Less traffic on the water, better fishing and incredible scenery make fall a great time to go boating. But the season also means cooler weather and lower water temperatures, so stay safe with these year-end-boating tips.
Layers are lifesavers in tough conditions, so don’t just throw on a big coat. Any time you’re boating in temperatures less than 60o F, insulate with three layers:
- Base layer—moisture wicking to keep liquid away from skin
- Insulating layer—to trap vital body heat
- Outer layer—to cut the wind and keep you dry
Read this article for more information on layering.
BOAT WITH A BUDDY
There really is safety in numbers when it comes to boating in the cold.
TRIPLE CHECK YOUR BOAT
Be sure that everything is running as it should. You don’t want any surprises in dangerous temperatures.
BE AWARE OF WEATHER & SUNLIGHT
Fall brings shorter days and unpredictable weather, so check the forecast and sunset time before heading out. Bring a headlamp, flashlight and extra batteries in case you find yourself out after dark.
MAKE YOURSELF VISIBLE
Wear bright colors, test your boat lights, and bring extra lights just in case.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Keep yourself fueled with plenty of water, nutrients and calories. Avoid consuming alcohol, which can increase the chances of hypothermia.
For more safety tips, check out this article from NRS.com.