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Practice Safe Boating During The Eclipse

August 17, 2017
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SOUTHOLD, NY – Parts of the United States will be treated to the largest astronomical event in history on August 21, 2017, The Solar Eclipse. For a period of time, parts of the United States will be in the dark, and other parts in a dusk-like light in the middle of the day.

Eclipse by NASA
Total Eclipse NASA

With this in mind, Sea Tow is bringing awareness to the fact that some boaters might find themselves on the water in an unfamiliar situation, similar to night. The company is providing the following tips to help boaters enjoy the solar eclipse and stay safe on the water.

If intending on watching the eclipse from your boat, ensure you have proper eyewear by purchasing solar eclipse glasses. Without proper eye protection, you can harm or burn your retinas causing permanent damage.

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Research what time the eclipse will occur in your specific area and head out onto the water well before the eclipse will occur. You don’t want to miss it because you’re busy finding the perfect spot to anchor.

Be prepared, get anchored and settled. The eclipse could last anywhere from three to six minutes.

Make sure navigation lights work properly in case other boats are near you.

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Consider carrying a spotlight in case a boat is headed in your direction and doesn’t see you.

Have lifejackets available and in reach for all passengers.

Wear sunscreen. Before and after the eclipse, you’ll still be in direct sunlight.

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The last time the United States saw a total eclipse was in 1978 but the weather was cloudy; therefore, most could not actually see the phenomenon. You don’t want to miss it because the U.S. will not witness another eclipse until 2024.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking all or part of the sun. Only the 14 states in the path of totality will be able to see the total solar eclipse. The rest of the states will witness a partial solar eclipse. No matter where you are, a great way to view the eclipse is from your boat with the proper eye protection. Follow the tips below to safely enjoy this fascinating event from your favorite spot on the water.

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