Safety on Your Pontoon Boat

If you want to have a party on your pontoon boat, you should make sure that you are adhering to standard safety procedures. Considering that a pontoon might have 15 people or so on it, making sure that they are safe while on your boat.

While taking fun trips on the pontoon might be your primary goal, it is irresponsible not to take precautions for your guests. This includes having railings around the perimeter, plenty of seating – whether bench or individual seats and the appropriate number of life vests. You cannot be too careful here.

Young child sleeping at the back of a pontoon ...

Young child sleeping at the back of a pontoon boat. His PFD is nowhere close to fitting properly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Having enough flotation devices for everyone on board is not a negotiable thing. You bear the burden of making sure that when on your vessel, all safety measures are in place. It is not likely that a pontoon boat will flip, but you must be prepared for the unexpected circumstance. There should also be a flotation device for the pontoon boat itself and it should be ready to launch at a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, many people are unwilling to admit that they are not swimmers until they are in the water and struggling to stay afloat.

Also, you should make sure that the boat is properly moored to the dock before people board or disembark. Their safety is your concern.

You will enjoy your pontoon boat and all of your passengers will too, as long as you are responsible!


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