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Rain, clouds, or shine— you should know how to keep yourself and your boat safe on the water in all types of weather conditions. Here’s what you need to know about boat safety in extreme weather:

Can you go boating on a rainy day?

Don’t let a little rain ruin your day! It’s definitely possible to go boating on a rainy day— just not every rainy day. The rain itself is not extreme weather, however, if the forecasts call for thunderstorms or high winds then you need to stay ashore. Additionally, even if the forecast is predicting light winds and no thunderstorms you still need to keep your eyes on the sky. If you see any large gray clouds coming your way, head back to shore.

What’s the best way to be prepared for extreme boating weather?

The best way to prepare for extreme boating weather is to know the conditions out on the water before you go, only go boating in conditions you feel comfortable in (and your boat is made to ride in), and carry all necessary safety equipment with you on board. This includes having PFDs, a VHF radio, throwable floatation devices, and working navigational lights.

What do you do if you end up on the water during a storm?

If you missed the signs and signals and end up in the water during a storm, don’t panic. Instead, steer your boat towards an area with shallow waves and low winds. Make sure you have plenty of room from other boats and avoid touching metal or electrical devices. When it is safe to do so, head immediately to the nearest port or dock with your navigational lights on.

How do I prepare my boat for a hurricane?

Just because you don’t plan to be aboard your boat during an extreme weather event doesn’t mean your boat is safe. The best way to keep your boat safe during a hurricane or another extreme weather event is to get your boat out of the water and as far from tidal waters as possible. However, if you can’t trailer your boat, keep it at the marina. Double all lines, rig-cross spring lines, and secure your boat on the offshore side. All lines should then be covered where they feed through chocks with tape, leather, rags, or rubber hosing.

Learn more about boat safety from Fish Tale Boats

Fish Tale Boats provides all clients with a boater safety manual after purchasing a boat. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the manual to keep yourself safe while out on the water. If you would like a copy of the Fish Tale Boats safety manual, contact us today and we can provide one to you— free of charge!