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Six Tips and Tricks for Winter Boaters

If you're the type of boater who hits the water all year round, you need to consider a number of issues that can impact winter boating. Check out these tips and tricks from OceanGrafix to keep you --- and your boat --- safe and sound on winter waters. 
Tip #1: pack like a winter warrior! 

Get more tips for safe winter boating here

Being Prepared for the Worst

Did you know that a recent 7.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska prompted a series of tsunami alerts? Fortunately, the alerts were lifted within hours, but boaters should always be prepared with important information like the weather forecast at sea and the timing and severity of the first currents. NOAA's National Weather Service offers this additional advice: 
  • Have a marine VHF radio on board. Tune into channel 16 where the U.S. Coast Guard will broadcast emergency messages. 
  • Put a plan together in advance and know what to do if you are in port or at sea. Consult the U.S. Coast Guard or local authorities for safety information and regulations. 
  • Prepare a disaster kit and have it on board. If at sea, plan that you may have to remain at sea in case ports have been damaged. 
For more information, go to NOAA's National Weather Service.


Safety at Sea

Winter is the perfect time to take a boating safety course. The BoatUS Foundation offers free online courses specifically designed for your state. Check out the education requirements for your state and sign up for a free online boating safety course .

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