For people living around the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast, June 1st marks the beginning of the most unpredictable and tumultuous time of the year: hurricane season. For boat owners, developing a hurricane plan is two-fold. You must consider protecting yourself and your family in addition to your vessel, be it on a trailer or in the water. This guide will address all aspects of hurricane preparation, from vessels on a trailer or in water to hurricane holes and insurance policies, so that you are equipped and ready for this upcoming season.
Sometimes people who haven’t spent much time on boats have strange ideas about what to bring on an excursion. Remind guests that anything is liable to fall in the water, so it’s best practice to bring hats and sunglasses with attached lanyards--and maybe leave your favorite accessories at home.
Boat owners are typically quite in tune with their boat and what is ‘normal’. While underway, you can look, listen, and feel how things are running. Back in port, any new information gathered will be important as you give time and attention to the everyday and routine aspects of maintenance.
A state-safe boating course will make you more calm and more confident on the water since your education will apply to your real-life nautical adventures.
Fortunately, you can fill that hole with a variety of activities that will turn the dreariness of the off-season into productivity and ultimately more adventure once you’re back on the water. Read ahead for nine activities to battle those no-boating blues.