Boat safety tips for autumn excursions

August 28th, 2015 by admin

Although the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are slowly falling, late summer and early autumn are very popular with boaters. From the water, boaters get spectacular views of the fall foliage and the reduced boat traffic is ideal for those looking for a peaceful day on the lake. While popular, however, autumn can be a dangerous time for boaters. Fall's colder waters and quickly dissipating sunlight can turn what would be mere inconveniences in the summer into serious ordeals, making proactive boat safety all the more important.

Prepare for a safe trip on the water this fall with these safety guidelines:

  • Whether you're planning to take a quick lap around the pond or a longer excursion down the coast, be sure to share your plans with a friend or family member. Let them know where you are headed and when you intend on coming back so that they will be able to tell if anything is amiss. 
  • Make sure you have plenty of fuel before you head out. 
  • Check your engine for leaks or excess water. 
  • Check to make sure your lights work. Even if you don't plan on being out after dark, a delay could find you running short of daylight quicker than you realized because the sun sets sooner every day. 
  • Test your radio.
  • Make sure your keys are attached to a floating bobber or keychain. 
  • Keep an eye on the weather. Autumn weather is notorious for changing quickly, so not only is it important to check the forecast before taking to the water, but also keep your eyes on the sky and be ready to turn back if the weather turns bad. 
  • Ensure you have enough personal flotation devices on board for yourself and every passenger.
  • Always be sure to have your boat registration and certificate on you before you leave the dock. 

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