How The Eclipse Effects Boating

August 15th, 2017

with the upcoming solar eclipse, many boaters are wondering if it will have any effect on their boating experience. As a result, we have gathered some information you may want to take note of before going on your boating adventure during the next eclipse.

DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN – While it may be difficult to not look at the sun while on your boat, it is extremely important not to. Looking directly at the sun during an eclipse can cause permanent damage to your eyes. Furthermore, it is also important not to take direct pictures of the sun either, as the sun can even ruin your camera.

Increased Tidal Range – When the sun, moon and the earth are aligned it forms an eclipse. When a new moon or solar eclipse and full moon lunar eclipse occur, this is the time of the highest tide, also referred to as spring tides. It is important for boaters to pay attention for additional debris during high tides, and shoaling in areas where low tides would occur.

Strong Thunderstorms – During a solar eclipse temperatures can drop up to 15 degrees. This sudden temperature change could create a thunderstorm if the cold air interacts with the warmer air.

Decreased Visibility – With decreased visibility, boaters should make sure to turn on their navigation lights and treat this situation the same as night boating, or boating in any other low visibility situation.

Pay Attention – It is very likely that people will be paying more attention to the sun than they will be to other boaters. It is very important to pay attention while driving your boat to avoid any type of accident.