Nautical No-No: Sharp Corners Have No Place Aboard Boats

Rounded or padded corners may reduce injuries on boats.

Corners aboard boats should be rounded or padded.Kevin Falvey

Most boaters who have spent time aboard boats in open water will immediately recognize the problem illustrated in the accompanying photo. Taken aboard a twin-stateroom inboard cruiser, it shows the very sharp corner of the galley counter. Bumping into this while simply passing by would hurt. Falling against it in any kind of wave action while the boat is cruising, or even anchored, or due the unexpected wake of a passing boat is sure to cause injury. Corners aboard boats should be rounded or padded for safety.