Boat Tip: Add Onboard Signage

Signs and labels help crew members find safety gear.

Ask any member of my family, and he or she will confirm that I'm big on labeling stuff. This becomes even more important on a boat, so crewmembers (especially new ones) can quickly locate key safety items such as life jackets, fire extinguishers and signal flares, as well as identify switches and the contents of lockers and tackle boxes. Look for peel-and-stick adhesive signs and labels at marine retailers, or make your own using a Dymo LetraTag Plus LT-100H label maker (about $29). Use the waterproof vinyl label tape and bold lettering so the signs are easy to spot and read.

Use a label maker to mark the location of safety gear.
Mark the location of safety gear with a label maker.
Use a label maker to create signs using waterproof plastic tape.Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing Magazine
Signage can save time in a boating emergency.
Signs Can Save Time and Lives
You can find signs and placards for fire extinguishers at most home improvement and marine hardware stores.Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing Magazine
Signage helps everyone locate safety items quickly.
Clearly Mark the Location of Safety Gear
A large label helps crew member quickly find safety gear such as flares.Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing Magazine