Have you had back surgery, a recent back injury or a lifetime of boating just catching up with your back? Equipping your boat with a suspension seat could be the key to getting back to boating sooner and being able to stay out longer.  
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At Seaspension, we have had many customers with back issues and some have even faced the possibility of even having to give up boating entirely. These same customers reach out to us regularly to say that our Seaspension pedestal saved their boating hobby or career.  

Seaspension pedestals greatly reduce the jolting impact of cruising across the water. It noticeably and significantly cushions the ride of the seat’s occupant as well as protects and prevents injuries for people who have not yet experienced symptoms. Boating can be hard on the body of both the captain and the passengers and retrofitting your existing pedestal with Seaspension is an easy way to minimize potential damage.  

It’s definitely a bummer when you can’t go boating and fishing for a while, but it’s vital to follow a sensible protocol when returning to those activities after serious surgery. We can give you a few pointers on that and recommend a way to make boating easier on your back. 

Boating After Back Surgery - General Recovery Considerations 

There are certain factors that determine how fast you’ll recover from back surgery. This includes your overall health, age, how physically active you were, how well you perform post-surgery rehabilitation, and your mindset. Yes, attitude and mindset play an important role. 

The type of back surgery will dictate recovery speed as well. A microendoscopic discectomy is less invasive than a spinal infusion surgery. Your physician or surgeon should be able to outline a recovery prognosis. They can also give you an idea of when you can return to boating and other physical activities that impact the spine.

Other Issues & Things to Avoid 

When you finally return to boating and fishing, you’ll want to take certain precautions.  First, you’ll want to avoid sitting in one place for too long. Even though fishing requires being still for a while, your body has to move more to promote circulation and stretch all the important muscles. 

Consider Getting a New Boat PEDESTAL to Help Your Back 

Our mission is to create a smoother boat ride for you with products like our  Seaspension Boat Seat Pedestals. It’s a great way to help to get back into your boat without the wavy or bumpy experience that comes with operating a powerboat. There  are many benefits to adding a boat seat pedestal: 

These boat seat pedestals really do make a difference. We even have a terrific  testimony from a Maryland Dentist who bought one: 

You cannot make up terrific results like that. 

Seaspension operates out of beautiful Largo, Florida, making the boat accessories and products that can make your boat ride much smoother. This is a nice luxury for any sea-going enthusiast, but especially for anyone recovering from a back injury or surgery. If you’d like to learn more about our products, contact us at 727-216-9639.

Seaspension looks forward to doing business directly in Panama this coming  September as part of an export sales mission with other local businesses, sponsored by Florida Enterprise. We produce a lot of products for international clients like them and look forward to making new partnerships with customers who depend on our shock-mitigating seating systems products and accessories. 

Panamanian Coast Guard Uses Seaspension Boat Products  

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Florida Enterprise invited Seaspension to join them on this mission along with a  delegation of Florida businesses because of our exportability and time-tested quality production work in the marine industry. In fact, The Panamanian Coast Guard chose to equip their fleet with a bulk order of custom-colored Seaspension pedestals just last year. 

Helping military and commercial groups find boating solutions is nothing new to us.  We’ve done equivalent work for military and law enforcement clients like the Stamford  Connecticut Police Marine Unit, the Mayport Navy Afloat Training Group, the U.S.  Coast Guard, and several others.  

For years, Seaspension has had a consistent international presence with inquiries about our products and satisfied customers across the globe. Our shock-absorbing boat seat pedestals continue to improve the ride of boaters worldwide, as far-reaching as in Australia.  

A picture is worth a thousand words, so you should visit our gallery section on our website to visualize the awesome quality and craftsmanship of our work. 

Florida/Panama Business Facts 

Another reason we enjoy doing business with Panama is that it’s an important target market for the U.S. (especially Florida). Panama uses the U.S. for export purposes more than they do any other country. Here are a few things to know about  business in Panama:

Seaspension is honored to be invited to business opportunities like these through the invaluable support of local business and governmental partnerships. We exist to help folks enjoy a smoother experience on the seas. This mission will be a tremendous benefit for local Floridians, as well as all our neighbors throughout the Gulf area and the Caribbean. Since Panama has been a big service area for us, we’re happy to see increased market activity there. 

Feel free to contact us if you’d like to utilize our services and boat upgrades by calling  727-216-9639.

