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The operator of any boat should know the forecast before heading out on the water. Either a long or short trip, weather patterns constantly change and create dangerous situations. Before leaving the dock check the local weather forecast. If your worried about your boat being damaged you probably need boat insurance or yacht insurance. Contact Boat Insurance Quote or click on a Quote button below for more information.
Weather related links and tips.
  Weather Services Online
  Other forecast sources....
  Why use a VHF radio for the forecast?
  How to fight the weather.
  Current Weather and Tides
Weather Services Online:  

National Weather Marine Forecast
Weather Underground
You can find the forecast in various ways:  

TV Radio
Newspaper Online CB Radio From a channel on your VHF radio Cell phone
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Why use a VHF radio for the forecast?  

A VHF radio can have more advantages than a CB radio or a cell phone. The price has dropped and they aren't difficult to use. Hand held VHF radios are under $100 now and a quality boat mounted VHF radio can be under $200. Here are some more reasons why you should have a VHF radio while on the water:
1. You don't need a license
2. Their more reliable than cell phones. VHF radios are usually weather resistant and have better battery life. A cell phone may not receive service in all areas.
3. If you're in trouble you can make a may-day call on the VHF channel 16. This will be heard by the Coast Guard and other VHF users.

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How to fight the weather.  

Be weather-wise
Increasing wind, lightning flashes, dark clouds, cooler air, and choppy water all can mean a storm is forming.

Bring extra gear you may need
A flashlight, extra batteries, matches, a map of where you are, flares, sun tan lotion, first aid kit, extra sunglasses. Put all that need to be protected in a waterproof pouch or a container that floats.

Inform friends and family
Create a Float plan or tell someone where you're going, who is with you, and how long you'll be away.

Double check equipment
Then check your boat, equipment, boat balance, engine and fuel supply before leaving.

Your boat is designed to give you years of enjoyment; ensure your fun by choosing the right protection.
Thank you for using Boat Insurance and happy boating.


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