As great as being out on the water is during the summer, there’s something special to being out on the water during fall too. The changing of the leaves, how it’s reflected in the smooth water, the brisk air – there’s nothing like it. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still a concern this fall, whether you’re on water or on the land. While there are many tried-and-true boat safety tips that you should always follow, there are some new ones related to the virus. We want you to have a documented vessel as well as a safe one.
Have the Right Amount of Supplies for Everyone on Board
Having a personal flotation device for everyone on board that fits and is easily accessible is important. It’s just as important to have flares, flashlights, and more during the fall. Keep in mind: the days really are shorter. If clouds swoop in, it could get dark fast. Additionally, make sure to have gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer (or something similar) for everyone on the vessel as well. This is particularly a good idea if you have people who you are not living with over at your boat. You may even want to consider socially distancing on the boat, staying six or more feet apart. Just as you wouldn’t risk it by violating other vessel rules, you shouldn’t risk anyone catching the virus, either.
Remember: The Water Has Probably Gotten Colder
Fall is not a short season. For most boat owners, the fall season doesn’t start with the official date, but during that time in August when the nights come faster. While the temperature can still be very hot in the fall, it’s important to note that the water may have gotten colder. If you go swimming, (particularly in September or October) be aware of just how cold the water could be. Having a “Water Watcher,” someone on the vessel to keep watch while someone else is swimming is always a good idea, but particularly so when the leaves change.
Be Careful About Public Docking, Anchoring, and So Forth
There are few experiences more fun in life than just anchoring next to some people in a sandy area and having a great time. However, during this current time, period, it’s just not a good idea to do it too closely. It’s one thing to have people you know on your vessel, it’s something else to be right up next to strangers. Socially distancing in your anchoring and docking can go a long way towards keeping everyone on your vessel (as well as plenty of people not on it) safer.
Staying Safe on Your Documented Vessel Year Round
No matter what season it is, we can make sure that your vessel is in compliance. As of this writing, it’s late summer, soon it will be fall and even winter. Then, spring will be around again. Whenever you take your vessel out on the water, we can make sure you do so legally, with all of the right documentation. To learn more, give us a call at (866) 981-8783.