If you’ve clicked on this link, let us be the first to welcome you to Seaspension! In this article,  you’ll find out who we are, what we offer, and how we can make your boating experience  shockingly smooth. We invite you to read on; you might be surprised at how much we have to offer.  
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What is Seaspension?  

Seaspension is the innovator and manufacturer of shock-absorbing boat seat pedestals that  reduce the impact you feel while underway. Our story begins with our founding in 1999 by Peter  Burer. His ultimate goal was to develop a pedestal that was easy to install and provide comfort  and safety for boaters on the water.  

What Seaspension Offers  

Our shock-mitigating pedestals can be retrofitted on a wide variety of boat brands and seating  set ups. For over 20 years, Seaspension offers the perfect solution to boaters in need of a  smooth ride to protect their backs and knees from the jolts of cruising across the water. Our  expanded line of pedestal heights meets the need of an ever-evolving market of boat layouts. 

Recreational Boater 

We offer the ideal products engineered for maximum comfort for the casual fisherman or  pleasure seeker who enjoys taking to the sea during their downtime. You no longer have to  stand during your boating trip to feel secure; you’ll be able to sit down, relax, and enjoy the trip  with more pleasure and less fatigue.  

Commercial  

Do you use your boat for business? Maybe you’re a tour guide or towing company. Seaspension  can make your employees and customers experience the most comfortable ride they’ve ever  had. Working in the commercial boating industry equates to fatigue and long hours of being on  the water. You’ll be able to handle the waves and the day's catch with much less stress.  

Military 

We’re proud to offer our products for military use as well. Specially designed for high impact and  frenetic speeds, Seaspension will look after the integrity of our military and first responders who  risk their lives every day to keep us safe.  

A Pedestal By Any Other Name…

Our proprietary technology offers unparalelled performance across a wide range of applications  to meet the needs of boaters today. We believe in providing the very best in comfort and quality.  To get a quote, view our products, and see which one of our systems will amplify the comfort of  your next boat trip, visit us at seaspension.com.  

Life is too short to be uncomfortable at sea.

What are some fun boating accessories to keep on your boat?

As the days tick by and we get closer and closer to ending the coronavirus pandemic, more people are beginning to go out on the water for boating adventures with their friends and family. In fact, we’re betting that a lot of people reading this right now are actively planning their next excursion whether it’s a high sea adventure or a relaxing lake get-together after a long week.

One of the greatest things about owning a boat is the many different types of accessories that are available, be it for safety, convenience, or entertainment. There are thousands of items on the market and we’ve compiled some of our favorite fun boating accessories that would make a great addition to any vessel.

Beverage Cooler

Whether you’re going for a quick jaunt out on your boat or planning some type of celebration, you should always have a beverage cooler onboard. There are several different sizes available, which means that you can pack for a family of four or for a party of a dozen or more. You can even pick up a couple beverage coolers, one that holds water, soda, and juice for everyone.

Boat Seat Umbrella

Anyone who’s spent more than five minutes in the Florida sun knows just how quickly things warm up. If you’re in the captain’s chair, you’ll constantly have the heat beating down on you. While you can wear a cap or hat, that will only provide a small amount of protection. The best solution is to pick up a boat seat umbrella, which will cover the entire area and keep you in the shade throughout your boating excursion.

Portable Hammock

If you can’t visit paradise, why not bring paradise to you? There’s something truly special about being on a relaxing lake or ocean and then taking that up a notch by laying on a hammock while feeling the ocean breeze and listening to the sounds of the water. Portable hammocks are easy to set up and will collapse into the size of an average folding chair. This also means that you can take it from you on a friend’s boat too!

Bluetooth Speakers

The world simply wouldn’t be the same without music, and we’d venture to say the same about a party out on the ocean. If you want to crank your tunes with family and friends, or just want something to listen to while taking out your wife and kids, a pair of Bluetooth speakers will be perfect. They can be connected to your smartphone, tablet, or other device and be placed anywhere you see fit.

Waterproof Camera

Every boating excursion is an excuse to take pictures – plenty of pictures! If you’re having a party, then grab a camera and capture moments with those onboard. If you’re interested in sea life or fishing for a big catch, you definitely want to have a camera handy.

Even though every smartphone has a camera on it, you don’t want to take the risk of getting it wet. Instead, pick up a waterproof camera that will take great pictures and be protected from damage.

