Tom Walsh
Shoreline, WA & Lynnwood
CALL (425) 483-2582


From an array of airbags, to lane assistance steering, right through auto-engaging brakes, modern cars are definitely packed with safety features. Almost to the point where they will soon be driving themselves. The same can’t be said about boats. To keep yourself and your passengers safe on a boat, Progressive Products has a checklist to share for every boat-owner to consider before heading out on the water.

Keep You and Your Passengers Safe on a Boat


Before you consider anything else, first plan your trip and check the weather and water conditions. If it looks like you could get caught in some trouble, don’t go. Marine services close to your destination can provide the best information about the conditions and advise you of any safety concerns.

Share the News

Once you have your plan sorted, give the details to a friend or family member. If you’re able to include the GPS coordinates, even better! In the event that you don’t return or check-in at your spots, this information will be helpful to the Coast Guard to get you out of trouble. If you will be traveling to isolated places or over the course of a few nights, consider taking a satelitte phone with you.

Life Jackets

Every person on the boat needs to have an appropriate life jacket. Life jackets are not a one-size solution. Adults jackets will not suit children, and vice versa. Once everybody has one, make sure they know when to grab it and how to use it.

Give It a Once-Over

A visual inspection is all it takes to notice obvious damage to your boat that could cause problems on the water. Just be vigilant - small cracks can become very troublesome, very quickly. For the electronics side of things, make sure everything is working and there are no frayed wires.


There’s nothing worse than getting stuck out on the water because of a low fluid level. Your main ones are going to be your engine lubricant, coolant, and hydraulic steering fluid. If any of these are low, top them up before your leave. If your boat only sees seasonal use, consider replacing these fluids instead of just filling them up. To get the best fluids for your marine engine, speak with Progressive Products at (425) 483-2582 about high-quality AMSOIL marine lubricants. If you would prefer, their online store has additional information about each available product.

What's in Your Emergency Box?

Emergencies can happen at any time, and when they do, it’s too late to prepare. Speak with your local Coast Guard or marine service about any additional items they recommend, but below is a list of good items to start:
  • Flares
  • Battery Powered Lights
  • Battery powered handheld radio
  • GPS device
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Basic tool kit
Once your emergency box is packed, make sure it is visible and accessible.

Educate Your Passengers

In the event that the emergency involves the boat owner, passengers need to know certain points about the boat. Make sure that each passenger knows where the emergency kit is and what’s inside it. While you’re at it, show each passenger how the boat equipped radio works and what to do in an emergency.

Listen for Announcements

Just because you checked in with your local reporting services in the morning doesn’t mean that the advice they gave you still rings true. Keep your radio on and listening for any important announcements. If you can see bad weather coming on, radio to the guard to advise and to get their advice.

Drive Safely

For the safety and comfort of your passengers, watch how you drive. Performing sharp turns and accelerating as fast as you is just asking for trouble. Take it easy and always monitor your surroundings. If you notice that the water is becoming choppy, slow it down and let your passengers know about the conditions.

Keep Your Boat Running Smooth With a Synthetic Oil Change

If you’re a boat owner, this is a great checklist to keep on your boat and run through each time you are preparing an outing. Of course, if you have anything to add or you are told additional items from local marine services, include them also. There is no such thing as being too safe when on a boat. If you notice your fluids are low and could do with a top up or replacement, speak with Progressive Products at (425) 483-2582 about the range of marine engine lubricants available. If you know what you need, their online store has extra information about each product stocked.

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