In Florida, avid boaters have more months in the year to enjoy the water than in most states. The New Year is always a good time to refresh your boating safety checklist, so don’t forget…
- Have a plan and tell someone where you are going.
- Check personal flotation devices to be sure you have enough and they are all in good condition. If your pets go boating with you, be sure they have flotation devices, too.
- Be sure fire extinguishers are full and properly maintained.
- Check to endure all lights are working on both your boat and trailer.
- Especially if you have not been boating recently, check for fuel and oil leaks, plus take a quick look at hoses and connections.
- Review your watercraft insurance documents or contact your insurance agent to verify you have the coverage needed.
For one of your New Year’s resolutions, consider taking a refresher boating safety course. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provides a list of available classes, both in the classroom and online. The U.S. Coast Guard is also a helpful training resource.
If shopping for a new watercraft is on your to do list for 2016, January through March is prime time for Florida boat shows that include the latest.
- January 15-17 – 42nd Annual Boat Show in Stuart
- January 15-17 – Daytona Boat Show
- January 22-14 – Emerald Coast Boat Show
- January 21-24 – Naples Boat, Car & RV Show
- January 30-31 – Florida Sportsman Fishing & Boat Show in Ft. Myers
- February 5-7 – Orlando Boat Show
- February 11-15 – Miami International Boat Show
- February 25-28 – Bonita Springs Boat Show
- March 17-20 – 31st Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show
To learn more about a boat show nearest you, check out the 2016 schedule for Florida. In 2014, Tower Hill partnered with SkiSafe to offer watercraft insurance. To request a free SkiSafe quote or learn more about boat coverage, contact your insurance agent today.