Monterey’s Cozy Cruising Tips For Winter Boating

Thu, Dec 21, 2023 at 12:22PM

Monterey’s Cozy Cruising Tips For Winter Boating

Sure, the festive season may have officially ended with a triumphant “Happy New Year!” but the cold weather is here to stay for a few more months. Of course, if you plan to hit the water on your Monterey Boat anyway, you’re not alone!

Winter boating can be a magical experience — delivering serene waterways, fewer crowds, and stunning landscapes you might miss out in the splashy thrills of summer.

Of course, staying warm is key to enjoying these chilly outings — not just for your safety but for your overall comfort, too! Just read on as we share a few of our favorite ways to feel cozier on your winter travels.  

Layer Up

Layering is your best defense against the cold. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep sweat at bay, add an insulating layer like fleece for warmth, and finish with a waterproof and windproof outer layer. Don't forget your extremities — a warm hat, gloves, and thermal socks are essential. When it comes to winter boating, you’ll thank yourself for the extra wardrobe time!

High-Tech Gear

You can also invest in high-tech clothing designed for cold weather. Today more than ever, optins abound — such as thermal gear with battery-powered heating elements, which can be a real game-changer. You can look for jackets, vests, and even gloves that come with built-in heating. These items provide adjustable warmth and are specifically designed for outdoor activities, ensuring you stay warm without the bulk.

Warm Footwear

Your feet are crucial to keep warm, as they can affect your overall body temperature. Opt for waterproof, insulated boots that provide both warmth and grip for exploring new terrain — from pebble-filled beaches to charming coastal towns that look extra cozy this time of year. If your feet are cold, you'll be cold — so invest wisely in your footwear!

Hot Drinks & Snacks

There’s nothing like a hot drink to warm you from the inside out. Equip your boat with a thermos filled with hot coffee, tea, or cocoa. Also, energy-rich snacks like nuts, energy bars, or even a hearty soup can provide the extra sustenance your body needs to generate heat. A warm belly equals a warm body!

Wind Protection

The wind can significantly lower your body temperature. Depending on your Monterey model, you can head inside your cabin for comfort or surround yourself with temporary windbreaks or canopies.

Activity Breaks

Staying active helps to boost circulation and generate body heat. Take breaks to move around the boat, stretch, or do a quick set of exercises. This can be especially helpful for long periods of reduced activity, like fishing or watching the scenery.

Of course, when temperatures dip too low, you might feel less like moving and more like curling up at home — and there’s nothing wrong with doing just that! Winter is unpredictable, and it’s totally OK to change your itinerary accordingly.

Portable Heaters

Miniature portable heaters can be a great addition to your winter gear lineup — ranging from basics, like hand warmers, to personal battery-powered heaters that will make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a cozy campfire at sea. Always check that your heater of choice is specifically cleared for boat use, and follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines to prevent any hazards on board.

Stay Dry

When it comes to staying warm, staying dry is half the battle. Wet clothing can quickly turn a pleasant day on the water uncomfortably chilly — so be sure to wear waterproof gear for your winter outing and bring a change of clothes, too, just in case. (Fortunately, your Monterey Boat has plenty of storage to work with for keeping it out of splashes’ way!) As always, keep an eye on the weather and be prepared for unexpected precipitation, which can make things even colder.

Boating at this time of year might be chilly — but with the right preparation and gear, you’ll be feeling warm and cozy in no time. Bundle up, cruise on, and enjoy the unique charms of winter on the water!

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