Water reflects the sun almost as well as a mirror, so boaters are advised to take precautions to reduce their exposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation.
UV exposure is greatest from now through August and especially when the sun is highest in the sky, generally between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Direct exposure from sunlight isn’t the only risk. Water reflects an additional 5 percent of the sun’s rays back on boaters. Sails and Bimini tops also can intensify UV radiation.
Excessive exposure also is harmful to the eyes and increases the risk of cataracts.
Wear a large-billed hat and lightweight, breathable cotton garments for protection from the sun.
Wear sunblock, sunscreen and lip balm formulated for the marine environment.
Wear sunglasses with lenses designed to absorb damaging ultraviolet rays.
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