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Now’s the Time to Prep Your Boat

Now is the time to get your boat ready for the upcoming season. Spend some time checking the batteries — don’t forget to polish and grease the posts — and make sure everything is in working order.

Every year I see guys at the ramp struggling and fighting on their first trip of the year. It’s always something, and rarely is it their fault. (If you don’t believe me, ask them. They’ll tell you the same thing!) There’s no reason for that. A little time spent in preparation for that first trip will pay huge dividends in the long-run. Fishing time is hard to come by. Why waste it because of a lack of preparation?

And while you’re checking out the boat make sure you give the trailer a once-over. It’s every bit as important as the boat. Check the tires, grease the bearings and check all the lights.

Last, but by no means least, check you life vest or PFD. If it’s an auto-inflate model make sure the switch and gas canister are replaced and in proper working order. If it’s an old-fashioned jacket check it for holes, rips, tears and mouse damage. Mice love life vests. I guess the filling makes a comfortable nest.

Do these things before you get to the ramp and your first trip out this spring will be a fishing trip, as opposed to an exercise in anger management. Besides, working on your equipment is a great way to kill time while you’re waiting for the weekend.

Safety on the Ohio River

Ok, you are getting ready for the upcoming season, be it boating or fishing. Have you given any thought to safety? Consider these issues:

Fog: There are several types but the result is the same: An inability to see or to orient yourself. The only safe solution in heavy fog is to not run. Your GPS sounds good at first but remember that it does not mark moving objects such as barges, towboats, cruisers and drift.

Debris: Debris is always a potential hazard on the Ohio. Keep in mind that although the Ohio is cleaner than it has been in the past it is still a moving body of water. It runs nearly 1000 miles, starting at Pittsburgh, Pa. and ending at the Mississippi River in Cairo, IL. There are literally thousands of tributaries along its path. You are hundreds of miles from the origin of this great river and that means that somewhere upstream there has been rain or some other discharge, which has created drift.

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