Essentials for Boating in Cold Weather

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Boating is a great way to get out, even if the weather is a bit chilly. However, there are some safety precautions and equipment that you need to be aware of if you are taking a boating trip in cold weather

Clothing

You will need clothing that protects you against the cold. Unfortunately, you also need clothing that will not drag you down if you find yourself overboard. 

You might want to layer your clothing. This way, you can easily get out of layers should you find yourself in the water. You might also want to wear a wetsuit or pantyhose under your layers.

Equipment

Next to clothing, your equipment is essential for surviving the cold. Some of the equipment you will need includes:

  • Lifevests – worn all the time
  • A charged VHF radio
  • An emergency beacon
  • A severe weather alert system

Each of these items can save your life in an emergency.

Safety Precautions

You will also need to take some basic safety precautions. These include:

  • Leaving a boating plan with wear, you plan on going with someone you trust
  • Check your engines and equipment before leaving
  • Pay attention to the surroundings, including other boats and water conditions

Winter or cold weather boating is a fun experience if you have the right equipment and are aware of what you are doing. With these tips, you can ensure that you will have a safe and happy experience.

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This post was written by , posted on July 18, 2022 Monday at 2:14 pm