Safety Points to Consider Every Trip

Weather, Boat, Crew - Any Constraints of any kind?  Bilge pumps working? 

Storms likely?  Fire extinguishers OK?  Lights working?  Extra water aboard?

Float Plan - Left with a trusted person on shore?  (includes emergency contacts information of the crew)

Boat and its Electronics - All crew should be familiar with basic functions and operation.

Communications - VHF, cell phone numbers circulated, EFIRB's, etc.  (charged and cords too)

Emergency Equipment - Life Preservers, Cell phones, EFIRB, SPOT, or EnReach, etc.

First Air Kit - Usually cuts and punctures, includes any specialized items for crew or trip.

"GO" or "DITCH" Bag ready and onboard?

Be ready in case someone goes overboard - Throwable ready, etc.

Communicate your Plans to the Crew - Keep it simple and ask for questions.  Let them know where your emergency stuff is and what they are expected to do.

During the Trip - Be aware, Keep a good lookout, know what's going on with the other boats.


Reel Anglers Multi-Boat Trip Protocol

These trips are for fun, so let's all act like it,  be courteous, on time, and responsible.  If you see something that needs doing, take care of it.  Communicate with the crew and captains in advance so everyone has a clear idea of the intended trip.

When on a multi-boat trip, get a common float plan and let the group know when you deviate from it.  If you leave the fishing area before the others, let them know you are leaving so they 1) don't start looking for you, and 2) know that you have left.  All captains should have a clear and continuous idea of the route, destination, and other boats on the trip.

Pick a VHF channel for the trip (usually 68, 69, or 71) and if it's busy that day make sure everyone is aware of any change.  If you are on an inshore trip, the group may prefer cell/text usage of VHF.

No Firearms or Alcohol should be brought onboard without permission of the captain.