Gone are the long days full of sunlight and no rain where tanning out on the sunpad of your yacht while cruising the lake or Sound was a daily treat. While the days are getting shorter, the temperature is falling, and the rain is back, you can totally still use your boat! (In fact, some of the best times to fish are forthcoming.)

With the weather changing and being unpredictable and colder, and with it getting dark sooner, it’s important to take extra steps to ensure you are safely boating. Check out a few tips below.

1. Update your maps. Whether you use old-fashioned paper maps or have a state-of-the-art navigation system, it is important to make sure all maps are updated. It gets dark quicker now, so you won’t always be able to rely on landmarks, and we really don’t want you to get lost or stranded!

2. Make sure all of your navigation lights are working properly and that you have not-expired flares (just in case!) How terrible would it be to have your engine cut off right in the middle of a cruise and you go to send up a flare only to find it is expired? It’s also a good idea to have flashlights and extra batteries. Come out to any of our parts stores and check out our safety equipment.

3. This one isn’t exclusive to fall boating and it’s common sense,  but fill up your gas tank before you go!

4. Make sure your VHF is working well. That way, if you have expired flares, you can do the more modern thing and use your VHF to get help. If you want to install a VHF on your boat or get yours fixed, call our service department to schedule an appointment!

5. Wear a life jacket or have some on board. This is another not-exclusive-to-fall-boating tip, but it never hurts to have a reminder.

6. Check the weather and then check it again. You know this crazy Washington weather and how it can be clear when you leave the dock but then start raining the second you get out into the open water. If you sense a storm coming (or see/hear one), go back to the dock!  Don’t test the weather Gods. They can be mean. Your safety is most important.

7. This may sound silly, but wear sunscreen! Even with overcast skies, you can still get burned. Lobster season is over, my friends. Slather on that sun tan lotion!

I know it’s a bummer that summer is over, but you can still get good use out of your boat for a while longer. And, when you are ready to winterize, call us!

Happy Fall Boating! Enjoy a Drunken Pumpkin latte on your boat for your favorite blogger!

Drunken Pumpkin Latte


  • 1 Cup Brewed Coffee
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 Cup RumChata
  • 2 Tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Vodka
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. Ground Cinnamon


  1. Add the sugar and cinnamon to the hot coffee and stir until dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  2. Serve warm or over ice.
  3. Top with optional whipped cream ground cinnamon.