Mont Blancs top boating tips
Mont Blancs top boating tips

Posted | February 9, 2021

Mont Blanc's top boating tips

Owning a boat is an exciting new venture but before you set off on your sunset cruise - make sure you take precaution as boating can be potentially dangerous if you are not aware of the rules and regulations.

Some general tips:

  1. Every rider, skier and boater must wear a suitably sized South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) approved life jacket. (This is a regulation in all provinces). 

  1. Always use both an experienced driver and observer in the boat. Keep people in view when they enter or exit the boat and always approach the person in the water on the drivers side (and downwind where possible)

  1. Always keep the ride/skier in sight. Whenever someone is in the water and not being towed, alert other boaters to take caution by displaying the “skier down” flag.

  1. Never participate in watersports close to shore or near swimming areas. And in shallow water or in water where you do not know the depth or what is beneath the surface.

  1. There is no replacement for skill and experience when operating a boat. A boat is not an automobile. It requires additional time to maneuver and stop. Taking a course and obtaining a license from Skipper’s training South Africa is mandatory before operating any boat.

  1. Read and heed all warning labels and instructions on the boat and in the owner's manual. Be aware of the potential carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and propeller strike hazards.

What is CO poisoning and how can you prevent it ?

Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless and dangerous gas produced by all engines and fuel-burning appliances. Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause death or serious injury. To prevent CO poisoning. 

Why is it so dangerous 

Carbon monoxide enters your bloodstream through the lungs, blocking the oxygen your body needs. Prolonged exposure to low concentrations or very quick exposure to high concentrations can kill you.

Early symptoms of CO poisoning include irritated eyes, headache, nausea, weakness, and dizziness. These symptoms are often confused with seasickness or intoxication, so those affected may not receive the medical attention they need.

How can CO accumulate

Inadequately ventilated canvas enclosures or enclosed places.

Blocked exhaust outlets

Another vessel’s exhaust. CO from the boat positioned next to you can be just as deadly.

Station wagon effect or back drafting

At slow speeds, whole idling or stopped.

Under swim platforms.

How can you protect yourself and others?

Know the signs of CO poisoning

Know where and how CO may accumulate in and around your boat.

Of you can smell engine exhaust, you are inhaling CO

Follow all warning and instructions for canvas, engine and blower operations

Maintain fresh air circulation throughout the boat at all times

Know where your engine and generator exhaust outlets are located and keep everyone away from these areas.

Never enter areas under swim platforms where exhausts outlets are located

Maintain your engine in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Engines that are not tuned properly produce more CO.

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