Summer is the perfect time to embark on a boating adventure and enjoy the beauty of the water. Whether you’re a seasoned boater or new to the experience, proper preparation ensures a safe and enjoyable day on the boat. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to prepare for a fantastic day out on the water.

Check the Weather Forecast

Before heading out, always check the weather forecast for the day. Summer weather can be unpredictable, so ensure you’re prepared for any changes in conditions. Avoid going out during storms or high winds, and plan accordingly based on the forecast.

Prepare Your Boat

Inspect your boat thoroughly before departure. Check the engine, fuel levels, and overall condition of the vessel. Ensure all safety equipment such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, and navigation lights are in good working order and readily accessible.

Pack Essential Supplies

Gather essential supplies for a comfortable day on the water. This includes sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, towels, snacks, and plenty of drinking water to stay hydrated under the sun. Bring appropriate clothing layers in case of temperature changes or unexpected weather.

Plan Your Itinerary

Decide on your route and destinations for the day. Whether you’re fishing, cruising, or engaging in water sports, having a plan ensures you make the most of your time on the water. Familiarize yourself with the area’s navigational markers and potential hazards.

Review Safety Procedures

Ensure everyone on board understands basic safety procedures and knows the location of safety equipment. Teach passengers how to wear and use life jackets properly. Assign designated roles such as a lookout or spotter if engaging in water activities.

Follow Local Regulations

Familiarize yourself with local boating regulations, including speed limits, no-wake zones, and anchoring restrictions. Adhering to these rules ensures your safety. Check out U.S.C.G Boating to stay up to date on the boating regulations in your area.

Consider On-Water Assistance Services

For added Peace of Mind on the Water™, make sure you have a Sea Tow membership. Benefits include a full suite of on-water assistance services from fuel deliveries, jump starts, oil/part deliveries, covered ungroundings, offshore coverage, and more.  


Consider these steps, take the necessary precautions, and you’ll be well-prepared to enjoy a memorable day on the water.

Sea Tow Team

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