Towable Inner Tubes

There’s just something relaxing about hanging out on the water in an inner tube. Even if you’ve never been out on the river with one, you can probably see the appeal. Towable inner tubes are a great way to let the boat slowly guide you along the water as you kick back with your feet up and enjoy the ocean air. This is also perfect for lakes as you make your way from one fishing spot to the next.

Dog Boat Ladder 

Why does it always seem as if it’s the really big dogs that love to go swimming in the lake? Lifting them up can certainly be a burden, especially since they’re wet and even heavier than normal. The best solution is to use a dog boat ladder. These ladders are easy to use and will enable even larger dogs to climb back onboard once they’ve had some fun doing the doggy paddle.

Shatterproof Glasses

While it may be a stretch to put shatterproof glasses in the category offun boating accessories, what certainly isn’t fun it’s being forced to clean up broken shards of glass if one gets dropped. You especially don’t want to have someone get cut while you’re out on the water, even though we know you’ll have a first aid kit handy. To avoid any such incidents, simply grab a set of shatterproof glasses and be on your way.

Shock Absorbing Boat Seat Pedestal

Sitting in the captain’s chair with no one to answer to but the ocean can be an exhilarating experience. However, the vibrations that you feel from hours of both calm and harsh waves can be uncomfortable at the end of the day, sometimes even leading to injuries and pain. A shock-absorbing boat seat pedestal eliminates these vibrations so that you’ll have a smoother trip. Its easy installation and high-quality construction make it a must-have.

Contact Seaspension® for More Fun Boating Accessories Ideas

As you can see, you can find a wide variety of fun boating accessories for safety, convenience, and entertainment. If you have any questions about how Seaspension® products can help improve your boating adventures or would like to know about Parker Boat accessories, give our team a call at (727) 216-9639 today.

Boat Safety Equipment you should keep onboard.

As a boat owner, it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure your vessel is always in serviceable condition and properly equipped with enough safety equipment to help prevent accidents and injuries. Luckily, there’s no shortage of items available on the market that are intended to help you achieve safety goals. Although it would be impossible to discuss every single one, we’ve compiled a safety equipment checklist to cover the basics you’ll need.

Navigation Lights

If you want to be in a frightening situation, simply be out on the ocean after nightfall with no lighting available. Even if the waters are completely calm, this can be a harrowing experience. Adding navigation lights will allow you to see in the dark, so you can find your way. Plus, others will be able to see you, which will further ensure your safety.

First Aid for Small Emergencies

Injuries are bound to happen, which is exactly why you should always be prepared for them. This is an easy item to add to your safety equipment checklist because there are marine-specific first aid kits available. This will allow you to deal with cuts, scrapes, and even mild illnesses.

Visual Signaling Devices

Having a visual distress signal isn’t just a good idea – it’s also a requirement. If your boat is shorter than 16 feet, you must have flares or nighttime signals. If it’s greater than 16 feet, you’re required to carry visual signals for both day and night. A few examples of these include flares and strobe lights, depending on the time of day.

Wearable Flotation Devices

It’s impossible to discuss boat safety equipment without referring to personal flotation devices. This is actually a requirement for any children 12 and under whenever your vessel is in motion. Plus, making sure that every person on board has a life jacket in case of an unfortunate incident is simply the sign of a responsible boat owner.

Throwable Flotation Devices

Another requirement for every boat is to have at least one throwable flotation device on board. This is typically referred to as a “lifesaver,” despite the fact that they come in a few different styles. The best ones are those that have a line attached to them, which will allow you to throw the device to someone and then pull them back to the boat.

Fire Extinguishers for Flame Control

You definitely don’t want to leave the shore without having a Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher on board. If your boat is shorter than 26 feet, you’re required to have at least one B-1 type extinguisher. If it’s between 26 and 40 feet, then you must have at least two B-1 type extinguisher or one B-2 type. Also, be sure that everyone on board knows how to use the hand-held fire extinguisher just in case.

Sound Signaling Devices

Having some type of horn or whistle on your boat is always a good idea, but it’s especially useful in fog and other situations where visibility might be an issue. These sound-producing devices will allow you to alert others of your position, which can help you avoid accidents when it’s difficult to see. If your vessel is larger than 39 feet, you should definitely consider the use of a bell that goes off at regular intervals.

