Vermilion, Ohio boaters are breaking their boats out of storage. Check out this general check list to begin your preparation for boating.

Review your boating registration: Boating registrations are required for every recreational boat in Ohio, including powerboats, sailboats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and inflatable boats. Check your registration to make sure it isn’t expired. Boat registrations are good for three years and expire on March 1st.

Restock safety equipment onboard: The safety equipment required for your boat depends on the type of propulsion and length of your boat. A few general items needed across all vessels are a personal flotation device, visual distress signals, sound signaling devices, and lights. Check to make sure the required items are on board, functioning properly, and ready to use. Life jackets should be checked for wear and tear.

Schedule a vessel safety check: What better way to make sure you’re practicing safe boating techniques then an in-person safety check with a natural resource officer? Take an online virtual vessel safety check with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, then schedule your safety check.

Plan your summer of boating adventures: Vermilion and the Buckeye State await your next boating adventure! Take this time before boating season begins to explore and plan your next trip.