Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Skip to content Accessibility
Skip to footer

Never leave the dock without first checking the local weather forecast. Weather information is available from television, radio, local newspaper, online or from a weather channel on a VHF radio.

  • At certain times of the year, weather can change rapidly and boaters should always keep an eye out for weather conditions. While boating, pay attention to the following:

  • Watch for cloud build-up, especially rapid, vertically¬†rising clouds.

  • Sudden drop in temperature.

  • Sudden change in wind direction and/or speed.

  • On-board barometers, where placed on-board by the boat owner, should be checked every two-to-three hours. A rising barometer indicates fair weather and a rise in wind velocity; a falling barometer indicates stormy or rainy weather.

What to do in severe weather:

  • Reduce speed, keeping enough power to maintain headway.

  • Put on PFDs.

  • Turn on running lights.

  • Head for the nearest shore or safe harbor that is safe to approach, if possible.

  • Head bow of boat into waves at 45-degree angle, if possible.

  • Keep bilges free of water.

  • Seat passengers on bottom of the boat, near the centerline.

  • If the engine fails, tie a sea anchor on a line from the bow of the boat to keep the boat headed into the waves. A bucket will work as a sea anchor in an emergency.

  • Anchor the boat, if necessary.

  • Seek shelter on-shore whenever possible. Particularly avoid riding out a storm that includes high wind and/or lightning, which is especially dangerous. Avoid contact with metal portions of the boat such as handrails, windshields, tower and cleats.¬†

Dealer CTA

See Us

Find A Dealer
Events CTA

Experience the 

Browse Events