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Summer may be ending, but that doesn't mean boating season has to end quite yet. In fact, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the open water as long as you know how to stay safe.

Tips for Your Fall Boating Adventures

Just because the days will soon be getting shorter, it doesn't mean it's time to store your boat. In fact, fall may give you some of your best boating days yet. To stay safe out on the water this season, be sure to follow these simple boating tips.

Test Your Lights

As we mentioned earlier, the fall can mean shorter daylight hours. For this reason, it's important that you are sure your boat's lights are all working properly. If necessary, get someone to help you test all of your lights. It's also a good idea to carry flashlights and extra batteries on board every time you head out. While you're at it, check on your emergency flares to be sure they haven't expired. If they have, now is the perfect time to replace them.

Fill up on Fuel

You won't get far without fuel, so be sure to have plenty of it in your tank before taking your boat out on the water. In fact, be sure you have enough to make it to your destination and back since many fuel docks may start to close during the fall season. Don't automatically assume you'll find an open fuel dock along the way, and instead opt to be prepared for the worst case scenario. To ensure your boat is ready for the open water, be sure to give it a full synthetic oil change. If you're not sure what oil is right for your boat, contact AMSOIL Dealer, Dwight Smith at (702) 561-3706. They can help you find products like AMSOIL's 10W-30 Synthetic Marine Engine Oil for use in 4-stroke gasoline fueled engines.

Have Enough Life Jackets for Everyone

As always, safety should be one of your primary concerns when boating. Because of this, be sure to have plenty of life jackets for everyone accompanying you on your boat. This includes children and adults. Be sure the life jackets fit everyone properly even over bulkier fall clothing. Remember that water temperatures can drop drastically this season, increasing the chances of hypothermia for anyone who may fall overboard. Instead of just carrying around life jackets, be sure everyone is wearing one at all times.

Wear the Proper Clothing

Although the fall isn't as cold as winter, when the sun starts to set, temperatures can decline rapidly. This is even more true when you're out on the water. Be sure everyone is prepared with the appropriate clothing so that they can keep warm and stay comfortable throughout the day.

Communicate With Someone

Before heading out on your boat, be sure to let at least one other person know about your plans. This should include what time you're heading out and coming back. Give them a basic itinerary of where you'll be so that they can keep track of you in case of an emergency. Avoid taking spontaneous trips or heading off your planned route since this can make it harder to locate you during an emergency.

Check Your Boat

Maintenance checks can help ensure every boat ride you take is a successful one. To help save you from potential disaster, it's essential that you check on certain parts of your boat before deciding it's ready for use. Start by checking on the fluids, including the fuel, oil, and coolant. Check them to be sure they're still in good condition and at the right level. Next, check that your battery is charged and able to power your boat. If needed, top off it's water level. Next, take a look at your emergency supplies. These should be fully stocked and ready for use just in case you come across some trouble. Continue your inspection by testing the electrical items in your boat. Finally, be sure water isn't getting into any spaces where it shouldn't be. Once you're sure your boat is ready for the open water, set sail and enjoy the day. Don't forget to also inspect your boat after your day on the water. This will help you catch and fix any issues that may have popped up during your boat trip.

The Best Synthetic Marine Oil Change in Ann Arbor

Before taking your boat out on the water, be sure its engine is well taken care of with a synthetic oil change. For help finding the perfect synthetic oil for your marine engine, contact AMSOIL Dealer, Dwight Smith at (702) 561-3706. Be sure to check out their full range of quality AMSOIL Oil products for your marine engine by visiting their online shop.

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