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Watching Fireworks from Your Boat – Part 2

Watching Fireworks from Your Boat – Part 2

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  • Do not bring fireworks on the boat! Attempting to launch any type of firework from a boat is extremely dangerous, no matter how small! Instead, let the professionals run the show so you can just sit back and enjoy.
  • Do not overload the boat with passengers! The maximum number of passengers is listed on the capacity plate, and for your safety and the safety of your passengers, it must be adhered to. Also, be sure to have enough proper fitting, proper sized life jackets for all – local law enforcement often performs safety checks at these events!
  • Choose the right viewing location! Most events will restrict boats from getting too close but keep in mind that the closer you are, the more you need to bend your neck (without lounges). I like to first check the wind direction to avoid being downwind of ashes, sparks, and smoke. I also choose a spot about 4 rows out (you’ll see what I mean) to keep from bending my head more than 45 degrees. This position usually gives you plenty of room to anchor properly (5 -10 times water depth line payout) for best anchor holding.
  • File a float plan with someone you trust! A float plan is important should the unexpected happen and is used for Search and Rescue operations.  While the type of information needed will vary on the body of water and event, at a minimum, it will identify the boat, passengers, tow vehicle, and expected arrival time. Visit for details on their mobile app that simplifies filing a plan.
  • Finally, after the Finale, consider staying “put” until the congestion eases. Once the display is over, there is typically a mad rush to get home, making the launch ramp/marina a mess. I like to wait a while for most boats to weigh anchor and then take a slow night cruise for an hour or so until the ramp frees up. After all, boating is all about relaxation . . .