Tom-N-Jerrys Boats Explains the Dangers of Aquatic Nuisance Species

Aquatic nuisance species are illegal to transport on any boat, according to Tom-N-Jerrys Boat Center. This is not only a conservation and environmental protection issue, but it is a state law in Washington. Aquatic nuisance species are considered as any plants or animals that are not native to the state or environmental region. Invasive species may not be transported purposefully, and could be introduced to the environment by sheer accident. To avoid this, it is crucial that you keep your boat, trailer, bait well, and fishing gear cleaned and free from nuisance species.

If while boating you spot an invasive species, you can and should report that sighting to the proper authorities. There are websites and toll free numbers available, allowing boaters and fisherman to make reports through the internet or telephone. Washington residents can also find more information from the Washington Invasive Species Council.

Aquatic nuisance species are dangerous because they upset the environmental balance within an ecosystem. In this case, the ecosystem is the body of water in which you are boating or fishing. When a nuisance animal, such as a Siberian salamander or a Japanese brown frog, is introduced to a body of water, a power struggle for food and shelter begins. Along with frogs, toads, and salamanders, Washington’s nuisance species list also includes newts, turtles, crayfish, piranhas, and a host of different fish species. If you would like more information about aquatic nuisance species, speak to the staff and technicians at Tom-N-Jerrys Boats, they are happy to answer any of your questions.


Tom-N-Jerrys Boats Discusses Proper Battery Care and Fire Safety

A common issue that boaters face while trying to enjoy a day on the water, according to Tom-N-Jerrys Boats, is a lack of battery preparation. To avoid the hassle and frustration of calling it an early day, follow these battery tips.

In your emergency pack, which should be kept in a watertight container, you should always have spare batteries. This means batteries for your portable navigation devices, hand held radios, flashlights, or any other on-board accessories that require battery power. If you use rechargeable batteries in your devices, don’t forget to charge them before you leave dock. If you have not been out on your boat for a while, or cannot remember when you last used your battery operated devices, check their charges before you leave. Sitting unused for long periods of time can lead to drained batteries or batteries that have corroded. Better to be safe than sorry, replace those batteries before setting out.

If you use a dual charging system on your vessel, check that the selector switch on the unit is in the right position. Having the wrong charging option selected can lead to problems with charges that leave you stranded. Also, always make sure that the power is working to every part of your boat.

The crew at Tom-N-Jerrys Boat Center would also like to remind everyone that you should have one working fire extinguisher on every boat. When batteries are faulty, they can cause a spark, and you will want a quick way to prevent a fire.


Tom-N-Jerrys Boats on Pre-Departure Checklists

The staff at Tom-N-Jerrys Boats believes that each boating trip should begin with a pre-departure checklist and inventory of supplies. There are certain items that every boat should have, and every boat captain should own. The first and most important of these items is life jackets. The coast guard requires that there is a life jacket on board for each passenger on the boat, and a minimum of two life jackets at all times. The life jackets must be coast guard approved. For boats that are longer than sixteen feet, you should also have an extra floatation device on board. Make sure everyone on your boat knows where to find the life jackets and throw-able floatation devices.

They also suggest that each boat and captain have the proper emergency locator beacons. If you don’t already have one, get an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). This beacon is registered to your individual boat. In case of an emergency, setting off this beacon will tell the coast guard and other rescue services exactly who is in trouble. All EPIRB beacons are registered through the NOAA Satellite and Information Service. Another great safety option is a Personal Locator Beacon, or PLB. These beacons are worn on the body, and are registered to the specific user. Offshore voyages that take boaters far from land or into areas that are known to be treacherous are especially dangerous.Tom-N-Jerrys Boat Center says having a PLB on your person will allow the coast guard and NOAA to locate your exact position if you call overboard.