• Weather and the Elements

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    Weather and Tides

    Check your local marine forecast and plan accordingly. Have a radio on board to receive weather updates while you’re out and keep an eye on the clouds for developing weather. It’s also important to keep track of the tides in your area, so you know when water levels will be low or high. And know what to do if you get caught in bad weather.

    Weather and the Elements

    When boating, it is possible to get caught unexpectedly in bad weather, encounter insects or spend too much time in the sun. To protect yourself and your passengers, do some research before you head out.

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    Protective Gear and Clothing

    • If you get caught in foul weather, good rainwear is essential. It should be waterproof, not just water-repellent. It should have a full hood to protect your head, a storm flap over the jacket opening, a zipper, buttons or snaps and elastic around the cuffs and ankle openings to keep water out.
    • Sunglasses protect your eyes against the sun’s glare. Many boaters like polarized sunglasses that reduce glare and let them see below the surface of the water.
    • Long pants and long sleeves provide better protection than shorts and short-sleeved shirts. Lightweight and light-colored clothing reflects the sun and is cooler than dark clothing.
    • A sunscreen lotion should be used to keep the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays from reaching your skin. One with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 provides good protection.
    • Keep bug repellent on hand, especially if you’re planning to venture on shore for a hike or anchor overnight in the summer.