Memorial Day Weekend is widely considered to be the start of the summer boating season. It’s often the time when boaters bring their vessels out of the winter dry dock into the water for the first time all year. This time of year, Florida has nearly one million recreational and commercial vessel registrations.
Whether you’re sailing to the Keys, the Bahamas, or exploring the Intracoastal waterways this Memorial Day weekend, have fun and be safe. With all the boats in the water, it is important to be weary of collisions and wrecks.
This week is also National Safe Boating Week, reminding boaters everywhere to make educated decisions and harbor good safety equipment. According to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, there were 620 boating accidents in Florida last year and 657 accidents in 2008. Most of the boaters in wrecks last year (70%) had no formal boating education. Numbers showed that they were relatively experienced boaters with an average age of 36. Alcohol was not so much a factor as inattention.
Water safety experts remind you to have your vessel checked out thoroughly before leaving port. Captains be sure to check safety equipment and electronics on the ship.
Atlantic Yacht and Ship is a yacht brokerage in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that offers new and used motor yacht for sale. We offer free boat appraisals and our excellent customer service will take the stress out of buying or selling a boat. If you’re planning a destination trip, Atlantic Yacht and Ship offers yacht charters to your location of choice. Remember to have a fun and safe kick-off to the summer boating season!