Great Lakes Angler Blog

What's Will Happen to Boaters Over July 4th? BoatUS Knows...

Monday, July 02, 2012
Share |

ALEXANDRIA, VA – For recreational boaters, being on the water for the July 4th holiday is akin to driving to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving. Waterways are jammed, launch ramps are mayhem, and getting home after the fireworks end can feel like a California freeway at rush hour - except there are no breakdown lanes. The folks at Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) have seen it all before, and have these three tips on how to overcome the challenges of boating's busiest day of the year:

Take care of the little things now: With July 4th occurring mid-week this year, more boaters are expected to take the week off. This likely means more use - and wear and tear on the boat. Some boats may have been recently launched and simply not up to snuff yet. Regardless, now is the time to address the things that still need fixing - with extra attention paid to the electrical (battery, charging system, navigation lights) and the fuel system (fuel lines, fresh gas). With boat trailers, check tires for wear, bearings for grease, and ensure all lights work.

The Christmas tree light effect: Each year after the fireworks shows end and boaters head home, the telephone switchboard at the BoatUS Towing Service 24/7 Dispatch Center lights up like a Christmas tree with hundreds of simultaneous requests for on-the-water assistance from across the country. What's the best way to prevent from having to call BoatUS Towing Services? Don't run down the battery playing music all day and be careful to avoid anchor line entanglements. On the way home, post extra lookouts, don't take shortcuts, and be patient at the launch ramp. Powerboats need to watch their wakes. With nightfall, the chance of accidents increases, so it's a good idea to have everyone in life jackets. If you're concerned about getting on-the-water or roadside assistance for a broken down boat trailer or tow vehicle, check out

The extra guest factor: For the holiday, many boating guests are likely to be kids, but some vessels won't have the right-sized life jacket aboard. Boaters can borrow a kid's life jacket at no cost at over 500 locations by going to Also, smaller boats are prone to overloading, leaving just a precious few inches of freeboard to prevent wakes and waves from coming aboard. Extra guests also likely means a good party - it is America's birthday, after all, so celebrate! Just be sure alcohol doesn't become a safety issue. Waiting to drink until you safely get back home ensures everyone will have a good time.  



