching storm.
  • Do not overload the boat with equipment or people
    • Always follow your boat’s capacity restriction. Overloading with passengers or equipment can unbalance your craft.
  • Check for harmful fumes
    • After refueling your boat, open all the hatches and smell for fumes. If detected, don’t start the engine.
  • Use common sense
    • Rules on the water aren’t much different than rules on the road. It’s important to use common sense, such as staying alert at all times, operating at a safe speed and ensuring that passengers stay safely within the boat’s railings.
  • Follow anchoring procedures
    • To keep the wind from dragging your boat, you may need to drop two anchors in a V-formation at the front of the craft to keep it from drifting. 
  • Follow proper docking procedures
    • Depending on the wind, the current and your type of boat, docking can be a challenge. As you approach the dock or shore, make sure your bumpers are out to prevent damage to your craft, reduce your speed, and make sure the docking lines are secured. 


Our Maritime Lawyer is Here For You!

Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida – the Yachting Capital of the World, Irwin Law Firm is a full-service practice providing personalized service in maritime and commercial litigation, yacht transactions – domestic and foreign, personal injury litigation, contracts for new vessel construction – purchase and charter, and dispute resolutions.


Call Our Boat Accident Lawyer

Handing information on a personal injury lawsuit can get very confusing and overwhelming. This is why you should leave it to our professionals to handle all of it. We are your best resource when it comes to maritime law and a maritime lawyer. At Irwin Law Firm, we are experts. You can trust our cruise ship lawyers. Get a chance to meet the best maritime attorney in the state! Call or visit us today to get more information. We are located at 205 W. Davie Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315 and can be reached at our office number (954) 775-2301. We are the boat accident lawyer you can trust.