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Are you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, on a boat?

You may be thinking, how is it possible to suffer from Carbon Monoxide poisoning  while on a boat? It happens more often than you might think.  Any time you have gasoline and improper ventilation, you can be in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

How can you protect passengers and yourself from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning?

When docked near other boats.carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Be aware, boats that are running and docked less than 20 feet away can send CO into your boat.  Keep vents clear to reduce CO build up.

When cruising.

  • Avoid swimming near the engine exhaust.
  • Keep the cabin clean and avoid storing items near exhaust outlets.

It is recommended to equip your vessel with a CO detector.


The CDC has a lot to say on this topic.

More boat safety tips

Recognize the symptoms of CO poisoning.