Iím an experienced boater, why make
resolutions you ask?
Just remembering all of those rules is really quite a task.
And so to set the record straight and clear up the confusion,
Let me explain the reason for my New Years resolutions.
I will turn on my blower, when Iím running rather slow
'Cause CO is odorless and deadly, as you know.
Iíll check flares and extinguishers, especially the date.
Because in an emergency, thereís little time to wait.
I wear a lightweight life jacket when voyaging around,
Because in most fatalities, youíll find the victim drowned.
Iíll Vow to take a first aid class: learn CPR and more
When the emergencyís on board, helpís always on the shore
When pumping fuel into my boat I promise to take care
Flying may be fun, but not when blown into the air.
When setting my boatís anchor, the rodeíll be 7 to 1
ĎCause drifting on some muddy shoal is really not much fun.
Iíll monitor my fuel, remembering the rule of thirds
Endangering on empty, is much more than absurd.
Iíll check the weather forecast and always watch the sky
With rain youíre wet and soggy, but with lightning you can die.
Iíll go into new waters with GPS Ďn chart in hand
What looks like tawny water, Mate, could actually be land.
Thereís navigational hazards, pilings and shoals you know.
And using local charts could save you an expensive Tow.
When a person is in the water, my engines I will stop
I wouldn't want to injure them with my razor sharp prop.
And I will never use alcohol when I am the skipper
For a Captain under the influence is as dangerous as Jack the Ripper
I truly love cruising my boat and donít want one mistake.
But there are times when I forget about my vesselís wake.
In the spirit of the New Year I will take time to pause.
Remembering the injuries and harm my wake could cause
These are my resolutions with appropriate explanations
To be a safer boater is high in my expectations.
Iíll do things right and Iíll forget past misdeeds and remorses.
Every boater needs United States Power Squadron courses.
Happy and Safe New Year
Lt. Bill Hempel, P
Peace River Sail and Power Squadron
William Hempel is a featured writer for the Sun Newspapers in Southern Florida. He was the first recipient of the United States Power Squadronís Shipís Bell Award for significant public relations and is a member of the National Marketing and Public Relations Committee.