Boaters: Prep for Harsh Winter

October 11th, 2013 | Posted by jennifer in Boating & Fishing News

Boaters:

Prep for Harsh Winter

It’s impossible to predict exactly what the winter weather will bring to your part of the world, but Ironwood Pacific Outdoors has consulted a tried-and-true source for information about the 2013-14 forecast. The Farmers’ Almanac has been predicting weather patterns every year since 1818. The Almanac has long been a trusted source for long-range weather predictions (for both the US and Canada), and a publisher of articles, calendars, and information on everything, from the best days to fish to when to take vacations.

Harsh Winter Ahead for Boaters

Harsh Winter Ahead for Boaters

Farmers’ Almanac Long Range Forecast

This year, the Almanac says better be prepared because most of the U.S. will experience frigid temps. In fact, the Almanac’s prediction is that 2/3 of the U.S. will have a frigid winter.  The 2014 Long Range Winter Forecast on the Almanac’s website states:

Significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, we are “red-flagging” the first ten days of February for possible heavy winter weather.

The only exception to the cooling trend is the Pacific Northwest, which may experience less rain.

Boating Supplies for Winterizing

For those of you with boats, this could be an alarm bell to get better prepared. Whether you are planning a winter fishing trip or need to get your boat cover up to speed by repairing it, then it’s good to know what you are up against.

Ironwood Pacific sells a few tools that may come in handy for your boat or camper. The IPO easy-to-use canvas snap tools are designed to help you maintain and replace the snaps on your boat canvas — virtually eliminating the need to go to your local canvas shop for repairs. While the canvas snap tools are designed to hold up to tough marine conditions, they are also helpful for campers with pop-up tent trailers, as well as people using canvas and vinyl covers for pick-up beds and storage trailer. The tools can be indispensable.

Canvas Care for Boaters

Canvas Care for Boaters

Fishing Predictions

You may also want to check the Almanac’s fishing calendar and tidal charts to plan your fall and winter outings. Obviously, there’s nothing more accurate than hitting the water when the fish are biting, but any kind of tool that may give you a leg up in your boating and fishing excursions can add confidence to your cast.

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