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While taking your boat out on the water is an activity commonly done during the spring/summer months, you can also do it over the winter season if the conditions allow it and you know what precautions to take. If you'd like to give it a go, continue reading the post below to get a better idea of how you can stay safe while boating this winter.

How to Boat During the Winter Season

Wear Warm and Protective Clothing

The chilly winds outside can really get to you and cause hypothermia, among other ailments, which is why it's smart to use clothing that can help you stay warm while you're out boating. Make sure that you also wear a waterproof layer, and that you put on your life jacket, in case you make contact with water. Speaking of which, remember to pack a change of clothes, so you can have dry, warm clothing handy if needed.

Bring an Emergency Kit with You

Can you imagine being stranded in the middle of the water and not having the necessary tools to keep you and your passengers safe? If you don't want this cruel scenario to become a reality, bring an emergency kit in the boat. You can keep food, water, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, communication devices, and warm blankets in it. Check that everything is fully functional before heading out.

Go Through the Weather Forecasts

It's highly suggested that you take a look at the weather forecast for the day you're heading out. This because boating through rain, snow, or hail can prove to be very difficult and even dangerous. Instead of putting yourself and others at risk, check the weather forecast first, and decide if the conditions are good enough to have an enjoyable time out on the water without being interrupted by the weather.

Have an Emergency Plan

Sometimes, no matter how much you plan things, they won't go the way you wanted them to. To keep those difficult situations from becoming a full-blown disaster, you should have a set emergency plan that will allow you to react correctly. For instance, you should know where you are, where you should go, how to contact others, and more, so you can lead your boat and its passengers to safety if necessary.

Keep Your Boat in Perfect Shape

It should go without saying, but being stranded in the middle of a large body of water in your boat is a less-than ideal situation. To keep that from happening to you, you should only ride your boat when you know it's in good shape to do so. To ensure that it is, schedule regular visits with a mechanic. They will be able to evaluate your boat's condition, and provide any maintenance it may need to remain working as good as new. If you want your boat's engine to continue being powerful and working as expected, feed it AMSOIL's synthetic boat motor oil in New Berlin. You can contact Go Synthetic Lubes in New Berlin at (262) 746-2095 for more information on its many benefits, or to place an order now.

Step Carefully

Your boat is probably wet most of the time. However, now that it's been raining, snowing, and hailing, it's likely that it has puddles and slippery floors. If you want to avoid an accident because of them, however, you should be careful while walking around your boat, especially when you step in and out of it. It's also recommended that you wear appropriate shoes (ones that grip) and that you hold on to sturdy parts of the boat when needed.

Light the Way

One reason boating during winter can be more dangerous is that your visibility may be compromised. Not only are days shorter and darker during this time of year, but the snow, rain, or hail can also affect it. If you want to see and be seen without problem, you should keep your boat's headlights on. For that reason, it's important that you verify that your battery and the lights are working correctly.

Break the Ice Carefully

As a final tip, be careful if there's ice on the water while you're navigating. If the ice you find is thin, you shouldn't have a problem, as you can probably pass right through it. If it's thicker, you may need to use a boat pole to break the ice in front of and around the boat, so you can navigate through it. If it's too thick, however, it's a better idea to end your boating adventure and leave it for another day.

Do You Need Synthetic Boat Motor Oil in New Berlin?

Remember that when it comes to synthetic lubricants that can maintain your boat's engine perfectly, Go Synthetic Lubes in New Berlin is the dealer to call. Contact them at (262) 746-2095 or visit the online store, if you're in need of synthetic boat motor oil in New Berlin.

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