THINKING BOATS. While the weather may not be what it once was (is it ever?), we look at some ideas for making the loading and docking of boats more successful and safe in our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: ON IT. Good outings start and end with a secure watercraft. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 4/2 – Cold – Hi 25, Lo 19, Wind N@17, 26. 3” Snow
Tomorrow: Fri 4/3 – Meh – hi 33, Lo 19, Wind NW@11
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
1:24PM 4:34AM 9:26PM 8:57AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (62% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:30-9:30AM. Moon underfoot would provide an Edge Hour in an otherwise challenging day.
RAMPING UP. The NDG&F advises anglers heading to the Missouri River this spring to check the status of boat ramps up and down the flow. Updates are made on a regular basis by NDG&F staff.
CHECK IT OFF. Make a checklist for launching and loading your boat to aid in the process and laminate it to prevent damage, storing it on a keychain or in your wallet. Check each item off – straps, chains, hitch, trailer lights, etc. – as you load and unload the craft.
MARK IT DOWN. For docking boats and pontoons, make a slight mark in permanent ink on the hull that matches up with posts, bumpers or other features of a lift so you know you’re on track. Once in place with the mark covered by that post, crank it up!