Boating Tips: Proper Sun Protection

Welcome to Boating Tips with MarineMax! Sun protection is no joke, it is an important part of being on the water. Captains Keith and Nick have the details. Ask your questions, make comments, and learn a thing or two about your favorite outdoor activity.

Consequences of Prolonged Sun Exposure

Everyone loves getting a good tan and feeling the warm sun on their skin, it’s a fun and enjoyable part of the boating experience. However, it is possible to have too much sun. Too much sun can cause painful sunburns, sun poisoning, and over a period of years, even skin cancer. 


Luckily, there are a few easy ways to protect yourself from the suns’s harmful rays.
  • Hats: A hat will help to keep the sun off your face and neck (size depending)
  • Sunglasses: Your eyes are just as susceptible to damage as the rest of your body, a good pair of polarized sunglasses will protect your eyes. Most MarineMax locations offer a good selection of sunglasses that will serve you well. 
  • Long Sleeve Shirt: There are tons of companies that make comfortable, light weight shirts that are meant to protect your from the sun while still being breathable and hassle free
  • Sunscreen: Be sure to use a high SPF sunscreen and re-apply often! This can make a huge difference. Note*: Some sunscreens can stain vinyl seating, be sure to sit on a towel after application 
  • Discretion: Remember, a bit of personal responsibility and attentiveness can go a long way as well. Regular reapplication of sunscreen, be conscious of time spent in the sun and ensuring you’re covered will go a long way to helping keep you safe. 

 In Conclusion

Remember, while Florida may be the “Sunshine State '', this is not Florida specific advice, this applies to a day on the water everywhere from Texas to the Midwest and beyond. If you’ve had enough sun for the day or simply want a break, seeking shelter below deck in a cabin or under a covered area can be a smart choice. Here at MarineMax we offer plenty of vessels that give you that exact option! We’ll see you out there.  
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