Boat Safety Equipment Requirements for Lake Mead
Before you head out on the lake, make sure you have the legally required equipment.
Life jackets / PFDs for everyone on board (Type I, II, III), throw cushion (Type IV) with 30′ of line attached, Fire extinguisher (Type B-1), back flame protection system on inboard and stern drive boats, audible distress signal (air horn, whistle, or bell). Other required items include: ventilation system / blower, muffler on your engine, navigation lights for night cruising.
10 TIPS to Prepare Your Boat for the Lake!
Here is a quick checklist provided by the Nevada Department of Wildlife to help ensure that you are ready for a safe and fun summer of boating.
Check Life Jackets Life Jackets are the most important piece of safety equipment on your boat. Ensure that they are still serviceable, with no rips, tears or other defects. Also make sure the kids’ jackets still fit.
Check Fire Extinguisher Fire extinguishers have a habit of discharging over the winter. Make sure you still have a fire extinguisher in your boat and that it is still charged.
Registration Check All boat registrations expire on December 31 of each year. Make sure you get a current decal on your boat before heading out.
Charge Batteries This is an important on often-overlooked mechanical issue. No power, no boating. Charge batteries and make sure they hold that charge.
Electronics and Lights Electronics can fail over the winter even without use. You should also make sure you navigation lights still work and examine exposed wiring for cracks and wear. Make sure that bilge pump still works.
Test Engine and Components Go ahead and fire up the boat before you leave the driveway. Don’t forget your “outboard ears”,a device that cools the engine out of the water. Starting the boat before you leave can save you real agony, time and hassle at the boat ramp.
The Hull Just walk around the hull to make sure it’s not cracked or damaged. A lot can happen in a year. Also make sure you have the plug for your boat and it is in good condition.
Tune up the Trailer The trailer wheel bearings need to be greased before you leave the driveway. If you have a winch and other equipment, make sure it works.
Ski and Tow Check Tubes, skis and other equipment must also be maintained. Rubber seals and inflatable devices can crack and leak. Make sure they are all ready to go, and don’t forget to bring your orange ski flag if you are going to tow someone.
Gas up and Go It’s always a good idea to replace the gas from last year. Make sure your fuel lines are connected properly and have no cracks or damage.