Thursday, June 25, 2020

Tips for a Safer Boarding Experience

Boating season is in full swing and you're likely climbing on and off your boat on a regular basis. Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks knows that it can present a few dangers to you and your crew. Our latest blog is all about making your boarding experience a little safer! Summerset Boat Lifts has included some tips to make your experience safer for all.

Kiddos don't always slow down or realize the gap between a boat and the dock is water (and dangerous water with lift arms and lift tubs, at that). Some elderly boaters have a hard time swinging their leg up over the edge of a boat or aren't confident as they step down onto a dock from a boat. Help ease those worries and help make your dock a safer place to get on and off your boat with the safety tips below!

Encourage the use of handles.

When others are getting on or getting off your boat, try to ensure to use of handles. If you don't have handles readily available, consider adding handles to your boat or dock support near the location you typically board.

Consider a boat with easy access. 

If you are really worried about others around your dock, think about the ease of getting on and off your boat when purchasing your next vessel. Some boats have a swim platform that makes getting on & off the boat easier since it is closer to the same height as the dock. You may also consider a boat that has a gate that swings open or closed for a walkway instead of having to step down onto a seat.

Get a helping hand. 

Try to support your guests as they get on and off your boat. A helping hand for stability can really help your friends and family feel more comfortable as they step up or down from the boat or dock.

Ask for assistance with heavy or awkward objects. 

Loading a heavy object on a boat can be quite a task. Ask for assistance with any large or heavy object, like a full cooler. This can help reduce your chance of missing a step or losing your balance while trying to load the boat for a day of fun on the water.

Install a boat lift walkway. 

A lift walkway can make it much easier to board and disbark from your boat! It's especially helpful if your lift is wider than your boat. It makes it a breeze to get on and off your boat AND is really handy for cleaning the exterior or putting a cover on your boat.

Install a PWC platform.

We have a composite PWC platform lift available that completely covers the open spaces around your PWC. Get one installed today to make your experience a safer (and less worrisome) one!

Now that you've likely gotten a chance to look over our safety tips, you may be ready to have a walkway or platform installed with your lift. Contact the best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks today!

Summerset Boat Lifts
1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
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