Summer means time for boating

Now that the lakes are full once again, many of you will be getting your boats ready to take out on the water. Some of the things you should do before heading out to the lake are:

1. Examine the boat carefully. Make sure to look at the surface, check the prop and check the engine. You also might want to check the battery before you go to the lake.

2. Take inventory. Check to make sure all the life jackets still fit everyone and they are still in good condition. Also check your fire extinguisher and your horn to make sure they are in good working order.

3. Keep it legal. Make sure your boat registration is up to date (including hull identification decals).

4. Trailer. Make sure the registration is up to date, the tires are properly inflated, and the lights are all working properly.

5. Make sure to check your drain plug.

Anyone born on or after September 1, 1993 must complete a Boater Education course to operate a PWC or a boat with a horsepower rating of more than 15 hp. For more information on a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department approved boaters course go to

Also, before you put your boat in the water, call Mike and discuss your insurance policy. There are many affordable options available. Like total loss replacement, fishing equipment replacement cost, 24 hour roadside assistance, on water towing and even medical payments coverage. Make sure you have the right coverage to protect yourself, your boat and those around before you put your boat in the water.