Although the COVID-19 outbreak has affected and limited people’s lifestyles in many ways, it’s still entirely possible to enjoy boating as a safe and fun activity while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Before heading out on the water, there are some do’s and don’ts to consider that can help keep you and others safe while boating. We at Econo Lift have developed some social distancing tips for what to do and what not to do while boating during COVID-19.
What to Do
Do Obey the Authorities
One of the most important steps to take is to respect the local and state authorities. You may find that some marinas, ramps, or beaches are closed, in which case you should stay out of those areas. To help you determine where you can go on your next trip, you can contact the state boating agency or check online for accessible areas that the coronavirus may have affected.
Do Limit the Number of Boaters
To avoid spreading or contracting COVID-19, current state guidelines do not recommend get-togethers with large groups of people. Boating is often looked at as a group activity but limiting the number of guests you take boating can help you meet state safety regulations.
Do Be Prepared
It’s important to bring all of the supplies you need with you on your boating trip, including life jackets, first-aid kits, whistles, flares, and other equipment. You can make sure you have everything before leaving the house by creating and referring to a checklist. You may also need to bring your own food and beverages, as certain restaurants and stores near the marina may still be closed.
Do Sanitize Your Boat After the Outing
You should clean your boat after you return by disinfecting high-touch areas as well as washing the exterior down. One of the best ways to keep your boat clean and safe is with a boat lift, which will prevent damage and wear from invasive mussels or the other hazards of being submerged in water while not in use.
What Not To Do
Don’t Go Boating if Anyone is Sick
If you or anyone else in your household is feeling sick and may have been exposed to COVID-19, avoid going out. You can consult the CDC guidelines to determine how long you will need to stay home or where to get tested.
Don’t Get Too Close to Others
Avoid joining up with other boats or meeting with groups of people on the beach or at the marina. Try to maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people and boats.
Don’t Drink and Boat
You can put yourself and many others at risk if you drink and boat. Either serve as the designated skipper or have someone else take on the role of captain if you plan on drinking on your boat ride.
Don’t Forget to Fuel Up
Make sure your boat’s fuel levels are high enough to enjoy your day without interruption. Some fueling stations may not be open, which could lead to a serious inconvenience if you forget to fuel up before boating.
Contact Our Boat Lift Professionals
While you can still enjoy boating during COVID-19, you should always work to maintain safety for yourself and other boaters. Keeping these social distancing boating tips in mind will help you stay safe on your next excursion. To help protect your watercraft, contact Econo Lift to find the right boat lift for your needs!