Boating After Dark and Fourth of July 2017 Events
With July 4th just around the corner many boaters are going to be out on the water after dark. Â This can be great fun for the family; watching fireworks, swimming, playing games, without being involved in dangerous crowds. Â However boating at night has dangers all its own. In fact the biggest dangers from boating at night come from reduced visibility due to low light. Â Here are a few things to do while you’re on the water after dark.
Be a Pro and GO SLOW. Â This is a great phrase for night boating, because at night when visibility is low the best thing to do is slow down. Â Slowing down gives you the opportunity to identify potential dangers, such as rocks and branches, and avoid them. Â How slow you need to go depends on the visibility, but if your unsure slow down. Â Also keep the rest of the crew on look out; you can never have too many eyes. Â And having everybody searching and chatting helps keep you awake for those really late night excursions.
Also increase your visibility with a combination of natural and artificial means. By reducing the light onboard, such as cell phones, your eyes keep their acquired night vision allowing you to see clearly. Â It takes about 30 minutes to achieve full night vision and any bright flash or shining light will ruin this instantly. Â Always keep your night lights however because this allows other boats to see you. Â If you do have to have light onboard use red light, it allows you to maintain night vision while still illuminating. Â Some companies also make GPS units that overlay charts and radar info onto one screen making it an usefulÂ tool to get around at night and avoid getting lost. Â However don’t be fooled this is no substitute for using your eyes.
As a last resort always keep a spotlight for emergency use available to you while out on the boat. Â That way you can look for navigational aids or signal for help. Â These are just a few things you can do to stay safe for the holidays. Â Remember “Stay pro, go SLOW”, use your eyes, and use the tools modern technology has made available to you.
2017 Fourth of July Lake Events
Saturday, July 1: Boom At Boone – Fireworks show at Boone Lake Marina. Live music and a cornhole tournament starts at 4 p.m.Â Join by land or water.
South Holston Lake
Monday, July 3: Lake View Dock in Bristol will be hosting a fireworks display.
Saturday, July 1: Fireworks at Cove Ridge Marina starting at 9:00 p.m.
Saturday July 1: Fireworks at Mallard Cove Marina starting at 9:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 2: The Watauga Lake Boat Parade will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. Have your boat decorated in a patriotic style and be at the Watauga Dam by 1:30 p.m. to be included in judging.Â The four categories are: Best Decorated Houseboat, Best Decorated Cruiser, Best Decorated Pontoon, and Best Decorated Runabout. Call (423) 725-2201 ex. 307 to register.
Sunday, July 2: Lakeshore Resort will be hosting live music afterward starting at 4 p.m. and fireworks at sundown.