Summary: Getting distracted while operating a boat can lead to accidents and injuries. Familiarize yourself with some of the most common forms of distraction to prevent any issues out in the water.
There are distractions everywhere. No matter where we go, it can sometimes feel like there are multiple sources competing for our attention. In most cases it is fine to take breaks and avert your attention to something else but there are a few cases where what we are doing requires our undivided attention.
When you are driving a car, for example, your only task is to get from point A to point B safely. Taking your eyes off the road to check a text message on your phone, get something from your backpack, or look at a building on the side of the road can easily lead to a collision. A collision will, at the very least, result in property damage, and possibly even physical injury. Similarly, getting distracted while boating can seem harmless enough, but it is important to remember that it can ultimately be dangerous.
Many of us are all too aware of how distracting electronic devices can be. There is no denying how beneficial they can be for communicating, looking things up, capturing the moment, and getting work done, but it is important to consider that there is a time and place for everything. If you are busy watching a video your friend sent you, then you might not think to double-check that the Turtle-Pac tank is full before you leave the dock.
Drinking is not allowed when you are driving because it can severely cloud your judgment and limit your alertness. You might be out in the water partying with your friends who are relaxing and drinking but this rule should still be applicable. Not securely fastening the bladder tanks for yachts could result in you getting stranded in the water, while a failure to maneuver around objects in the water, such as other boats, can lead to serious injury. Play it smart and do not operate heavy machinery, while under the influence. Even if you think you are good to operate it, you might not have the alertness needed to get your party back safely.