Is your boat ready for El Niño*?

El NinoIt’s hard to predict what El Niño will do. Although it’s predicted for this winter, they say isn’t never the same. Will there be a little rain or a lot of rain? It’s always a good idea to be prepared, just in case. So Batten down the hatches!

Things you can do to prepare for El Niño.

Check for potential leaks…

  • Check around your boat for leaks. If leaks are found, make sure to use proper sealants. Replace seals around ports, windows and hatches.

Before heading out check…

  • Bilge Pumps – Make sure the bilge pumps are in working order with an automatic float switch and a strong battery.
  • Electronics – A boat without a GPS or VHF Marine radio, is like not having a computer or cell phone on land.  Make sure your boat electronics are in working order. It can be used to stay up to date on weather and hazard warnings. And to communicate with the Coast Guard and fellow boaters.
  • El NinoBatteries – Check our battery. Make sure it’s fully charge, clean the terminals and make sure your charging system is in working order.
  • Radar system – If your boat is equipped with a radar system, be sure it’s in working order. A radar system comes in handy when visibility is poor. It can provide safe navigation during fog or heavy rains.
  • Check the weather conditions – It’s always a good idea to check the weather conditions before you head out. NOAA_Los Angeles Area Weather

The prediction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a 95 percent chance of El Niño conditions will be moving through this winter.

So regardless if El Niño brings a little rain or a lot of rain, make sure you and your boat are ready this winter.

*El Niño is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the Tropical Pacific having important consequences for weather and climate around the globe.