Bareboat Yacht Charters Blog

Whether you are a enthusiast, or simply a weekend boater with a small boat on a trailer, there are lessons to be learned from a recent tragedy in the .
 
It will take weeks to sort out the details of a weekend boating accident in which a St. Petersburg High School senior was killed and four other teens were injured. The question we now ask our bareboat customers – will you learn to be safer from this tragedy?
 
Five teenagers were on a powerboat late Friday night when the boat slammed into a jetty that juts into the bay from Albert Whitted Airport. Authorities say alcohol may have been involved, and Gov. Charlie Crist
has asked the Coast Guard to install a light on the jetty.
 
While the investigation continues, here are some somber reminders about the importance of safety on the water: 
 
Be Particularly Careful at Night – Even experienced bareboat charter yachtsmen talk about the need for additional caution. Cruising near any jetty requires particular attention.
 
Don’t Drink – There are civil and criminal penalties for operating a boat while legally impaired, and drinking and boating should be taken as seriously as drinking and driving a car.Wear Personal Flotation Devices – Authorities say no one in this accident was wearing one. 

Take A – Here in our home state of , anyone 21 years old and younger needs a card to operate a boat with 10 horsepower or more. A four-hour online safety class is required to obtain the card.  Authorities say the operator of the boat had not taken the class.

In Florida, anyone 21 years old and younger needs a boating safety education card to operate a boat with 10 horsepower or more. The course is available online.

In Florida, anyone 21 years old and younger needs a boating safety education card to operate a boat with 10 horsepower or more. The course is available online.

 

Please remember this – it is just as important to be safe and responsible on the water as it is on the road.

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So you’re about to enjoy your first in the .  You own a powerboat back home and can’t wait to try your hand at a  vacation.  If you practice the same mechanical checks on your bareboat that you do on your own boat, chances are you’ll be in for a hassle-free adventure.

The best advice we can offer a bareboat charter client is this – perform a daily engine check – even if the engine was running well yesterday!

Here’s a step-by-step engine to follow during your Caribbean odyssey:

Before starting your boat:

  • Engine compartment: Take a quick look – make sure the bilge is clear.  Look for oil or , look for loose wires, and make sure all belts are ok.
  • Raw water inlet: Valve should be open and the strainer clear.
  • Fuel filter: Use a transparent filter and check for water or dirt. Drain off if needed.
  • Engine oil refill: Check with the dipstick. Fill if low, but take care not to overfill.
  • Checking bareboat engine

    Checking bareboat engine

    Ready to Start:

  • Switch over to starting battery. Start the engine with the gearbox in neutral, and run at medium revs to warm up.
  • Check the cooling water: Is it running from exhaust?
  • Look at the instrument panel:  make sure batteries are charging, and check the oil pressure.
  • While running:

  • Check the stern gland twice a day for leaks. Tighten the grease filter (if fitted) as needed.
  • Gearbox oil: Check periodically when the engine is running and warm. Remember to top up with gearbox oil, not engine oil.
  • These daily maintenance tips can prevent during your vacation.  Now get out there and have some fun!

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