As the temperatures begin to drop, it’s time to start thinking about next steps when it comes to your boat. The time and effort spent on the process of winterization will directly affect the boat’s performance, so protecting vessels properly is crucial. Come spring time, you will want a seamless transition back into the water!
Last month, the United States Coast Guard released their 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics Report. According to the report, last year saw a decrease in recreational boating accidents from 2016. The Coast Guard reported over 4,000 accidents that involved 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property.
As you know, the Annapolis Capitol Gazette building was the scene of a tragic incident on Thursday afternoon. Our IMU Yacht Center is located in that building and thankfully, everyone on our team is safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Capital Gazette community and their families during this difficult time.
We will confirm when the office reopens and in the meantime, our Annapolis team should be reachable by email and voicemail. We appreciate your patience and support during this time.
As we near the official start of summer, it’s also the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs June through November. Last year the United States and its territories saw major devastation, as hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria blew through and made landfall.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) 2017 watercraft theft report shows a 5 percent decrease in activity. This resumes the downward trend that was broken by 2016’s slight increase. 4,864 watercrafts were reported stolen in 2017, while most thefts occurred in May, June, July, August and September.
Read the full report here, and check out our article on theft prevention tips.
We’re halfway through spring—but that doesn’t mean you should only halfway prep your boat this season. Before getting back on the water, there are some important steps you should take to ensure you boat is seaworthy and safe. Having a set checklist can be useful to make certain you’re ready to head out on the water.
As we near the end of the season, those of us in “winter weather” areas are counting down the days to spring and summer—and to getting our boats back in the water! As we patiently wait for the start of our favorite season on the water, there is still plenty to be done on dry land; like brushing up on our navigation skills.
We recently attended and exhibited at the Baltimore Boat show. Here is NMU’s Al Saunders manning the booth! You can catch Al next at the Ocean City Sea Side Boat Show in February!