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Everything You Need to Know | Boating Etiquette

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When taking your boat safety course, you learn the basic rules and regulations of the water, but boating is so much more than that. Practical safety considerations relating to your boat are essential for your trips out on the water. However, many customs of safe boating are in fact found in the unwritten rules. A few basic tips and familiarity with boating etiquette will make you a safer boater at the end of the day.

Learn the unwritten rules of the water below:

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Off-Season Activities for Boaters

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Scrolling through old pictures of all the unforgettable summer memories spent on your boat? Fret not, there are still plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy during the off-season.  

Take a look below to see some fun ways to spend your winter. 

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Winter Boating Tips

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When the cold weather hits, most boaters can be found hibernating as the unbearable image of shoveling snow off their boats resonates in their minds. For the exclusive group that fall under the category of "year-round boaters", here are a few tips to help you stay prepared for winter boating.

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Comparing Boat Insurance Companies

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When considering your boat insurance options, the first and most obvious point of comparison is price. We all understand that and can easily assess the differences there.

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Boating at Night

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If you have ever ventured out on a boat during sunset, you may agree that the experience can be beautiful, breathtaking, and tranquil all at the same time. After watching a golden sunset, darkness soon settles in and the evening’s quiet casts a spell on those aboard.

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Wishing I Was Fishing

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My knuckles whitened as I gripped the side of the boat. I held on as tight as I could and hoped it would stop my stomach from churning. My neck hurt from looking down. All I could see was my blue rubber boots - the shiny, ‘never-been-used’ fishing boots that I was desperate to try out. Seasickness washed over me like the rolling waves of the ocean, as I hoped my breakfast would stay down.

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Boating First Aid Kit

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At home, when someone gets a minor injury, we all have basic supplies to treat it. For more serious injuries, we hop in the car for a “quick” visit to our local emergency room.

It is extremely important to not only have a first aid kit in your home, but also your boat. You can either buy a small first aid kit or follow my lead and put together your own that is specific to boating. Your water-resistant tackle box is a great resource for a DIY first aid kit. You can further protect these first aid supplies by storing them in plastic baggies. Don’t forget to let your guests know where the kit is stored!

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Wakeboarding 101

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Your friend invited you on his brand-new wakeboard boat and you can’t wait for a breezy day on the water. The only problem - you've never waterboarded before. Don't worry! By following a few simple steps, you will quickly look and feel like a pro on a wakeboard.   

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