Enjoy a Safe 4th of July on the Water!

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The Fourth of July is a great holiday to be at the Lake of the Ozarks! If you plan on spending time out on the water, Firstmate Controls has the tips you need. We have the best dock accessories and boat lift remote controls on the market, and we are here to help you enjoy a great Fourth of July this year. Keep reading to learn our tips on how to have fun while staying safe!

Have Life Jackets On Board for Everyone

Having enough life jackets onboard for every person is not only required by the state of Missouri, but it is also a smart habit to follow. But keep in mind that those life jackets have to be easily accessible. If they're stowed in the bottom of the boat under a lot of other equipment, they won't do you much good in an emergency. Make sure it's easy enough for everyone to grab a life jacket in a size that will support their weight.

Make Sure to Check the Boat

Before heading out on the water, it's important to make sure your boat systems are functioning properly. Make sure the gas tank is full and that you know where your nearest fuel stations are located for when you are running low. Make sure your battery is holding a charge like it should. Check the navigation system and lights also to make sure they're working.

Use a Safe Speed

It can be easy to speed out on the water without speed limit signs to remind you to slow down. But it's important to keep your vessel moving at safe speeds to prevent accidents. With a lot of boat traffic, slow-moving kayaks and canoes, and even skiers and tubers that may be swimming back to the boat. By plowing, you're not only causing the water conditions to be even more dangerous for yourself and other boaters, but you're putting yourself and your guests at risk of injury. Slow down, and adjust your speed for the conditions of the water. 

Don't Boat After Dark

The risk of an on-water incident taking place rises tremendously after dark. You can't see as well, and other boaters can't see you either. But if you have to, make sure to check your navigation lights before you leave the dock for the day. Drive slow and avoid traveling in unfamiliar locations. Make sure you have someone onboard who can be your second pair of eyes to keep an eye out for hard to see obstructions.

Drive Defensively

There will be a lot of boats on the water, and not all of those boat operators will be giving their full attention to their surroundings. It is your responsibility to keep an eye on other boaters and your surroundings and to act accordingly to ensure an accident doesn't occur. Be aware of your surroundings and don't get careless or distracted. Something can happen in the blink of an eye, and the best way to avoid these problems from arising is to be alert and watchful.

Help Prevent Damage to Your Dock & Boat

Boat traffic can make the water feel pretty rough and potentially cause damage to your boat and lift. One of the best ways to help protect them is by installing a boat lift remote control system. With a Firstmate Controls system, you can easily raise, lower, and set your lift in the boarding position with the click of a button! Mooring your boat can cause damage as it bumps into the sides of the dock. We even manufacture each boat lift remote control system to work specifically for your lift. So before you get out on the water this 4th of July, make sure you get a Firstmate Boat Lift Remote Control System for your dock!

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Firstmate Controls 
410 Century Business Drive
Labadie, MO 63055

Phone: (866) 570-9707

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