Cellphone and UHF/VHF Radio

Being able to contact people is a necessity every time you go out on the water. In most cases, having a cellphone will be enough. However, you should also have a UHF/VHF radio on board so you’re always connected. Another option is to have a satellite phone, which enables you to stay in contact no matter where you are.

Manual Propelling Device

In this day and age of relying on technology, we often forget that manual devices are an excellent backup. You should have some type of manual propelling devices on board, such as oars or something similar. This will enable you to get your vessel moving in the event that its motor breaks down.

Contact Seaspension® to Learn More About Your Safety Equipment Checklist 

By following this safety equipment checklist, you’ll have several of the basics covered the next time you go out on the water with friends and family. You can also protect yourself by equipping your vessel with a Seaspension® shock-absorbing boat seat pedestal, which will alleviate the discomfort caused by the movement of the water. If you’d like to learn more about Seaspension® products or Parker Boats accessories, give our team a call at (727) 216-9639 today.

How to Prepare your Boat for Spring.

With winter behind us and the world seeing a light at the end of the coronavirus pandemic, many Floridians are once again venturing out on the water for a spring and summer boating adventure. They’re excited to go fishing, spend time with family and friends, have birthday celebrations, and basically just ready to have a good time out on the ocean or their favorite lake after taking a long sabbatical.

If you’re ready to jump right in and join the thousands of locals and visitors who are going on their own private adventure, then preparing your boat for spring is an absolute must. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of 10 preparation tips to ensure that your next water adventure is the best that it can be!

Check the Engine

Even if your boat was running perfectly fine the last time you took it out on the water, you should consider checking it out and servicing it as needed. Check the engine fuel system, fuel filter, oil filter, cooling system, bilge pump, electrical connections, and everything else related to the normal operation of your vessel. This will help ensure that your trip isn’t ruined by something going wrong while also keeping your guests safe.

Carefully Inspect the Hull

Your boat’s hull is obviously durable, but it’s subjected to a lot of abuse every time you set sail for an excursion. First off, inspect the hull for stress cracks in the fiberglass and severe blistering. These can threaten its integrity and should be fixed immediately. Also, check the rudder and fittings for any signs of corrosion, rust, bearing debris, or excessive play. If you find an issue and you don’t have the means to repair it, hire a professional.

Don’t Forget the Propeller

Propellers are extremely sturdy but can become worn out over time or may be damaged by coming into contact with debris in the water. If the damage becomes severe enough, it could cause you to become stranded and cost thousands of dollars to repair. Examine the propeller yourself and if you notice that it’s been damaged or warped, change it out before taking the boat out on the water.

Check the Sails (If Applicable)

Sailboats have a unique look all their own, which has even made them popular subjects for many painters. Like all things, though, sails will wear down over time and appear tattered, harming both their appearance and functionality. This is obviously something that isn’t conducive to a good boating experience, so make sure to examine them closely and get them repaired, if needed.

Thoroughly Wash the Exterior

It doesn’t take long for the exterior of your boat to become tarnished or downright filthy. This is especially true when it’s been sitting in your backyard or garage for several months as many boats have been since last year. Even if you’ve kept it covered up, you should take the time to thoroughly wash the exterior so that it looks as good as it possibly can out on the water.

Make the Interior Look Spiffy

Although the interior of your boat isn’t subjected to saltwater, barnacles, and other such things that can tarnish the hull, it can become quite messy in a relatively short period of time. Take the time to wipe everything down, clean the flooring, wash any cloth seats or bedding materials, etc. It’s also a good idea to disinfect everything since so many people are on high alert for germs and viruses.

Check Your Safety Equipment

As a boat owner, it’s important that you keep plenty of safety equipment in your vessel at all times. This includes a life jacket for each person, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, emergency beacon, and other necessities that can help prevent injuries and assist you in a dire situation. Check all of the safety equipment for damage, expiration, or other problems and get anything repaired or replenished, as needed.

Consider Upping the Insurance

You can review your boat’s insurance policy at any time, but if you haven’t taken it out on the water for a while, now might be a great opportunity before you hit the open seas. Work closely with your insurance agent to ensure that you have ample coverage for both damage and any personal injuries that may occur. There’s a lot of competition in the market, so it doesn’t hurt to compare policy plans, either.

