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Boats Are Just For Bikinis and Shorts... Right?!

  Tip #15 When you think of a boat do you think of shorts and bikinis? Probably. But what about during a storm?  How about if it’s cloudy?  What about if it’s really sunny? What about if all of these things happen in the same 2 hour time on the boat? YES!  This can and will happen. Dressing in layers is important on a boat. There are times you’ll be hot so you shed a few layers, but then there are the time you get out of the water and are freezing cold… or even the time when you are running wide open across the water and it’s chilly. Night time cruises also get cool. People think it’s ironic to...

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PONTOON GIRL® PARTY FAVORITES: Bench Seat Cargo Net

Speaking of gear, have you ever lost one shoe on your boat.  You have no idea what beach towel it got wrapped up in, which bag it went into, when it fell overboard, or what cubby it was placed into by mistake. But there it is gone.  How about this idea… repurpose a cargo net as a shoe holder.  It’s a perfect area and a perfect way to keep all shoes on board in pairs! (photo source: Pinterest)

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Why Wait Until You Need Surgery? A Vessel Safety Check Is like a Wellness Check for Your Boat.

  Tip #13 One of the best services around is the complementary Vessel Safety Check from the US Power Squadron. Our marina hosts an event where members of our local chapter complete an assessment of a boat’s seaworthiness.  In addition to external safety items such as appropriate lifejackets they check basic equipment, too such as lights and horns. Upon a successful completion your boat receives a sticker.  It’s a great way to promote safe boating and to find some minor and even major safety issues with your boat before something bad happens. If you don’t have a Power Squadron in your area, check with your local water enforcement to see if they know who completes Vessel Safety Checks in your...

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There's a Whole Lot of Sun and Fun on a Boat... But That Can Be a Bad Thing, Too.

There’s a whole lot of fun in the sun waiting on a boat – but the opposite side of this is true if you're not careful. Today’s topic is both Hydration and sunblock! The sun in moderation is good.  Too much sun and you could end up dehydrated and burnt.  Both are no fun and can actually be a medical hazard on the lake. Even though you are surrounded by water, it seems ironic you can become dehydrated, but both the sun and drinking alcohol will contribute.  Be careful and be mindful of your guests!  (Hey… another thing if your group is the out of control partying type… make sure to them to use a garbage bag, plastic style OR...

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Who's In Charge? This is a great idea and one you hope you’ll never have to use on your boat.

Tip #11 This is a great idea and one you hope you’ll never have to use. Before you go out on your cruise you need to plan ahead.  Imagine if you are the one that gets sick and needs medical attention.  What the heck? That’s not supposed to happen!  But what if it does… think about that.  Does someone else know the basic operation of the boat?  Does someone else know how to get help? Does someone else know where the first aid kit is? This is a simple, 5 minute conversation to make someone your “first mate” in the event you’ll never need them. As for your first aid kit. You should regularly inspect it to change out old...

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