Bareboat Yacht Charters Blog

Whether you are a bareboat charter 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 Tampa Bay area.
 
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 Boating Safety Class – Here in our home state of Florida, anyone 21 years old and younger needs a boating safety education 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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