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Article 3 (Jun 2022): Stay safe, matey!

June 27, 2022
Nothing better than pushing off for the first boat trip of the year. If you plan to hit the waves, keep these safety tips in mind:
  • Be weather wise. Bring a portable radio to check the weather.
  • Bring the extra gear in a container that floats, including a flashlight, extra batteries, matches, a map, flares, sunscreen and extra sunglasses.
  • Tell someone where you are going, who is with you and how long you will be away.
  • Check your boat, equipment, boat balance, engine and fuel supply. Never overload your boat.
  • Ventilate after fueling. Open the hatches, run the blower and sniff for gasoline fumes in the fuel and engine areas before starting the engine.
  • In a small boat, keep fishing and hunting gear well packed. Bring extra line to secure the boat or equipment.
  • Stay warm and dry. Bring a waterproof covering. Never wear hip waders in a small boat.
  • Be ready for a powerboat to pass you. Stay on your side of the channel and maintain a steady speed.
  • Anchor from the bow, not the stern. Use anchor line length at least five times longer than water depth.

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