Just in time for the summer's biggest holiday, Florida By Water is releasing its 2012 list of places to view fireworks from your boat.
So far, the website features more than 50 locations submitted by local Chambers of Commerce and Tourism & Visitors bureaus from across the Sunshine State.
Florida is one of the few states that offers this many elaborate displays over water, allowing spectators to view the celebration from the comfort of their boat and making for the perfect holiday outing.
There are, however, a few things you should keep in mind before venturing out for an evening on the water. Rusty Gardner, founder of Florida By Water, reminds us that although this can be a great boating experience, safety must always come first. He offers up a few suggestions:
- Make sure that all of your navigation lights are working. It is imperative that other boaters are able to see you in the dark.
- It is very helpful to have a chart plotter or other navigation device on board when navigating at night. Slow speeds are always better in these conditions and an extra lookout can be invaluable.
- Make sure that you have all of the required safety equipment on board and always wear your life jacket!
- Never drink and boat. As the captain you are responsible for the safety of everyone on your vessel. With so many boats on the water, the 4th of July is not a time to take risks.
- Be patient. Boat ramps and waterways will be congested after the fireworks. Hang around for a few extra minutes after the display and let the crowds clear out before you head home.