Boaters – Check the Weather

When reporting a claim, boaters often regret not carefully monitoring the weather. 

The weather on the water is notoriously unpredictable. It doesn’t apply only to anticipating tidal currents on ocean voyages. Strong winds on an inland lake can create vicious waves too. Ideally, before you leave the shore, you’ll check the weather and continue to monitor it while you’re cruising.

What to look for:

  • Watch local tide tables for information predicting high and low tide
  • Consult tide charts for updates about the height of tides over 24 hour periods (some also show speed and direction)
  • Listen to tide reports on local weather or VHF weather stations
  • Many commercial radio and TV broadcasters will share marine weather updates during boating season, so make a habit of listening the night before and morning of a planned boat trip
  • Check websites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service and other government agencies for important updates or travel advisories

When to check the weather:

  • For the most current forecast and updates before they leave the shore.
  • While out on the water, watch for seasonal storms. Keep a small battery-operated weather radio onboard as well as the latest apps or electronics because sometimes old-school is the most reliable.

Wherever your boating adventures take you, you will never regret frequently checking the weather and monitoring weather conditions. When it comes to tracking the weather, there is no such thing as going overboard.

How well does your current boat insurance coverage protect you in the event of storms or natural disasters? Contact the boat insurance professionals at Global Marine Insurance to review your policy, answer questions, or provide an insurance quote.

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