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Watching the 4th of July Fireworks from Your Boat? The Sea Tow Foundation Has Some Tips for You

  1. Buckle Up! Make sure everyone aboard is wearing a life jacket that fits properly. Navigating at night in smoky conditions can be just as dangerous as boating in stormy weather or in fog.
  2. Be a Designated Skipper – or Pick One: See the story above or visit www.designatedskipper.com for more details and to Take the Pledge.
  3. Fuel up before you go. Make sure you take on fuel before heading out to ensure you have enough for the return trip, especially when boating late at night when fuel docks typically are closed.
  4. Watch your weight. Don’t overload the boat with passengers. Look for the boat’s capacity plate on the transom or by the helm, or look up the passenger capacity in the manual.
  5. Dress in layers. Even on a hot night, wind and water can cause a chill, especially when you are seated in the cockpit or on an exterior deck for the fireworks display.
  6. Things look different at night. Remember that in the dark, visual navigation markers you rely on during the day may be invisible. Chart your route to your fireworks-viewing spot in advance, and use GPS-enabled electronics to help you navigate to it, if necessary.
  7.  Listen Up! Follow the directions issued to boaters by U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary as to where you may safely anchor to view the fireworks away from sparks and ash.
  8. Relax and enjoy the show. Don’t be in a rush to get home. Allow some of the boat traffic to clear out before raising anchor after the fireworks display is over.
  9. Stay visible. Make sure that your boat's navigation lights are in working order and your emergency flares are not past their expiration date. Carry a couple of waterproof flashlights onboard to help you unload passengers and gear at the dock or boat ramp and be sure to stock spare batteries.
  10. Make sure your VHF is working. You can use the boat’s VHF radio to call for help even in spots where your cell phone has a weak signal. Use Sea Tow’s free Automated Radio Check system to ensure the radio is working properly – to find the system’s VHF channel for your area, visit www.seatow.com/boating-safety/automated-radio-checks.

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