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The Equipment and Know-How for a Day at the Sandbar
Spending the day at the local sandbar can be a lot of fun. That is, if you have everything you need and know how to secure your boat safely. To make your excursion easier, we’ve assembled a handy checklist of items to take, things to check before you head out, and some articles and videos you may want to review ahead of time. While a day out with family and friends is great fun, it’s even better when things go smoothly.
The day before:
Start checking the weather. If the forecast predicts afternoon storms, you may want to plan to be back at the dock before there is a threat of bad weather.
Know the tide schedule. When you’re beaching or anchoring your boat in a location that is affected by the changing tides, you’ll need to know the times for high and low tide so you can properly prepare. If you’ve never done this before, the article below will give you tips for either scenario so you can beach or anchor your boat with confidence.
Remember the following essential items:
Other items that you may want to include:
Be sure you have the right equipment to properly anchor your boat, which could mean more than one anchor and plenty of anchor rode. If you’re using a power pole or your windlass, be sure you’re familiar with the operation of the equipment before you get to where you’re going.
If you haven’t used your windlass in a while, you may want to check to be sure it is functioning correctly and all equipment is in good condition before you need it.
If you’re boating with your favorite Grady buddy, read this helpful article.