Prepare the Boat’s Battery

In addition to inspecting your boat’s electrical system, be sure that its battery is in good working order. Since your vessel has been sitting for a while, you’ll definitely want to fully recharge it. Also, clean off any corrosion on the terminals and check the water level. If the water level is low, be sure to fill it up with distilled water, because tap water will diminish the battery’s performance.

Install a Shock Absorbing Boat Seat Pedestal

Being out on the water is one of the greatest feelings in the world, but the common aches and pains from being tousled about aren’t so great. Even when waters are relatively calm, small vibrations can cause discomfort and tenderness. By installing a shock-absorbing boat seat pedestal before taking your vessel out for a spring adventure, you’ll severely reduce these vibrations and have a more relaxed experience.

Contact Suspension for More Tips on Preparing Your Boat for Spring

Preparing your boat for spring and summer will be a lot easier if you follow the tips, we’ve listed above. Seaspension® can assist you with one in particular by providing you with your very own shock-absorbing boat seat pedestal that will make every boating adventure more comfortable and enjoyable.

If you have any questions about our boat seat pedestal reach out to our team today by calling (727) 216-9639.

Shake these Bad Boating Habits Today!

With summer just around the corner, thousands upon thousands of Floridians will soon be heading to the open seas with their family and friends in tow. Whether you’re celebrating an event, fishing for a tasty dinner, or simply hanging out with loved ones, there’s nothing quite like it.

As a boat owner, you have certain responsibilities that you must always take very seriously, but it’s definitely easy to develop a few bad habits here and there. Let’s go over some of the bad boat habits you must absolutely avoid so that your guests and everyone else around you can have a good time.

Not Cleaning the Boat

Even if you don’t take your boat on the water too often, it doesn’t take very long for it to get dirty both inside and out. Keeping your boat clean is just as important as keeping your house or car looking good. If you don’t want to do it yourself, there are plenty of professionals that you can hire for the job. Either that or get one of your kids to do it.

Throwing Trash Overboard

It would be nice if this didn’t even need to be brought up, but the truth is that many people throw their trash into the ocean. This is one of the very worst bad boat habits either an owner or passenger can have. Make sure that everyone on board knows that this is something you won’t tolerate and that they won’t be invited again if they break this rule.

Not Being Considerate

Most of the time, boat owners and their guests are considerate of others because everyone’s just out to have a good time. It’s common for there to be congestion at the boat ramp because the person driving the automobile hasn’t practiced backing up a trailer. Another issue is that some boat owners don’t consider the effect that their vessel’s wake has on jet skiers, water skiers, and tubers, which can be quite dangerous.

Driving Way Too Fast

When you’re out on the ocean and the sea breeze surrounds you, it’s easy to forget the laws of the land typically translate to the laws of the water. Speeding is often a contributing factor to boating accidents. Yes, we understand that you get a huge thrill from speeding along the open ocean, but not only is it dangerous, you can get a speeding ticket for it just as you can in a car.

Drinking Alcohol While Boating

Just like drinking and driving, drinking and boating is absolutely prohibited. This is often another situation where people who are out on the water become somewhat detached from the “real world.” Not only are the punishments the same as if you were operating an automobile, but you also be putting your guests’ lives in danger. It’s perfectly okay to have alcohol out on the water, of course, but not for anyone who will be sitting in the captain’s seat.

Lack of Safety Equipment

As a boat owner, your most important responsibility is maintaining the safety of everyone aboard your vessel. This means that you need to have an ample supply of safety equipment such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, first aid kit, distress signals, etc. Certain items are required by law, but it never hurts to go above and beyond.

Avoid Bad Boat Habits with a More Comfortable Ride!

By avoiding these bad boat habits, you and your guests will have a more pleasurable trip out on the ocean or lake. Seaspension® will make every trip even better thanks to our shock-absorbing boat seat pedestal that provide a more comfortable ride. If you have any questions about our products or would like to place an order, reach out to us by calling (727) 216-9639 today.

When will boating season begin in Florida?

If you’re like most Floridians, last year’s boating season was nearly non-existent. The good news is a lot has changed since then and boat owners are once again taking to the water to enjoy their favorite boat activities.

When does boating season begin in 2021? It really all depends on your point of view and when you’re personally ready to head back out on the water. Let’s take a look at how some of our fellow Floridians feel on this particular matter:

The Season Never Ends!

