When the kids head back to school, it’s time to turn up the heat on the boat, and we’re not talking about sunburns!
Many Sea Tow captains have reported sightings of parents taking advantage of their kids being back in school to venture out on the water for some personal time. With this in mind, we want to encourage you to take advantage of this much-needed break and plan a boat date. Pack up a picnic and play hooky from work, but shh, don’t tell the kids.
Here are some tips for a relaxing date out on your boat:
- Check the forecast. Pick the day with the lowest probability of high winds or rain. Nobody wants to get bounced around, or have a soggy picnic.
- Pack sunscreen. Sunburn probably is not what you had in mind for “turning up the heat.”
- Bring enough food for your picnic. Be wary of running out of food halfway, leaving you hungry for the rest of the trip. Don’t forget beverages, but make them non-alcoholic if you are operating the boat.
- Remember to pack the appropriate cutlery. There is nothing worse than realizing you don’t have a knife for your block of cheese or a bottle opener for your sparkling cider.
- Anchor the boat before you dive into your lunch spread. You don’t want to finish eating only to realize you have no idea where you drifted, or;
- Find a nice beach area where you can wade onto dry land and set up a picnic in the sand.
- Make sure you have stand-in parents on land who can pick the kids up or answer calls from the school in case of an emergency.
- Be present and enjoy the moment.
Have you had a boat date recently? Tell us what your plans included and how it turned out.