Being at sea far from land with nothing to view but sparkling water and breathtaking scenery is exhilarating, but stormy weather can put a quick end to a relaxing day at sea. It’s important to keep a close watch on weather conditions and take precautions for your safety. Sea Tow offers nine storm preparation tips for boaters in case the sky darkens and the waters get rough.

Store the boat’s important documents, including your marine insurance policy, in a secure place off the vessel.

Remove all detachable items from your boat, such as canvas, sails, cushions, fishing rigging, portable electronics and antennas. Lash down everything that you cannot remove, including booms, tillers, wheels, etc.

Make an inventory, preferably by video, of all valuable fixed items that remain onboard, like chart plotters and other marine electronics.

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Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.