Boating under the influence slows your reaction times, impairs your judgment, and increases your chances of a boating accident. But did you know that boating fatigue can cause the exact same things? Learn more about boater's fatigue, why it happens, and how it can make your day on the water more dangerous.

Boater Fatigue And Washington Boat Accidents

Summer in Washington State is a time for family fun, outdoor activities, and staying cool - and many times, residents of Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue opt to take a boat out on a lake, river, or ocean. Whether you are in a small personal watercraft like a kayak or jetski, or whether you are in a larger boat like a motorboat or sailboat, a trip out on the water can be fun, relaxing, and exhilarating.

However, all too often these fun summer days come to tragic ends. Boating injuries and boating accidents can end your relaxing day... and could end with head injuries, lacerations from propellers, and even drowning deaths. A Washington State boating accident injury can leave you with a pile of medical bills, long-term conditions, disabilities, and financial hardship.

One of the best ways to avoid a boating accident and boating injury is to be aware of the boater's fatigue phenomenon. Piloting a boat is much different than driving a car, and many people don't realize that a day of fun in the sun can be exactly the thing that leads to their boating accident. Boater's fatigue takes place when the driver of the boat becomes tired and groggy due to:

· Hours in the sun. Sunlight can lead to dehydration, strained eyesight, and even sunstroke. It also leads to fatigue.

· The vibrations of the boat. The movement of the boat on the water and the vibrations of the motor can tire a boat driver quickly.

· Wind and weather. The elements can certainly tire a person more quickly than a person riding in a closed vehicle.

· All day on the water. We don't drive our cars for hours and hours without stopping, but a full day on the water can consist of just that.


Boater's fatigue can lead to slowed reaction times, mistakes in judgment, distracted driving, and boating accidents.