2 Essential Steps to Winterizing Your Boat

Tucking your boat in for the winter? For boat enthusiasts everywhere, the end of boating season can be disappointing, as on-the-water adventures are about to end and the task of winterization is about to begin. As boat owners know, protecting your watercraft through the winter here in New Hampshire requires an investment of time, labor and money. Considering that winterization is an absolute imperative that can help prevent irreversible damage, it may help to view this process not as a chore, but as a chance to dream about next spring when you’ll be ready to return to the water. When it comes to winterizing your boat, be sure to follow these two essential steps: 1. Find the best storage place indoors or outdoors If possible, find a place to have your boat spend the winter out of water and well out of the way of inclement weather. If you are storing your boat outdoors, check on the level of security. Is there security personnel on duty? Is it a locked facility? If your boat will be exposed to the elements over the winter, make sure to have it shrink-wrapped by a professional. 2. Be thorough in winterizing or rely a pro If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, the steps to winterizing your boat can be easily found via many online resources. Click here to review a series of helpful tips on winterizing your boat from Safeco Insurance. Another great place to look is your boat’s owner’s manual, as most include detailed winterization instructions. Regardless of what source you use to get the details, you will ensure a better start come next...

5 Fishing Safety Tips

Many New Hampshire residents look forward to fishing on our state’s various lakes, ponds, and rivers, especially when the warm weather arrives, and one of the best ways to enjoy boating and fishing is to share the fun with others – especially your kids or grand kids. Although expert anglers typically know the ropes of both boating and fishing in New Hampshire, there are still many mishaps that can occur if the excursion is not well-planned, especially when you have little ones along for the ride. The next time you’re gearing up with your loved ones to go after the “big one,” make sure that it’s as enjoyable as you anticipate by keeping the following five fishing safety tips provided by Safeco Insurance in mind: 1. Only fish if weather permits. Check the weather forecast in detail before you head out onto the water. Here in New Hampshire, the weather can change quickly and drastically, ushering in unexpected storms that could scare your children and put you all in harm’s way. 2. Dress yourself – and your little ones – for the adventure. Although it may seem obvious, it can get slippery out on the boat or the dock! Ensure stable footing for all by making sure you and your kids are wearing shoes that will grip boat floors and slick rocks and docks. 3. Make safety a game. It’s important to be equipped with everything you need for safety and protection – from flashlights and sunscreen to plenty of water and life preservers – but you can also make it fun for the kids. For example, make them...

6 Boating Safety Tips

Keep Safety in Mind as Boating Season Begins Unfortunately, every summer includes fun weekends on the water that take a turn for the worse when accidents occur. Often, these accidents on the water could have been prevented with just a few simple precautions. Don’t let an accident ruin your fun; keep the following boating safety tips from our partners at Safeco Insurance in mind as boating season begins: Life Preservers Aren’t Only for Kids. Don’t just have life jackets on board — wear them! When an accident occurs, people rarely have time to reach for a life jacket and put it on. This rule applies to adults, not just children. More people in their 30s die in boating accidents than any other age group. Life vests have evolved greatly over the years; today, you can even get vests for your water-loving dog! Watch the Back of the Boat. Carbon monoxide kills in minutes, so be sure to tell your passengers where your exhaust pipes are located, turn off your engine when people are in the water, and don’t let passengers “ski” or “teak-surf” by holding on to the back of the boat. Both Washington and Oregon made teak-surfing illegal in the last few years, after several tragic deaths occurred. Carbon monoxide detectors are standard on most new boats, and older boats install devices for less than $100. Alcohol and Boating Don’t Mix. More than 50 percent of drowning accidents result from a dangerous combination of boating and alcohol. Just as you should never drink and drive, don’t ever operate your boat after ingesting alcoholic beverages. Boats Need TLC Too....