When It Comes To Fun On The Water, Always Put Safety First
The most enjoyable days out on the water always require a little preparation.
An otherwise perfect day of boating can be quickly short-circuited if you didn’t bring enough food, beverages, or ice. Virtually all recreational boaters are familiar with that punched-in-the-gut feeling of being out on the water and realizing they forgot something essential.
Of course, some forgotten items – like a favorite pair of sunglasses – are simply an annoyance. Others are more serious. Before you begin gathering all your favorite snacks, drinks and assorted boating accessories and toys, be sure to plan for safety first. No amount of fun in the sun is worth taking an unnecessary risk.
Before you begin your day on the water, it is important to know every person who will be on your boat and know for certain that you have a properly fitting life jacket.
In addition, some people – particularly young children – might require extra protection from the sun during a long day out on the water. Do you have adequate cover on your boat? If not, can you bring sometime to provide some shade? How many people do you know who ever complained, after a long day on the water, that they applied too much sunscreen or didn’t spend enough time in the sun?
It is also wise to set firm safety rules before leaving the dock. There are few quicker ways to spoil a relaxing day on the water than having a 10-year-old throwing a fit about not wanting to wear a life jacket.
A little preparation goes a long way.
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Marina del Ray
Marina Del Ray is located of Hwy 22 in Madisonville LA. It is a full service marina that has been the home of Freedom Boat Club since they opened on the northshore in 2007. The marina is located about a mile from lake ponchatrain on the Tchefuncte River.
After you cross the concrete bridge to enter the marina veer to the left after the stop sign and follow the gravel road to the back of the marina. You will see a small building along the docks with Freedom Boat Club signs. We look forward to showing you all that we have to offer in Madisonville.