Do you feel that chill in the air? Winter is almost here but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your boat! While the warmer seasons are optimal for boating activity, there’s no reason you can’t continue to enjoy your vessel well into fall and even winter. That is, unless your local waterways are frozen solid. Until that happens, be sure to follow these tips to enjoy boating no matter how cold it is outside!
Cold Weather Maintenance
If you are one of the brave ones keeping your boat in the water during colder weather, then there are a few steps you need to take to make sure your decision is a good one.
First and foremost, your boating attire should always include keeping a personal flotation device nearby! In addition to that, you’ll need to dress for the frigid winter air. As such, we recommend clothing that repels water yet allows breathability to allow moisture release from the inside. Cover your extremities, neck, and face, as cold wind can be harmful. Layers are a good thing! The goal is to stay safe from water splashes and cold air.
Lifejackets are even more important during winter than in warm weather. Once it gets cold enough, then it’s possible to lose consciousness in a matter of minutes if you fall in. Furthermore, watch out for ice when you’re sailing in the winter. Large chunks may be lurking just below the surface and beware ice on docks, decks, mooring lines, and wires, too. Icy wires can present a shock hazard to boaters.
Winter boating can be safe and fun, as long as you stay on top of all the proper precautions! Until the water freezes, feel free to take your boat out as often as you want, making sure to follow all our tips for safety, attire, and maintenance. Reach out to Great Lakes Yacht Sales today to learn more about our incredible selection of boats for sale so you, too, can enjoy the water this season!