The truth is with some boaters, the season never ends. You know who we’re talking about. There’s probably someone in your family or your circle of friends who’s ready to go out on the water no matter what time of year it is. These people are always cautious and will never put their guests in danger, but to them, any time is a great time to set sail.

Beginning of the Year

Many boaters decide to basically follow the calendar year when determining when the boat season begins. Although January may still be a bit too cold outside for a lot of people, this is often the month when boat owners will begin prepping their vessels for the spring and summer seasons. This will ensure that as soon as the weather starts to warm up, they’ll be ready to go.

April or May

The majority of boaters will often wait until spring has arrived before they start making concrete plans for a boating excursion. The months of April or May always see a big bump in the number of boats out on the water. This is when the weather is often at its best, providing the perfect environment for fishing, water skiing, or simply hanging out with friends.

Just Around the Corner

Boaters who haven’t already entered the water this year are likely treating the boating season as if it’s just around the corner. They’re always most excited about the summer season, especially if they have kids who will be out of school and won’t be pressed for time. Waiting until June or July gives them additional prep time and increases the chance that their friends and family will be available to join them.

Taking Your Time This Year

This year may be a bit different from previous years because of the pandemic. Even though things are certainly looking up, many Florida residents continue to be wary about gathering with their friends and family. You can expect that a small number of people are in no rush and will wait just a little bit longer before venturing out. That being said, it’s not likely to create a less crowded boating situation.

Always Remember to Be Safe

No matter when you decide to start your boating season, it’s important that you and your guests are safe at all times. Due to the pandemic, you should add a few cleaning and safety tasks to the mix so that everyone on-board feels comfortable. Here are a few ways to ensure a fantastic boating excursion every time:

Contact Seaspension® to Improve Your Boating Season

If you want to make the most out of each boating season, then comfort is an absolute must. Seaspension®’s shock-absorbing boat seat pedestal will help alleviate discomfort caused by waves crashing against your boat. If you need help on how to install a pedestal in your particular craft or have any questions about Seaspension® products or Parker Boat accessories, reach out by calling (727) 216-9639 to learn more and order your pedestal today!

Boat Hurricane Preparation – Is your boat prepared for hurricane season?

Florida is well known for its yearly hurricane seasons, which can cause havoc for boaters in several parts of the state. Due to dangerous conditions such as tidal rise, flooding, and harsh winds, boat owners are often concerned about the safety and security of their vessel and its potential passengers.

The good news is it isn’t difficult to avoid boat damage from a hurricane as long as you’re careful. Let’s take a look at a few boat hurricane preparation tips that will help you get through the season unscathed.

Check Your Personal Liabilities 

Even if you believe your boat is 100% safe from damage, you should never take the risk. First off, make sure that you have ample boat insurance that will cover you in the event that an impending hurricane results in costly repairs. If your boat is kept at the marina or in a storage facility, take a look at your responsibilities as outlined by the lease or rental agreement.

Monitor the Weather Conditions

As a wise cartoon once taught us, knowing is half the battle. If there’s one good thing about hurricanes, it’s that they don’t creep up unexpectedly like earthquakes or even tornadoes can sometimes do.

However, weather conditions can change drastically from day to day, so you should always be monitoring them before making plans. You can even download a hurricane app that will send you a series of alerts to be extra safe.

Don’t Be Onboard During the Storm

This probably sounds like an obvious suggestion because no one wants to be out on the water with a hurricane looming, but it’s easy to get overly confident if you’re an experienced boater. Since you’re already monitoring the weather conditions (see the above tip), then you should have more than enough time to make plans to be off the water when the hurricane starts getting close. Getting in a few extra hours of “ocean time” simply isn’t worth it.

Move or Secure the Boat

The best way to protect your boat is to move it away from hurricane territory. If your boat can be hauled by a trailer, then remove it from the water and take it far away from tidal waters and trees that may topple over. You’ll also want to pull the drain plug and remove any electronics you have on board for further damage protection. If moving your boat isn’t an option, you’ll need to secure it by following the proper marina or mooring procedures.

Tend to the Automatic Bilge Pumps

To prevent damage, you’ll want to run the automatic bilge pump throughout the storm. You should definitely shut off other electronic devices so that all the power can go to the pump, but this might not be enough. It’s a good idea to add some back-up batteries just to be safe.

