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Experts offer boaters advice for storm season

A day on the open water might be the perfect antidote to a hot summer day, but experts said boaters should start preparations now to gear up for summer storm season.

Boaters should take precautions during hurricane season to avoid harm or damage to their vessel. And when a storm is brewing, boaters should seek shelter in a safe place.

“Obviously, we recommend that everyone have a plan,” Lt. Mark Cherney of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s marine and aviation bureaus, told the Naples Daily News. “It is not our recommendation to ride out the storm (on a boat).”

Boaters also should use this time to start calling around to mooring fields or dry docks to see if there is space available if a storm comes through. Don’t wait until the last minute, because you could be out of luck.

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