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4 Jul 2017
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Island Insider Tips

Fun on the water and luxury beach house rentals SC just go hand in hand. All our SC vacation rentals are near water of many kinds  -  the ocean, rivers, lakes and tidal creeks to boot. Most of our beach rentals Charleston are just steps from the Atlantic, and chances are the folks in your luxury house on Isle of Palms are going to go for a swim. As fun as coming to a Charleston beach house is, it’s also crucial to make sure you and your loved ones are safe. Rip currents are a very real danger in any coastal area, as I covered in this recent BLOG. In June a 15-year-old drowned on Fripp Island, in what they think was a rip current/undertow.  At least four people died off the coast of North Carolina due to rip currents.  Over 100 people die each year in the U.S. from them.  In contrast: no one has died from a shark bite in the continental U.S. since 2012.  Rip tides are a serious concern. Bo Peterson of The Post and Courier just did this good article about rip currents that’s worth a read.

Stay safe in/on the water near our luxury beach house rentals SC

Stay safe in/on the water near our luxury beach house rentals SC

Boat safety near our luxury beach house rentals SC

If you’re in a beach house Charleston, a really fun thing to do is to go boating.  We can hook you up with a great charter, boat rental if you’d prefer, or you could catch a lift on the vessel of a friend.  Lowcountry folks are notoriously generous with their watercraft. There’s a terrific marina at the base of 41st Avenue, not far from any of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals. Again, water safety is an important thing to consider. The Post & Courier just published another informative piece to encourage folks to stay safe while boating. It outlines good safety tips as suggested by the Charleston County Fire Department’s Marine Team to follow during this busy holiday season, or any time you’re on the water.

Tips to stay safe in a boat near our luxury beach house rentals SC

  • Understand tides and know the navigable waters. This will save you from a miserable day.
  • Learn what the navigational aids are and what they mean.
  • Know your commercial assistance and towing companies in the area (how to contact them and when they are needed).
  • Know the "rules of the road" on the water.
  • Maintain a working GPS on board. A great navigation app for your phone or tablet is called Navionics. It's an inexpensive alternative for a navigational aide. It's user friendly and will help the inexperienced boater learn the waterways.
  • Install and maintain a Coast Guard-approved marine fire extinguisher, a distress signaling device, personal flotation device for each member on your vessel, and a throwable flotation device.
  • Make sure you carry a phone on board and a means to charge the phone.
  • Learn how to read longitude and latitude. When in distress, rescue resources can't find you if you don't know where you are.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) can be a silent killer on houseboats and other recreational vessels. CO can collect within a boat due to exhaust leaks and poor ventilation.
  • Dangerous concentrations of CO can accumulate when a boat, generator or other fueled device is operated while the boat is at a pier, near a seawall, or alongside another boat.

You can read the full story here. So y’all have fun AND stay safe on the water.  And remember, when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina, namely beach house rentals Charleston SC, to call Exclusive Properties.  Our Isle of Palms luxury rentals are the best around. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger