Even if boating binds us and represents our passion as a community, safety is always to be set in first whenever planning a trip. This comes in as natural to many of us boaters, but there are a few statistics that should convince us to treat this matter with even more attention.
Per the 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics, let out by the U.S Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard and Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety, in the U.S only, a great number of Boating Accidents occurred.
Many of these accidents could have been avoided if only some basic rules have had been in place and a lot of tragedy would have been avoided.
The above-mentioned document states that in 2018 alone the Top Five Primary Boating Accident Types were:
These numbers reveal the statistics released by the U.S alone in 2018 and we can all imagine that worldwide the situation could be even more grave.
More than this, the Top Ten Known Primary Contributing Factors of Boating Accidents are as follows:
|Accident Rank||Contributing Factor||Number of Accidents||Number of injuries||Number of deaths|
|7||Force of wake/wave||209||153||10|
|9||Navigation rules violation||184||144||19|
Given all this information, as members of the boating community and developers of the IQ Nautics solution for smart boating enabled, we strongly sustain that we can all be safer together if we respect some of the most common rules when it comes to recreational boating: