Expect a safe experience
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t address what is a very real concern when going fishing on a boat with friends and family.
Because we are in a boat most of, if not the entire day, social distancing as we know it isn’t as easily practiced. We have a little more aware when on the water. We have to be extra conscientious.
Although staying more than 6′ apart on the boat can be limiting at times, I encourage guests to take a test for Covid-19 prior to spending a day or three on the river or lake. If we are all knowingly negative, we can be that much more confident. I’m not going to ask about it. It’s just a suggestion.
My boat is sanitized daily with an Isopropyl Alcohol based solution. Each compartment, the floor and sides are carefully sprayed and wiped down daily. I do provide hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Dispensers are easily accessible. I have soap, paper towels, disinfectant wipes.
Masks are not mandatory once you are in my boat, out on the water.
When we are fishing, we are facing away from each other, out to the water. Feel free to ditch the mask for extended periods of the day.
I wear a mask throughout the day while talking and helping. But I also make sure my mask is clean.
I have disposable 3-layer procedural or surgical masks available in the event you forget yours. I prefer the use of 3-Ply disposable masks. They are light, easy to dispose of and are purposed to capture droplets exiting the mouth. I don’t mind if you prefer a scarf or any other type of face covering. Please do not leave your face covering unattended. Should you choose to wear a mask, please bring 4 or more new masks with you so you can change to a clean mask throughout the day. Fishing and talking leads to a saturated mask that isn’t exactly sanitary. Please have clean masks ready to use. I keep a bio-hazard container for old, used masks. You can expect to dispose of your masks while on the boat or at the end of the day.
Please consider: I feel that because we are close together in a boat, a mask may not be a wise use-case because we are talking, engaging, drinking, eating, laughing in a container we can’t leave. It’s not like the restaurant. Masks can’t be left on seats, the floor. They must be worn to be effective and because we are fishing, often in warm temperatures, the mask tends to become a viral vector as you and I drink water, put sun block on, eat, talk and carry on. The mask becomes through out the day a personal hygiene issue separate from the social distancing concept. They become nasty.
We are outside, in the sun and sunlight does reduce the viral load. Sunlight is known to kill a virus within 1.5 to 2 minutes. Given we are facing out and away from each other while fishing, I feel mask wearing can be kept to moments when we are not fishing or looking out over the water. Throwing a mask on when a breeze is present during the afternoon helps prevent spread to those down wind of you.
We are going to use “Common Sense”
A mask on a fishing boat adds a layer of responsibility that could be better managed by talking while facing away, not picking your nose, coughing off the side of the boat, sneezing off the side of the boat and just being conscientious and aware of your personal aerosols. And just not touching your face. Not everyone is hyper alert on the boat as we are typically close, friends or family. I’m the wild card. I test regularly to ensure you are safe.
Consider brining a mouth wash (like Listerine) or a saline solution to gargle with on occasion. This option is a great way to mitigate spread.
I really just want my guests to be sure they are not positive for Covid prior to fishing as a day in the boat could lead to us all being infected. That doesn’t have to happen. I’m not worried. I am good at social distancing in the boat and can help you understand how to accomplish a safe day of fishing amidst a pandemic.
I’m aware that my guests vary in their feelings and philosophy.
No matter how you feel, you can expect me to remain professional and safe.