There are few things that are more enjoyable than heading out on a boat for fun in the sun on a late summer or early fall day. If you’re continuing to boat later in the season, you may encounter some cloudy weather and overcast days. It’s important remember, however, that you should still don proper eye and skin protection, even when it seems like it’s not truly necessary.

It may be surprising to learn that people are actually more susceptible to sunburn on overcast days, partly because the clouds diffuse the light and partly because they’re less aware of the dangers of ultraviolet rays. It may also be surprising to learn that people’s eyes are capable of sustaining sunburns—after prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation, serious, long-term damage to the health of the eye may manifest.

Investing in proper eyewear, like specialized boating sunglasses, is essential before venturing out on a boating excursion at any time of the year. If you’re planning on visiting a marina in Fenton, MI this fall, here are a few things to look for in eyewear before you hit the water:

  • Lens tint: While it may seem like lens tint is a strictly stylistic choice, the tint of the lenses that you choose will ultimately determine the level of contrast that you view. Darker lenses almost always perform better on brighter days, while lighter colors are better suited for overcast conditions.
  • Polarization: Polarized lenses reduce the amount of glare that reflects off the water, which is essential if you’re planning to spend any amount of time out on a boat. Investing in polarized lenses may mean that you spend more on your sunglasses, but it will ultimately be worth the extra expense. Polarized lenses are also useful for snowy conditions.
  • Lens shape: Like lens tint, it may seem that the shape of your lenses is a purely stylistic decision. In actuality, the shape of the lenses that you’re wearing determines the level of distortion in your field of vision. If you have lenses that arc and curve around your face to protect you from wind and dust, chances are, they’re actually distorting and reducing your vision.
  • Glass vs. plastic: While plastic lenses are often more affordable, lighter and impact resistant, glass lenses are more scratch resistant, and result in better visual clarity. Deciding between glass and plastic lenses largely depends on your personal preferences, and the amount of time that you plan to spend boating. If you want to spend lots of time on the water, glass lenses are probably better suited for your needs.

Lake Ponemah Marina has been a popular marina in Fenton, MI since 1993. We offer unparalleled access to scenic Lake Ponemah, boat sales, boat rentals, indoor and outdoor storage solutions and a slew of boat repair options. If you’re looking for a trusted place to store your boat for the offseason, or if you’re hoping to enjoy one last day out on the water before winter arrives, visit Lake Ponemah Marina today!