With December almost halfway over and the holiday season in full swing,  there are a few activities that are on everyone’s agenda to celebrate the holiday spirit. For boat owners, the excitement that accompanies holiday boat parades and decking out your vessel with festive colors is in the air. Whether you’re in the parade or simply an observer, maintaining proper safety protocol is of the utmost importance. Besides having a designated skipper, we’ve gathered some helpful advice for enjoying the season while staying safe.  
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Weight Watching  

The holidays put us all in a festive mood, and we want to extend the holiday cheer to everyone we know. That said, it’s essential to be mindful of the weight limitations of your vessel. Don’t try to go beyond this capacity, and keep in mind that excess people and decorations can limit visibility, which is important to maintain.  

Be Mindful of Nighttime Conditions  

As we just mentioned, maintaining visibility is essential when operating any vehicle, be it a car, truck, or boat. Consider your experience with operating a  boat at night and the addition of holiday lights on your vessel changing your visibility. Operating the boat in tandem with the other participants involves remaining alert to obstacles and maintaining proper speed. 

Don’t Forget Your Life Jackets  

Life jackets might not be on your list of things to wear to a party or celebration,  but there’s nothing more critical to any boating experience than safety. Make sure there’s enough on board for your guests, and remind them to dress warmly. 

Captain Tom Van Sickle from No Fear Boating Offers Tech Tips

"When participating in a night boat parade it is extremely important to pay attention to safe distances between other vessels in the parade, it is advised to use a GPS to know the locations of your channel markers, markers are reflective and some are lighted however they can be very difficult to see. Have fun and boat safe!"

Enjoy Yourself!  

Any experience on a boat should be enjoyable, and so should the holidays.  Remember to enjoy yourself and be safe. Savor the moment; this wonderful time only comes around once a year.  

Seaspension - We Got Your Back  

Back andumbar support is an important aspect of boat safety. A smooth ride equates to one that causes less stress on your lower extremities. At Seaspension, we got your back. Our custom-made seat pedestals are meant to keep you comfortable and safe as you traverse the seas so stay safe this sea-son. For more information on us and our products, check us out at seaspension.com.

Many of us have a strong predilection towards the various upgrades we desire to enrich our quality of life. When it comes to owning a boat, the desire to outfit your vessel with the latest and greatest devices and innovations can sometimes be all-consuming. Today, we’ll help you prioritize your wish list of the hottest items to enhance your maritime experience. 
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What You Want vs What You Need 

Let’s say you go to a boat show and look at all the hot items that have come out this year or are going to be released shortly. Many of them appeal to your desires for the perfect vessel. Some might be costlier than others, and others are desires because of impulse and not a necessity. This is where the question of what you want vs. what you need comes into the equation. This is a difficult distinction to make sometimes, so we’ll go over the process in terms of what your boat might need and what you might want for your boat. 

For instance, if you use your boat for pleasure cruising. Items that increase your comfort are something you might want. That said, the most important aspect of such an activity is the mechanical reliability of your vessel when you’re water-bound for lengthy periods of time. Keeping up with maintenance and repair and ensuring that all critical systems are operating correctly should be a priority. Just as important is having the proper safety equipment onboard and having the proper knowledge of how to use it.

Once funds have been allocated towards maintenance, other items such as seating, electronics, and other amenities can be upgraded. Taking care of the basics first and carefully allocating your funds to do so will open up the possibility for more luxurious items in the future. Another important aspect of your boat that you should prioritize is the access and utilization of items that are put in place to increase health benefits. These include first-aid kits, lifejackets, and basic navigation tools that can be utilized in the event of mechanical failures. These include items such as homing beacons, signal flares, and a working VHF radio. At Seaspension, we specialize in boat seat pedestals. This upgrade constitutes safety and comfort by ensuring that your back is properly taken care of when you’re piloting your vessel. Even if you’re not someone who goes full throttle on the ocean waves, proper care of your spinal cord should always be a priority. 

Seaspension - We Got Your Back 

No matter what you might use your vessel for, taking proper care of yourself and your vessel is of the highest importance. At Seaspension, we craft seat pedestals that can ensure a smooth ride and enjoyable maritime experience. For more information on us and our products, visit us at seaspension.com.

How prepared are you to drive your boat through turbulent seas? It’s something you’re bound to encounter at some point if you enjoy the open water. Seaspension has many boating products and solutions for making rough seas more tolerable, but it also helps to know how to navigate difficult waters. 
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Tips for Navigating Turbulent Waters 

At Seaspension, we believe it is most important to be safe and enjoy your time on the water. Our pedestals help you to do just that by mitigating the shock of rough sea conditions and by protecting the captain and passengers from the jarring of pounding across the waves. Do not overestimate your abilities and take your time to develop your boating skills to remain calm and safe on the water.  

Contact us to learn more about the Seaspension difference by calling 727-216-9639.

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.

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