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Summer's Here - Time to Raft Up!

 

  1. Choose your raft-up spot carefully. Pick an area that is sheltered from the wind and waves. Stay clear of navigation channels and cruising lanes.
  2. The first boat in the raft-up should position itself with the whole group in mind, and set both a bow and stern anchor.
  3. When approaching the raft-up in your boat, have fenders and lines ready. Tell passengers to keep their arms and legs inside the boat at all times. Approach the raft-up slowly. Tie up to one of the end boats using bow and stern lines.
  4. Stagger the boats. Position them so each one is slightly ahead of or behind the boat next to it. This will keep rigging from touching if the boats are rocked by a wake.
  5. Boaters who can’t stay long should tie up on the outside of the raft-up to make leaving easier.
  6. Turn off your boat’s engine to eliminate the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning, and so your prop won’t be turning with people in the water.
  7. Be courteous. Ask a boat owner for permission before boarding his or her boat, even if you are just crossing their deck or swim platform.
  8. Each boat should Designate a Sober Skipper to drive the boat on the trip home. Pack plenty of water and juice for hydration.
  9. Even in hot weather, children should wear life jackets. This will help keep them safe when walking from boat to boat or swimming off the raft-up.
  10. Appoint weather watchers for the group. Ask them to listen to the radio and check their Sea Tow App’s Weather/Radar function for possible storm activity in the area. For more information about the free Sea Tow App to iPhone or Android devices, visit www.seatow.com/app.
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