Brunelle’s Marina getting ready for boating season

Hampshire County

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s now the middle of May and we’ve been enjoying some bright and warmer weather recently.

At Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley, they’ve started putting the docks in the water and they hope to have them all in by the middle or end of next week. They plan to be open for business by the end of the month.

“We always set a goal for Memorial Day Weekend, so the end of May this year. It’s not a week early so it’s kind of good so that’s our goal if we have weather like this we’ll be a week or so ahead,” said Luke Brunelle of Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley.

A beautiful view of the water, blue skies, and more freedom, following the CDC’s announcement that vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask.

“I’m definitely excited that things are getting back to normal,” said Shavelle Boire of Pittsfield.

There are some important things you need to know before you put that boat in the water.

“Check your lights, check your pumps, make sure the horn works, make sure all your safety gear is on your boat, the simple stuff. The drain plug when you got to launch it, make sure it’s in,” said Luke Brunelle.

You should also make sure you have life jackets on board too. Luke Brunelle says right now the river is in pretty good shape but the water is still very cold and the current is still pretty strong.

Massachusetts still has its mask mandate in place, but Governor Charlie Baker hinted that it may be relaxed beginning next week. But, it’s not just about taking off the mask, it’s everything that comes with it, that everyone had to give up during the pandemic.

“Things come back, businesses come back, people feel alive again… help the economy,” said Brett Marceau of Northborough.

Many people launched their boats for the 2021 season, while also grabbing a bite to eat at the boathouse, ready to get back to pre-pandemic life, while staying cautiously optimistic.

“To be safe, I think I’ll continue to wear my mask for a while… glad we’re getting back to normal, but let’s not get stupid… and you know still be safe,” Boire added.

Face coverings are still required in indoor public places in Massachusetts. But again, that could change next week.

22News did spot some people already out on the Connecticut River doing some fishing. If you plan to put your boat out now, you should also be on the lookout for debris that might be in the river.

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