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Boat Safety Checklist - Your Essential Safety Kit!

Boating can be a fun way to enjoy a summer day, but it’s important to stay safe while enjoying the water.

Boat Safety Tips:

Any boat can be struck by lightning but certain boats have a higher chance than others. Lightning is more likely to go for the tallest thing in the water, so a sailboat with its larger mast height typically gets struck more. According to BoatUS Marine Insurance, power boats and pontoons are struck by lightning, but their odds are well below average. 

The Warning Signs for a Lightning Strike:

  • You can hear thunder that is 10 miles away, and if you hear thunder you are already in the range of lightning. 
  • The high winds produced by thunderstorms are on average 58 mph and can exceed 100 mph
  • Dark skies
  • Rainfall
  • Flashes of lightning in the sky

Whenever you spot one of these you need to seek shelter immediately. Lighting will strike in the same place twice especially if the object is tall and isolated like a sailboat mast.

"Rules of the Road": 

Like with cars, when you come upon another vessel you must follow the rules of the waterway to prevent accidents from occurring. Failure to follow those rules could land the operator in trouble. Unlike with a car where you have a right of way, there is no such thing with boats. There are two kinds of vessels. The Give-Way vessel and the Stand-On vessel.

The Give-Way vessel acts as if the Stand-On vessel has the right of way and signals their intentions as well as maneuvers around the other in a safe manner. The Stand-on vessel maintains its current course and speed, after acknowledging what the Give-Way vessel plans on doing to ensure they don’t enter a dangerous situation. 

As the operator you must always be sure that you operate the vessel at a safe controlled speed and avoid reckless situations like boating under the influence.

Boat Safety Class Tips:

For formal training of boat safety you may want to consider taking a boater safety class. Some states require taking a boater safety class. Most boating classes only take a day or two to complete and have a range of prices. These classes can further the knowledge you have of the safety of your vessel and for everyone on board. 

Most importantly make sure that you use your common sense when you’re out on the water!

Boat Safety Kit Essentials

Boat Safety Requirements by State:

Many states have their own regulations on boating safety. To find these regulations please go to NSALBA website. These regulations can change at any time and should be verified with the Boating Law Administration.

Important Lightning Stats:

  • Lightning causes more deaths and injuries than hurricanes and tornadoes combined.
  • If you hear thunder you are within 10 miles of lightning and need to seek shelter, because lightning can strike from as far as 25 miles away.
  • Lightning can and often does strike the same place twice, especially taller isolated objects like a sailboat mast.
  • Most thunderstorms only last 30 minutes. 
  • Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania are the top 3 states for lightning injuries.

Remember lightning can strike at any moment. Stay aware before lightning approaches with TALOS®️ Lightning Detector.

TALOS®️ Lightning Detector is:

  • Highly visual - utilizes 8 bright flashing LEDs
  • Highly audible - louder than lower priced lightning detectors
  • Waterproof  - designed to weather the storm
  • Easy to detach for on-the-go convenience
  • Easy to mount for hands free use
  • No WIFI needed
  • No outlets

What Sets Us Apart From Other Lightning Detectors?

TALOS®️ Advanced Features Other Lightning Detectors
8 LEDS - The Brightest Lightning Detection Device on the Market
Contains 1 LED
The Loudest Device - Audible in Noisy Environments
May be Difficult to Hear in Noisy Environments
Continual Flashing & Beeping
(up to 15 Minutes, or Danger is over 25 mi)
Lower Frequency of Alerts
Waterproof - Built to Weather the Storm
NOT Waterproof
Designed for Outdoor and Indoor Use
Indoor Use Only
Stand Alone Device - Works w/out Data Connection
Phones Need Data Connection
Permanent Mounting and Detachable Compatibility
No Permanent Mounting
Hands Free
Handheld
Automatic Brightness Control No Automatic Brightening or Dimming
Auto Sleep Functionality Manual Shut Off
1-Year Battery Life
*(Based on Nat'l Avgs)
40-80 Hours of Battery Life
Instant, Real Time Lightning Detection Alerts Alerts May Be Delayed or Missed
Quick & Easy Start Up Requires Some Start Up Tutorial
False Signal Rejection Technology More False Positives Detected


Be aware of lightning while boating! TALOS®️ provides the alerts that you need to stay safe on the water. Add our cost effective lightning detector to your safety kit today!