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Make sure you speak to the place where you get your boat and fishing tackle rentals out on Lake Winnipesaukee about night time use for boat rentals in Wolfeboro before you take a boat out on the water after sundown. That being said, the tips provided here are only for advanced boaters who have some experience operating boats, those who are familiar with the local region and can navigate well day or night, and individuals who have taken the New Hampshire Boater Safety Course. Certain challenges occur during nighttime use of a boat out on the lake, that must be considered.
According to the Experts
If you look at the Boater Safety Course for advice, it does state that when operating a boat at night, slower speeds and a careful watch for other vessels is suggested. The lights that are displayed by the other boats out on the water will let you know if they are power boats or sailboats, as well as which direction they are going. If you take the Boater Safety Course in person, you will gain much more insight into this option for enjoying a boat out on the water than you would from merely reading about it in the online course. You can also ask questions and get answers face-to-face with the instructor.
The best piece of advice in the Boater Safety Course is that you should never assume that the other boats have their lights working properly. Your best bet is never to assume this and, as a result, always plan and give yourself plenty of time and distance, so you will be able to give way if needed. Even if the other boat’s lights are used to indicate that you are the “stand-on” boat, you should still be ready to give way, depending on the situation. Of course, a beautiful full moon night under clear skies is extra fun out on the water for everyone, making it much easier to see another boater and enjoy exploring out on the lake.
Visit the NH Hole in the Wall – If you need boat rentals in Wolfeboro, visit the Hole in the Wall. If you need fishing tackle rentals, live bait, salmon lures and flys, custom rods and reels or even equipment for ice fishing in Wolfeboro, make sure to stop by the Hole in the Wall. We’ve got everything you need for all-season fishing, including multi-sport licensing for your New Hampshire vacation. We are open year-round and sell some of our items online through our website. Sporting goods, rainy day activities, and much more.
Best Tips for Nighttime Boating
If you want to get out on the water, there are a few things you should know. Whatever you do, don’t go out at night for the first time on a night when it is extremely crowded, such as the Fourth of July or during a boating festival. Learn the route that you want to take during the day, remembering that many of the landmarks that you will use will “disappear” at night. Start with a trip just after sunset so you can learn how to navigate between the light and the dark, or go during a full moon when it is much easier to see. Spotlights are important, but should only be used occasionally to confirm markers. For safety, each passenger on board should have a small waterproof flashlight, so they can be located if they fall overboard.
Have a plan of where you want to go and make sure that someone on shore knows where you are going and when you should be back. Dress for the weather and bring some emergency gear, warmer clothing, and blankets, as well as anything else you might need. Inspect your boat ahead of any night trip – even boat rentals in Wolfeboro – to make sure that you have everything you need to stay safe, including life jackets for all passengers, flares, fire extinguishers, waterproof flashlights, a radio, a horn, that spotlight, and lots of fuel. Start slow and stay slow – this isn’t a race. Speed is typically a factor in nighttime accidents. Watch out for other vessels and stay alert, not allowing yourself to get distracted or drunk.
Enjoy Your Visit
Above all else, day or night and rain or shine, make sure to enjoy your visit to New Hampshire. There is so much to see and do here, so much water and land to explore. Keep safety first for you and your passengers when using boat rentals in Wolfeboro and learn the rules of fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee, whether it is bass fishing in the middle of summer or wintertime ice fishing in Wolfeboro. Take advantage of opportunities to try new things. Use fishing tackle rentals or bring your own gear, but check out the local offerings of live bait, salmon lures, and flys. If you collect lures and flies, stop by the NH Hole in the Wall to see what’s available. We tend to use different lures than folks in other parts of the country.
Rent a Boat at the NH Hole in the Wall
If you are planning a trip to Lake Winnipesaukee, give us a call to see about reserving boat rentals in Wolfeboro in advance. Depending on the time of year that you are visiting, they will fill up fast. Call 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) and ask about our canoe, rowboat, kayak, and power boat rentals. Our team can help you choose the best vessel for your needs and share details with you about requirements for the Boater Safety Course in New Hampshire.