Beat the Heat: Tips Boaters Can Use to Stay Cool

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The dog days of summer have arrived, and for many boaters
that means it’s a last-chance opportunity to get some quality boating time in
before Labor Day. Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t always seem so keen on
the idea. With the hottest days of summer come plenty of damaging sun, an
increased risk of heat stroke, and a variety of other potential problems that
give new meaning to the phrase, “not cool.”

Luckily, you’re
a more prudent boat owner than that, which is why you’ve come to this article
seeking ways to stay cool:

  • Staying hydrated is about more than just
    being on the water.
    When you swim, it’s tempting to feel a bit
    more hydrated than you really are. Anyone who’s using your boat for tubing,
    water skiing, and more might feel the same. The key point to remember is: simply
    being exposed to water doesn’t hydrate you. You have to drink it.
  • Staying hydrated is about more than just
    water, too.
    If you want to feel your best, you can’t only drink water…particularly if you’re
    going to be spending a lot of time outdoors. As any long-distance runner can
    tell you, you lose more than water when you sweat. Replacing water and
    electrolytes with just water isn’t enough: you have to keep some snacks handy
    to replace some sodium and potassium and other electrolytes as well. The best
    solution? Take a lunch break when the sun’s at its worst.
  • Wear white. White
    is the most efficient reflector of light, which means it will do the best job
    of keeping the sun’s rays out. White towels, shirts, shorts, and hats are in
    season for this very reason. So make use of them! Not only will they add to your protection from
    the sun, but they’ll generally feel “lighter” throughout the day thanks to
    their reflective properties.
  • Find shade whenever you can. If your boat has
    a canopy, that’s great—it will be a great way to keep out of the sun even while
    staying out on the water. But if it doesn’t, don’t be afraid to take frequent
    breaks. Breaks aren’t only important to make sure that you feel refreshed, but
    the symptoms of dehydration can sneak up on you, so taking a break is a great
    way to check on yourself.
  • Bring a cooler. There’s nothing
    more refreshing than a cool drink on a hot day…but if it’s a hot day, you’ve
    got to bring some cool storage with you to ensure those cool drinks actually
    last. A mini cooler can bring enough drinks for a boat trip without getting in
    everyone’s way.
  • Keep protected.A sunburn also “feels” hot as it develops, which is
    why it’s important to protect your skin from the sun with a nice water-resistant sunscreen.

Make sure to keep every boat outing a reasonable length and follow these tips and you’re sure to curb some of the summer heat…but remember your
limits too: sometimes, the sun simply gets the best of you and it’s a good idea
to know when to call it quits and stay comfortable so you can enjoy boating
just as much tomorrow as you did today.

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