For many people, the end of summer equals the start of hibernation, at least from outdoor activities. But if you’re a Whaler owner, we bet you’re a pro at squeezing every last minute out of the boating season. Colder temperatures are no excuse to pack it in just yet!
To help you make the most of the season, the marine insurance experts at Boater’s Choice present the following ways that fall can be extra rewarding for boaters:
Fewer Crowds — The start of the school year has a way of drastically reducing lines at the fuel dock and the boat launch. Take advantage of the early evening hours with your kids, or enjoy a calmer weekend atmosphere after the mercury begins to drop. Trust us, the water is no less beautiful.
Brilliant Colors — If you haven’t yet cruised along the shoreline to gape at fall’s explosion of red, orange and yellow, put it at the top of this year’s to-do list. The changing leaves transform any nature scene into a frame-worthy sight. Keep your eyes peeled for migrating birds and other wildlife, as well.
Fantastic Fishing — Serious anglers already know that fall is the best time for fishing. Inland, the bass are chowing down in anticipation of winter, and therefore all the more attentive to your bait. In saltwater and offshore, species from salmon to striper are out in droves. Dig your fingerless gloves out of storage and get busy filling those fishboxes.
Comfort Food — Nobody craves a thermos of chili or a mug of hot cocoa in the middle of July, but come October? Cooler weather provides all the excuse you need to load up the galley with rich and hearty treats.
Better for your Boat — “No Hauling Out Until After Halloween”: We give you official permission to make this your new mantra. Even with proper winterization, the less time your Whaler, its electrical connections, batteries and bilges lie dormant, the better. Mechanical systems benefit from running, so run, baby, run!
Just remember to take a few precautions so everyone stays safe: The days are shorter and the winds can be sharper, so pack plenty of warm clothing, keep a close eye on the forecast, and always inform a reliable person back onshore of your plans.
And if you’re looking to get the most from your boat insurance provider, Boater’s Choice can help there, too. Visit boaterschoiceinsurance.com/ for offers exclusively available to Whaler owners.