Sun and Skin Protection Tips for Boaters

Sun and Skin Protection Tips for Boaters

Prevent Sun Overexposure and Protect your Skin from UV Rays

One of the most important factors to a great experience on your fishing boat or small luxury yacht is fully preparing for the sun’s UV rays. With prime boating hours between 10AM and 3PM, you put yourself at risk for the highest amount of sun exposure. Even when it’s cloudy or foggy, 80% of harmful UV rays will reach your skin. Avoiding overexposure will help you keep that pleasant glow while preventing burns, premature aging, eye damage, and worse: skin cancer.

There are two types of harmful rays that reach the Earth:

  • Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays which damage skin, causing age spots and wrinkles.
  • Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays which primarily causes sunburn.

As a boater, you need to be equally cautious against reflected rays as you are of the direct rays from the sun. It is said that 10% of the sun’s radiation will reflect from your boat and another 10% is reflected by the water.

Put up a good defense against harmful UVA and UVB rays by following these tips:

Use Broad Spectrum Protective Lotion:

A good quality lotion protects your skin by absorbing and reflecting both UVA and UVB radiation. There is a difference between sunscreen and sunblock. If you want protection immediately, choose the “block” because it’s particles act as a wall against UV rays. “Sunscreen” needs to be applied 15-30 minutes before sun exposure, and that contains chemicals which absorb the UV rays before they damage the skin.

There are multiple formulas of sunscreen which differentiate the time frame that its protective properties last:
Waterproof Formulas after being in the water will last up to 80 minutes.
Water Resistant Formulas after being in the water will last up to 40 minutes.
Sweat Resistant Formulas will only last up to 30 minutes if you experience heavy sweating.

In short, be sure to reapply lotion with an SPF of 30 or higher every two hours, or after being in the water for an extended period of time.

Fight Fashionably:

Proper sun protection goes beyond applying sunscreen. Wear wide brimmed hats, tightly-woven, loose-fitting clothing, and polarized 100% UV protective sunglasses for extra coverage.

Edgewater Performance Tee Shirt

EdgeWater’s long sleeve performance tee is moisture wicking and will also help keep you covered.

EdgeWater Hat

EdgeWater’s Dry Zone Cap is quick drying and breathable and will help keep the sun off your skin.

Take Shade Breaks:

If you are going to be out in the sun for the whole day, be sure to give your skin a shady breather. Whether it’s under an umbrella or the canvas on your boat, check the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF).

Fabric valued from 15 and 20 provide 93.3% - 95.8% blockage of UV rays.
Fabric between 25, 30, and 35 offer 96.0% - 97.4% blockage of UV rays.
And fabric ranging from 40 to 50+ blocks 97.5% - 98.0% of UV rays.

Enjoy life on the water, but take the time to protect yourself and family members from the risks of sun exposure. It is critical to properly care for children because 80% of skin damage caused by the sun occurs before the age of 18! By following these few simple tips, you can be “sun smart” and burn free!