Staying warm while boating after Labor Day

Here in the northwest, a little rain will rarely stop us from doing what we want to do. Those living in north Idaho know that the weather can change almost instantly, so we seize the opportunity to be outside whenever we can, and just prepare for the worst.

Boating after Labor Day can be challenging. On Lake Coeur d’Alene and in the northwest, the bright, 80-and-90-degree days of summer fade away quickly. Instead, the autumn weather has a slight chill. However, September often has many sunny days, perfect for exploring some of your favorite places on the lake a few more times before winter.

So how do northwest boaters stay warm in those last nice days? Or, how should you prepare for the inevitable bad weather days that come up quickly?

  • Layer upBring many layers when you go out boating — tee-shirts, sweaters, shorts, pants and hats. When the sun comes out, you may be warm enough to lounge in shorts, but once the crisp wind whips up as the boat motor starts, you’ll want a few extra layers.
  • Wet and drysuitsIf you’re in a boat that splashes water or planning to participate in water sports, consider using a wetsuit or drysuit to stay warm.
  • Heated blanketGoing for an evening cruise? Hagadone Marine Group offers heated blankets for sale perfect for lounging beneath the beautiful northwest sunset.