Boat Safety Tips

How to Enjoy the Lake with Low Water Levels This Summer

What an AMAZING summer so far! Without a doubt one of the best we can remember and a fantastic time to own a boat in the Lake District! We have had such a long period with no rain that the lake is now very low.  

Here are a few tips to help keep you enjoying the Marina and lake during this dry spell:

1. When manoeuvring in the Marina keep your speed and wash to a minimum at all times.

2. If your boat allows it, keep engines trimmed up and keels lifted.

3. Keep clear of the edges of the Marina channels.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Risks When Boating

Each year boaters are made seriously ill from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and the consequences can be fatal.   In 2013 a mother and daughter died from CO poisoning on their boat on Windermere.

Boats are built to keep water out, but this also makes them good containers for gases and fumes.  When carbon-based fuels such as gas, LPG, oil, petrol and diesel don't burn completely, CO is produced.

CO build-up in the cabin can occur with one or a mix of these factors:

· Badly maintained or misused appliances.

Is Your Boat Ready For Autumn & Winter?

Autumn can offer some fabulous days on the lake for all types of boating.   However sometimes Autumn can bring with it unsettled weather so in preparation for this and the Winter months it is important to make sure your boat is ready to cope with strong winds, changing water levels and low temperatures.  A few changes to your boat and mooring will make sure you continue to enjoy your boating right through the Winter. 

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