As a new boat owner, there are a lot of things you have to learn in order to get the most out of the boating experience. While some of these things can help you have more fun and maximize your time spent on the water, others may actually save your life. For instance, knowing how to respond to the sudden emergence of dark clouds and gusty winds can help you avoid becoming stranded in the open ocean. To make sure that you are as safe and comfortable as possible in your new boat, keep these weather safety tips in mind for your next boat trip.
Check the Weather Reports
Several days before your boat trip, start listening for the National Weather Service extended five-day weather outlook on NOAA Weather Radio. Even if the forecast is favorable, bring along a VHF transceiver to listen for NOAA Weather Radio updates. The weather out at sea can change very quickly, so stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio for breaking weather reports in your area.
Watch for Signs of Approaching Storms
As you are enjoying your boating trip, make sure to keep an eye on the horizon for signs of an approaching storm. Look for dark, threatening clouds or a steady increase in wind or wave height. Lightning flashes in the distance are also a sign of an approaching storm. If you believe a storm is headed your way, head for shore as quickly as possible.
Prepare to Ride Out the Squall
If a squall or thunderstorm descends on you before you can reach shore, put on your personal flotation device (and make sure that all of your passengers do as well) and prepare for rough seas. Stay below deck if possible and keep away from objects or furniture that aren’t secured or grounded.
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