The Most Common Boating Hazards

Boating around the West Hartford, CT area is an exciting way to spend your free time, but it’s also an activity with hazards. StateChoice wants our boating enthusiasts to enjoy the great outdoors safely. We hope going over these common boating hazards will help you consider the importance of safety precautions and boat insurance before you next hit the waves. 

Reckless Operation

So many accidents are caused by operators who don’t practice mindful vessel manipulation. Actions such as weaving a vessel through congested waters, wake jumping, and harassing wildlife greatly put yourself, your passengers, and the boat itself in danger. In addition, failure to maintain proper speeds, riding on the bow, and allowing yourself to be distracted can all result in falling overboard or running aground. 

Poor Maintenance

Don’t allow eagerness to let you overlook the condition of your vessel. Lack of awareness of hazards such as fuel leaks, overloaded weight, and excessive water accumulation poses a risk. Failure to stock proper safety equipment such as flotation devices, navigation lights, and fire extinguishers can make a bad accident worse.

Boating Under the Influence (BUI)

It is illegal to boat under the influence of alcohol and drugs in Connecticut. Intoxication causes impaired judgment, lack of balance, worsened vision, and slower reactions. All of these factors lead to severe accidents, many of which result in fatalities throughout the year. 

Even the safest operator on the water can end up in an accident. Whether you’re liable for an accident or the victim of someone else’s negligence, the cost of damages in a boating accident can be sky-high. StateChoice encourages all boaters in the West Hartford, CT region to consider contacting us today to discuss your boat insurance needs!