Maintain a List of Primary Contacts

As a boat owner, you should always have a list of primary contacts such as your marina, insurance agency, repair company, maintenance personnel, and emergency towing providers. This will help you stay safe throughout the boating season, but can be especially important If you experience problems due to a hurricane. For added safety, keep a list on your phone and in at least one other location as a backup.

Be Cautious After a Hurricane 

Remember even when a hurricane has passed, the danger may not be quite over.

Here are some quick tips to further keep you safe:

Order Your Shock Absorbing Boat Seat Pedestal Today for After Hurricane Season!

Following these tips will help you keep your vessel and loved ones safe during the hurricane season.

Seaspension®  can assist you further by providing a shock-absorbing boat seat pedestal that will provide comfort all year long. If you have any questions about Seaspension®  productsParker Boat accessories, or other boat hurricane preparation tactics, reach out to us by calling (727) 216-9639.

What are some great boating destinations in Florida?

The Sunshine State is known for a lot of things such as its beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, theme parks, delicious restaurants, and other exciting attractions for both residents and tourists. Those who either live here or frequently visit also understand that, despite what other areas might claim, we truly are the boating capital of the United states.

Now that normalcy appears to be on the horizon after a very trying and tumultuous 2020, many people are looking forward to engaging in their favorite boat activities once again. To help ensure that you get the most out of it, we’re going to take a look at some of the best boating destinations in Florida that will quickly start heating up once again this year.

Florida Keys

Even people who have never been out onto the ocean (yes, those poor souls do exist) have heard of the Florida Keys. This chain of islands stretches more than 100 miles and features some of the very best offshore and inshore fishing available anywhere in the world. You’ll find snorkeling and diving opportunities at several reefs and within underwater wrecks, many different dining options, and a wonderfully diverse community.

Tampa Bay

As you may already be aware, Tampa Bay is a very lively community. Many people visit every year to take part in the annual Gasparilla Weekend, where they get to dress up as pirates and enjoy a variety of activities.

Boaters have the option of either fishing the huge bay or to go offshore. You can also take a day cruise to downtown St. Pete or downtown Tampa. And this is also the home to Egmont Key, which is also on this list.

Anna Maria Island

Connected to the small resort city of Anna Maria, where you’ll find plenty of shops, galleries, and restaurants, this barrier Island is known for its beautiful beaches such as Manatee Beach Park. You can explore its history by checking out the wooden City Pier that dates back to 1911 along with a restored 1920’s cottage located in the Historical Society Museum. You can also head to nearby Bradenton Beach City’s Bridge Street Market to shop for art and jewelry.

Egmont Key

The most significant attraction on the island of Egmont Key is its State Park and National Wildlife Refuge. Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, it’s only accessible by either boat or ferry, and trust us when we say that the journey is absolutely worth it. There’s plenty of things to do and a lot of exotic animals for you and your family to enjoy.

Key West

Amongst all of the Florida Keys lies perhaps the most famous of the state’s vacation destinations, Key West. The funny thing about Key West is that it isn’t really known too much for its beaches. Instead, it’s mostly famous for its pastel-hued, conch-style houses and the gorgeous coral reefs where thousands of people visit every year to go diving and snorkeling.

St. John’s River

If you’re looking for a large area to cover, St. Johns River is definitely it. From Jacksonville all the way to the east of Orlando, this river covers more than 300 miles. Due to its immense size, the river is host to something for everyone. You’ll find saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, a variety of dining opportunities right by the water, lakes and coves for you to explore, country towns where you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere, and so much more.

St. Augustine

Claimed to be the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine is well-known for its Spanish colonial architecture. Tourists flock to the beaches here every year, in addition to its incredible wildlife sanctuary where dozens of animals can be seen. While you’re there, you should also visit the Castillo de San Marcos, a 17th-century fortress that offers a great look at the city’s gorgeous inlet for an extra treat.

Contact Seaspension® for a Smoother Boating Ride

These are only a handful of the best boating destinations that you’ll find in our great state. No matter where you go, Seaspension® can make boating in Florida a lot better thanks to our shock-absorbing boat seat pedestal, which can be installed on most vessels and will absorb the vibrations caused by the movement of the water. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, give us a call at (727) 216-9639.

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