GlAngler Subscription

Recent Posts


Bass Pro Shops Gift Card Slender Spoon EZ BoatPort Angler Bristol Bay exotic species Lund Shock Wave Dunkirk, NY Tracker Marine Legend Gold SeaLife Cameras Smart Guide Publications Bob Schmidt Ranger Boats Holland New Lures Boat US Soo Locks spoon Wisconsin jigs Skamania Mania eZSplice Lighting Corey Schmidt TRAC Michigan Kindle book Grunden's weather Big Bear Products Weather Buoy Lights Wind Power Soul5 Tackle Labs Aluminum Deep V Series Swanson-Russell dock lines Global Spectrum Sun protection Quantum Costa Sunglasses Airmar Whale Pumps Great Lakes Troller Honda Knives LCWCC Trout Unlimited EVOLVE FISHING CO Tools Manistee Niagara Falls Sport Shows Traditions Fish Hawk XD4 ATV Topwater Ultimate Flannel Shirts InvisaSnap Shoremaster Lock Tight Lines Jewelry Foul weather gear Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series Sheldon's ice fishing, Bro Show, Traditions Media SOG Lund Boats Berkley Knife sharpening Ravenswood Media WeatherStation boat rental Kayaks Seakeeper gyro spreader light Salmon Unlimited of Illinois Alabama Rig Angler 175T Extended Warranty Martin-Flory Frigibar Lake Erie Serious Shine Keep Kool Green Bay, Wisconsin Ice Fishing tree stand injury Triton Boats Gene Larew Silver Horde Ranger Navigation Wedding Ring Sportsman's rights cruzin Wildlife Forever Dollahon Gear Olcott, NY Traxstech Autotether University of Buffalo Jack Links Bad Elf Gary Dollahon Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing ABT Line Goby Bheestie Bag Safe boating Hunting Aquatic AV Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Swim Whizz Plano Synergy redfish Bro Brosdahl Glacier Glove YUM Black Earth Creek Streams HELLA Marine Radio Synergy Outdoors NMEA Boat names Air show ONIX Endura Slide Moor Optima WileyX Bibs Yamaha ATV Okuma Patrick Hurst Dave Mull Tournaments iPhone Hobie River Fishing great lakes GPS for Lightning Connector BoatUS Angler EZ Dock Andrew Semprevivo Z-Man Bait head Fiberglass tiller Contest mudsnail Camera mount LakeMaster Western States Version B.A.S.S. Turning Point Props spinning rod YUMphibian USCGA Rough Weather Bass Pro Shops Four-Person Dome Tent with Screen Porch Radial FLW Evolve OHIO Iaconelli Telescoping JIggler Long Rod USO Yamaha Line Recycle Bin Barry Brown Marine Clam Cabela's Rubrail Rovermax LR 100 Scholarship LineGrabber Jeff Wenzel Trade Shows Ryan Kleckner Wounded Warriors SeaEra QC Chicago barrier Speakers Boating safety Humminbird Cliff Pace VMC hardbaits Gull Lake Marine F-Series Storm Gear Steve Wood Youth Marine Speakers Dogs Brian Brosdahl Betsy Gunnison, CO MATE USA PRADCO Boats Moisture Muncher Oculus Side Imaging Walleye tournament Tides Army Corp of Engineers Up Stream Hydration Back Pack CMP Global DSC Spencer Yachts PLB South Haven, Michigan USCG 360 Audio Bait Holder Michigan DNR Bethel University Minn Kota Pro Polish Deep Sea Diver Matt Straw Boat Covers Boat lifts Chaco Lake Huron Side Thruster Lake Assault Prosepec Electronics South Haven Size limits iPilot Link Flat Slider 75 Chronglobal Batteries Fuel The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls Kurt Mazurek Port of Indiana TRAC Ecological Acme Skarlis Asian carp Hobie Pro Angler Shoes MUSHING Contaminants Fishing Walleyes Jerky PulseTech KVD Michigan City, Indiana Power Shelter Mustad USSA BOLT Padlock Gravity Innovative Outdoors Bristol Bay Salmon Boat maintenance Tip-Up 1675 Pro Guide Bug repellent St. Croix Rods Todd Sokolow Ultracoat marlin Catch & Cook Accon Marine Wild River series Multi-species Ryan Wilson On board Mark Chmura Mag Light ShowSpan Ice Features Rods Salmon Beckson JBL Homeport Marine Marketing Oakley Sunglasses Storage Swim bait Boating Rapala National Guard Muscle Squared 65 Crankbait Net treestand injury LineSnubber Multitools Dave Mull Blog Soft Jigwobbler exotic invader Green Bay Games CUSTOM JIGS 'N' SPINS Milennia MIL-iDock Electronics splice Husky Jerk Downriggers Tournament Dave Genz Brandon Newby Delorme Plano Lake Superior iPad Indiana DNR Evinrude Onyx John E. Phillips NAIFC Championship Volvo Penta Lures Marcum Grady-White Accessories Snow-Shoe Tip-Up McMurdo Insurance Kill switch Raritan Church Tackle Bass Pro AKOYA Fiberglass boat Home Port Marine Marketing Balog Sunglasses Launch ramp Jeff's Tackle Shop IGFA Normark Izaak Walton League Ethanol The Harry Lure bimini top DuraSafe Spreads Northwest Indiana Steelheaders GPS Speedometer BASSMASTER CLASSIC Brite Wash Uncle Norm's Muskie Lure Fort Wayne, Indiana U.S.S.A. Tommy Skarlis Nautical Rig'N Tails Tim Popfinger Princecraft Swedish FireKnife Smartfind S20 Personal AIS Beacon Scott Martin Tom Neustrom Ditch Titan Chain toilet Ditty bag Pop-Up LED Bowlights Frabill News/Social Ascend Apps Mark Zona Traditions Media Sphaera Bass lure Reef Runner Mr. Twister Orca Fin System Costa Del Mar Gary Giudice Ranger VS1780 Northland FRIDAY FUNNIES Tackle Bag Owners tournament Headgear Alaska Mack's Lure Catfish Aqua-Vu New Zealand News Marine Lighting Thermacell Macho Minnow Lowrance Safety Buff STRATTEC WFN Oshkosh Rescue BASSMASTER Technology Marine NewsWire Stabenow Lakemaster Jeff Gustafson Records Walleye Conservation Radio Interlux Sunstream Boat Lifts BoatUS binoculars Plano Tackle Boxes Whale Magnum Flow-Troll Blue Collar Outdoors Aqua Vu Monel Metal Hevi-Beads ABT X-2 Countdown Shipping Larson Electronics Lake Michigan Black Velvet Gill NA Practical Sailor Rushton Gregory Reese One-Handle-Does-It-All System Cannon Alaskan Earth Day tackle storage Matt Serbenski ASA Pharmaceuticals Bait Rigs Rain suit AmVets Invasive species DuraSafe Electronics Lock Jonathon VanDam Odd'ball Fin Spin Brown trout iPilot RedHead Bass Pro Shops Clay Dyer Bug bite relief Baitcast Fishing Pole BBQ Lighter Bass ODNR Forage Minnow clubs Lead Venice, Louisiana Coast Guard Marsh Madness Aqualuma Rippin' Lips Mosquito repellent Davis Instruments Team Aqua-Vu Torpedo Divers LOTSA Rugged Shark EZ Splice Fasteners Hamlin Tyee Rain gear Wake Fishing Mike Seymour Sharpeners Lake Ontario Glorvigen Mazurek Mack's Lures Whistler Spoon Footwear RAT FINKEE Insect repellent inReach Vick Chargers Fish America Foundation JVD Shurhold Faria CLASSIC Promise Keeper St. Croix Video New York Chatterbait Strike King Rippin Lips Costa Legend Extreme Lake trout Fishing Clubs Kayak blue marlin Tournament Grade Circle Hooks Kevin VanDam Custom Jigs & Spins