Spending hours out on the water can be a relaxing way to enjoy the day. However, too much time on the water can wear out your legs and back, and the time outside can lead to sunburn. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to make your ride more comfortable and minimize problems afterward. Some of them also help protect your boat and increase its value over time.
First of all, try to ensure that your boat will provide as smooth a ride as possible. Avoid excessive pounding by installing trim tabs, which help the boat get on plane and correct listing. Trim tabs also reduce fuel consumption and improve visibility, contributing to a more efficient and enjoyable ride.
Water reflects UV rays, increasing your chances of sunburn. Make sure you wear sunglasses and sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF. Another option if you are planning to spend long hours out in the sun is a bimini top. It will protect you from the harsh rays, especially when the sun is most intense. It can even provide some shelter from rain if you are stationary.
Seating is another important consideration for your boat, especially since simply standing and maintaining balance on a boat can tire your muscles. Plus, the weather can wear out existing seats and their bases, so make sure both are in good condition. Boat cushion covers can help protect the material for as long as possible. Be sure to invest in good quality upholstery or durable material, as the water and weather can damage older ones.
If you want to add more temporary seating, there are even more options to consider. Portable loungers and bean bags provide a nice alternative, while padded chairs and benches can add to the overall comfort of your boat without taking up too much space when not in use. You can also add cushions to a cooler to combine comfort with functionality.
Another way to stay comfortable is to invest in marine carpeting or anti-fatigue mats, which can reduce the shock of a big wave. Not only are these easier for standing for long periods of time, but they can also help prevent slipping and falling. Modern marine carpets are durable, prevent mold and mildew, and enhance the general appearance of your boat.
To prevent further back or knee pain, be sure to invest in a good pair of boat shoes. Choose shoes with good traction and cushioning. Most importantly, make sure they keep your feet dry.
Finally, a major consideration for comfort onboard comes from adapting to our modern world and giving yourself some peace of mind. A house battery or compact portable generator can be useful, especially if you are bringing along any electronic devices, like stereos. If you are planning to bring phones, make sure you also have a portable charger. Try to find one that is solar powered to avoid feeling too lost at sea.
Summer days were meant for spending long hours on the water. Make sure it is a restful and easy experience by ensuring your comfort onboard first.