GILL, Mass. (WWLP) - This week's temperatures reached into the 80's and may have given you the urge to put your boat in the water. Here's what you need to know to ensure you and your family are safe and legal on the water.
22News spoke with an Environmental Police Officer Friday afternoon at the Franklin County Marina and was given a boating laws and responsibilities book. But he said even knowing the laws, don't be lured into a false sense of security.
The marina near Turners Falls is closed until May 15th because the water temperature is still much lower than the air, and in the event that your boat capsizes hypothermia could quickly set in. When the day does come when the docks are open and the buoys are set, you should be checking to make sure you have a life preserver for each person that is riding along. It's also suggested that you carry along a rope to throw out to someone if they go overboard.
One woman that lives by the Marina said she's already seen some anxious boaters.
"I've seen some people, I saw some guy kayaking a few weeks back in the dark," said Laurie Lapan from Gill. "That was nuts, but no, I wouldn't go in it. It's too cold."
If you are a kayaker in this state you are required to wear a life jacket between September 15th and May 15th.
For more information on boating safety visit the Massachusett's Environmental Police Website .