Fun in the Sun-Boat safety

Boating Season

It’s Boating Season

Every summer, our team gets calls from customers after a fun weekend on the water takes a turn for the worse. Often, these accidents could have been prevented with just a few simple precautions. Here are a few tips we like – courtesy of our partners at Safeco.


Don’t let an accident wreck your fun!


Life Preservers Aren’t Just for Kids. It’s not enough to just have life jackets on board — wear them! In an accident, people rarely have time to reach for a life jacket. This rule applies to adults, not just children: More people in their 30s die in boating accidents than any other age group. Life vests have come a long way in style. Today, you can even get vests for your water-loving dog!


Watercraft Insurance

Most home insurance policies have limited coverage for boats. If you own a boat, watercraft insurance is your best bet: It covers theft, damage, and injuries or accidents while you’re on the water, as well as some of your expensive watersports gear.


Watch the Back of the Boat. Carbon monoxide kills in minutes. So tell your passengers where your exhaust pipes are located and turn off your engine when people are in the water, and don’t let passengers “ski” or “teak-surf” by holding on to the back of the boat. Both Washington and Oregon made teak-surfing illegal in the last few years, after several tragic deaths. Carbon monoxide detectors are standard on most new boats; older boats install devices for less than $100.


Alcohol and Boating Don’t Mix. More than 50 percent of drowning’s result from boating incidents involving alcohol. You don’t drink and drive, so don’t boat and drive.


Boats Need TLC Too. When you’re out on the water, make sure your gas tanks are vented and bilges are free of vapors, oil, waste and grease. Carry a charged fire extinguisher. Have your boat’s operating systems checked yearly by a certified marine technician. The Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons also offer free vessel safety checks.


Experience Counts! The U.S. Coast Guard says that operator errors account for 70 percent of all boating accidents. Make sure anyone who drives your boat is properly trained. You can also earn boat insurance discounts from Safeco and other insurers if you complete a safety course with the Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons.


Sites for Information:

Coast Guard:

Coast Guard Auxiliary:

Safeco tips:


Call Scribner Insurance at 402-664-3454 or e-mail  for more info.

3 Responses to “Fun in the Sun-Boat safety”

  1. Dino Violante

    I appreciate you pointing out that life vests are not just for kids and that a lot of mortality related to water is caused by people’s inability to reach a life vest on time. I will remind everyone of this, especially my sister since I know she is a deadweight in water. If she wants me to let her ride the boat with me, she has to be sure that she will be careful. Thank you for the piece of advice.

  2. Millie Hue

    I never took into account that there are accidents happening due to those who drink alcohol just like those who drink and drive. With that in mind, I will make sure to tell my husband to avoid drinking to keep him from drowning. I just needed to know about this because we will buy a boat soon since we live near the lake now after renting a house near our workplace. He just wanted to go fishing during the weekends to unwind.

  3. Tatiana Wilson

    It got me when you mentioned that most of the time, boating accidents are due to human errors, so it is best to choose a driver that is well trained. And here I thought that we can actually drive the boat ourselves. I didn’t realize that it can be so dangerous. Anyway, since we want to have fun and stay safe at the same time, then we will have to settle for working with someone experienced.

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