Lake Bloomington is a fantastic place for boat owners in the area to show off their watercraft. While riding the waves can be a great recreational activity, there’s more to it than simply throwing a cover on your boat during the off-season. Here are five tips for boat-owners from PLR!
1: Perform Regular Maintenance
Similar to cars and other land roving vehicles, boats need regular maintenance too. According to the website Discover Boating, washing a boat after use and changing the oil are two simple things that can really extend a boat’s lifetime. In addition, removing the propeller and checking for damage can save hundreds of dollars in excessive fuel usage.
2: Don’t Drink and Boat
While fishing and drinking go together like peanut-butter and jelly, those doing so on a boat should be aware of Illinois’s boating under the influence (BUI) law. Much like with driving a car, those operating a boat are expected to have a BAC of .08 or less. First time offenders can pay up to $2,600 in fines or face 364 days in jail.
3: Always Wear a Life Jacket
Federal law requires that children under 13 years old wear a life jacket in a moving boat at all times. However, the National Park Service recommends wearing a life jacket in a moving boat, no matter your age.
4: Stay Up-To-Date on Paperwork
According to the City of Bloomington website, all boats that enter Lake Bloomington must have a current state and City of Bloomington license. While both can be obtained through each’s respective websites, the City of Bloomington requires applicants to show proof of watercraft liability insurance. To obtain this type of insurance, just fill out a free quote form through PLR! With PLR’s help, you’ll be on the lake in no time!
5: Place All Valuables in a Water-Proof Container
OK. So you’ve done maintenance on your boat, you’re all up to date on paperwork, and everyone has life jackets. The very last thing you should do before riding some waves is to put all of your valuables in a water proof container. This includes cell phones, keys, wallets, and any electronics. And although there are higher quality products available online, a zip lock bag will usually do the trick!