Boating has been a godsend for many Floridians during this time of social distancing, but what does that mean for Florida marinas? If you plan to stop at a boat dock or marina, it is up to you to continue safe boating practices. No one wants to be the person who spreads COVID-19. Do the following to keep you, your crew, and everyone else safe.
If you’re unsure about current COVID protection protocol, radio ahead.
Tell the marina employee you are approaching. Inquire as to their expected safety measures, which may include gloves, masks, staying onboard the craft while fueling, or all of the above. When reaching the Florida marina or boat dock, try to maintain social distancing protocols if you do decide (and are permitted to) disembark.
Pay attention to small snafus.
Did you use disinfectant on your hands after you tossed the marina employee your rope? How about after you filled the fuel tank? Every step of living seems to come with extra caveats these days. Better safe than sorry. If you do decide to wear gloves, dispose of them correctly so that they do not become flotsam and jetsam in the water.
Avoid needing help while out on the water.
It’s always great to know that you can get a Sea Tow, or that the Coast Guard can ultimately come to your rescue, but calling for such assistance could introduce more possible contagions. Therefore, be extra diligent in making sure your equipment is working and that you have adequate fuel to complete your journey.
Keep your boat in sparkling condition.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to clean and sanitize your vessel. These EPA approved disinfectants are a great place to start. Just remember that any bleach-based cleanser may harm your vinyl – so read the directions before you clean.
Thank goodness for boating. Many people have been forced to social distance in landlocked areas, but Florida boaters have seized the opportunity to spend even more time out on the open waters. By following just a few careful safety protocols, visiting a Florida marina while out and about can be a safe endeavor.
Know what the latest guidelines are for social distancing in your boating area. And if you ever are just not quite sure about how to behave at a boat dock or Florida marina during this time of COVID, pick up the phone and call 727-522-7777 for assistance.
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