BoatU.S. offers free sailing safety guide

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A free guide for sailors, Inspecting Your Boat’s Mast & Rigging, is now available from BoatU.S. Marine insurance to help recreational boaters avoid damage or injury, BoatU.S. said today in a release.

Based on the review of hundreds of BoatU.S. insureds’ claims files, the eight-panel guide takes sailors through a safety inspection of their boat’s mast and rigging, and advises when to take corrective action.

“This guide will help sail boaters stay safe and protect their investment,” said Bob Adriance, BoatU.S. marine insurance technical services director. “It advises what to look for during periodic inspections so that potential trouble spots can be identified and problems corrected before an accident occurs.”

With text, illustrations and photos, the guide discusses fittings, chain plates, turnbuckles, terminal fittings, as well as mast related issues such as welds, rivets, galvanic corrosion and mast steps. Also covered are stays and shrouds, how to perform an examination aloft and professional inspections.

To get the free guide, call 888-830-2628 or go to

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