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.

 

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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.

Tom-N-Jerrys Boats – Choosing the Right Boat for You

Purchasing a boat is a big investment, which is why the staff at Tom-N-Jerrys Boat Center works so hard to help customers get exactly what they need whenever they visit the store. There are a number of different factors that go into choosing the right boat for you, so all of the following need to be considered before you make a purchase.

Your Budget

You need to understand exactly how much you’re willing to spend on your boat before committing to a purchase. Going for the most expensive boat you can find might sound like an attractive option, but it becomes less so if you have to struggle to afford it only to find that a less expensive boat offers much the same experience. Consider your options, which often include financing, and base your purchase around what you can comfortable afford.

Type of Boat

There are many different types of boat, so it helps to know what you are looking to use the boat for before making a purchase. It is a good idea to rent a few different types if you are uncertain, allowing you to get a feel for them without committing to a purchase right off the bat.

Your Supplier

Ideally you will want to buy from a supplier that has many years of experience in the marine industry, such as Tom-N-Jerrys Boats. The experience and knowledge that they have to offer will prove invaluable when you are making your decision, so be sure to take full advantage of it and only buy from a supplier that you know you can trust.