BOATING in the fall can have challenges. The Manitoba Life-saving Society claims it takes a little bit more care. COLDER weather means colder water which increases the risk. Here’s why we should be prepared.
1.)Mixing of warm and cold air in this season can suddenly create high winds and waves , making it treacherous for smaller craft.
2.)FOG too , can be an issue, creating visibility problems so having a horn is advisable.
3.) Water is colder and dressing for possible hypothermia should you end up in the drink is wise. Sudden cold water immersion is shocking so an approved BUOYANT LIFEJACKET, becomes essential when the cold affects muscle control.
4.) Much like pilots, boaters should leave a FLOAT PLAN with someone on shore who will know what to do if you’re overdue. A Marine Radio or cell phone to call for help may save one’s life.
5.) Using the PROPER FUEL is important; Ethanol- based gas can allow for water contamination, so using a fuel additive prevents fuel line freezing. Having spare fuel on board as back up is a good idea.
6.) Fall can also produce LOWER WATER LEVELS where debris and chunks of ice could penetrate the hull while speeding.
If Boating this fall is part of your outdoor plans , take a moment to view this video from the Canadian Safe Boating Council. It may help you be prepared and more fully enjoy nature’s fall splendour and quiet waterways. Remember- Wear that Lifejacket and stay Safe!