Ready to hit the water this summer? It’s the most beautiful time of year on the Crystal Coast as locals and visitors take to the water to fish, tube, or just drop anchor and lounge at one of our many sand islands. However due to the popularity of our area, coupled with our pristine boating waters, it’s crucial that all boaters make themselves aware of these boating essentials before leaving the dock. Here’s a checklist to keep handy to help ensure you have what’s needed for a safe and fun adventure on the water.
Boating can be a lot of fun; however, it requires knowledge and awareness to avoid getting into sticky situations with potentially dire consequences. If you’re a novice boater who’s eager to get out there, take the time to educate yourself with our waters, tide changes, boating laws and etiquette. Unfortunately, if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing on the water it’s easy to get into a situation where someone could get hurt or you could do a good deal of expensive damage to your boat. Once again, familiarize yourself with our coastal waters before leaving your boat slip, stay familiar with the tides and be aware of potential storms that could arise (the South is famous for afternoon thunderstorms) and be on the lookout for sea creatures who often occupy our waters during the warmer months, including jellyfish and man o’ war.
Here at Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina, we want you to enjoy the beautiful waters along the Crystal Coast. Take a day trip over to Shackleford Banks where you’ll see the wild ponies roam free or take your boat to Cape Lookout where you can visit the famed lighthouse along the picturesque shoreline. The opportunities are endless from Historic Beaufort down to Emerald Isle with a stop back in Morehead City before you dock for the night. Have fun, be safe and enjoy your days spent boating on the Crystal Coast.
Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina serves boaters in Carteret County, Beaufort, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and the entire Crystal Coast. Contact us today to learn more about our leasing options.