A Super Moon Means Super Tides

A Super Moon Means Super Tides

This month’s supermoon will create super tides, so make sure you adjust your dock lines accordingly if you tie up at a fixed dock. I guarantee some neglected boats will either get pulled under water, or be left hanging by dock lines that have not been slacked off.

Boat Caught Under Dock

Boat Caught Under Dock

Big tides can wreak havoc with boats tied to fixed docks, if the lines aren't tended and/or adjusted.Kevin Falvey

Additionally, this supermoon--the full moon occurring Sunday, September 27--also combines with a lunar eclipse. This is an awesome astronomical event, and out on your boat is one of the best places from which to view an eclipse ( or other astronomical event). Away from the glare of lights ashore, and with the eclipsed moon reflecting on the water, boaters can treat themselves to an experience others cannot.

So there you have it, two reasons to visit your boat this weekend!

Takeaway Following extra high tides, be especially watchful for flotsam. The high water reaches far up shorelines and can set much debris and driftwood afloat.