Get boating requirements via iPhone

Founder Rusty Gardner reported to Historic City News that, in recognition of National Safe Boating Week, Florida By Water is releasing a new iPhone application, entitled “Vessel Safety Check”.

This app uses the Federal Boating Requirements for recreational boaters, as well as other vessel examiner documentation, so that recreational boaters have the required equipment necessary to be safe on the water. State boating requirements may vary.

The app identifies the required equipment for recreational boats based on criteria specific to your vessel, including boat size, inland or coastal waters, inboard or outboard and more.

Once the app has compiled a list of specific requirements, you’ll also be provided with a list optional safety items, as well as an explanation about the requirements. That list of specific requirements can then be e-mailed or saved for future reference. A few other features worth noting are the marine store locator, recommended items and a vessel examiner locator.

“It will help the recreational boater know exactly what safety equipment is required by the federal government,” Gardner, a qualified Vessel Examiner himself, points out. “Hopefully it will help make this a safer boating season for everyone.”

The iPhone application should never take the place of a vessel exam; done by a qualified examiner.

The “Vessel Safety Check” app is on sale in the iTunes App Store for 99¢

Photo credits: © 2011 Historic City News contributed photograph from Florida By Water

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