There are still plenty of boating weekends to come before temperatures cool down, so brush up on safety protocols for safe fall boating practices.
Flood Lights and Navigation
Fall days are shorter, and with the sun setting earlier, you might find yourself on the water as the sun is setting. To ensure safe travel back to the marina, make sure your boat’s flood lights are in full working order. In some recreational boating areas, buoys and channel markers might be removed for the season as early as Labor Day weekend so make sure you have up to date navigation charts on board.
In Case of Emergency
As the summer season winds down, fewer boaters come out on the water. Make sure your radios are in good shape, just in case you need to send out a distress signal and your cell isn’t working.
Fill the Tank
Make sure you have enough gas in your tank before you head out on the water. Although this is an important practice during all seasons, it’s especially important during cooler months. Gas stations along the water and convenience shops might be closing for the season soon; be prepared in case your favorite stops are out of commission.
Check the Weather
Fall chills tend to be especially cool off of the water, so make sure you’re dressed appropriately for the day. Check the weather before you set out, and remember that wind chill can make it feel 10-15 degrees cooler than it is. Having an extra sweatshirt or a rain jacket on board isn’t a bad idea!
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