So, you have your boat, you’ve made sure that its equipped with life jackets, flares and a first aid kit, but there is one more thing that is very important to have, and that is a radio. One doesn’t often think about this necessity first, well, they think about it once it is too late.
Now when I say radio, I don’t mean the kind that plays the cool music stations, although that is fun to have on the boat too. I’m talking about a radio that allows you to call the coast guard should any problems arise. Though many a day sailor might think that this isn’t important as they aren’t going out as far as major sea vessels, accidents can happen, and in an emergency one is never quite close enough to shore.
A radio also can allow you to be a good Samaritan. Keeping the radio on the emergency channel allows you to hear if other vessels are in need. Sometimes you can get there more quickly than the coast guard, and it never hurts to spread some good sea karma.
In addition to emergency calls, there is usually a weather channel that you can turn to to get up to date weather information. Yes, of course you have your super cool smart phones, but oftentimes when you get off shore they don’t often get a signal, and believe me, it’s really nice to know if a surprise storm is on its way.
As with all kinds of electronics, there are many options for you to choose from. The most expensive kind may not be right for you. Figure in how often you go out on your boat and how far from shore you travel to get the best radio that you need. Happy sailing!
As important as having a radio is on a boat, having that boat insured properly is a huge deal! Boat insurance is a major part of the Las Vegas area with Lake Mead being only a few miles away as well. Our agents at Insurance Specialists write several types of coverage for boats such as:
Roadside Assistance Trailer – covers trailer and tow vehicle, even if tow vehicle is not insured with Progressive Insurance
Emergency Towing and Labor – provides on-water towing service
Total Loss Replacement – replaces insured’s boat with a brand new one of similar make and quality
Replacement Cost Fishing Equipment – up to $10,000 for tackle, rods, and reels
Replacement Cost Personal Effects – protects the insured’s personal items including cameras, clothes, cell phones, etc
On Water Towing – towing coverage while your boat is disabled in the water
Property Damage Liability – includes coverage for fuel spill cleanup
Medical Payments – includes coverage for water-skiers
Call Insurance Specialists today for a quote – 702-307-3398!