Keep an eye on the weather forecast. If you’ve lived in your area for quite some time you will develop a sense for the weather. Weather forecasts become more accurate and reliable as the day gets closer, but always keep an eye on it, even after leaving the dock. Places like Annapolis, Maryland for example, often experience summertime storm cells in the late afternoon which, although may last only 15 to 30 minutes, can be severe, and definitely enough to frighten the family away from the boat for good. There are some very good Doppler radar apps that are excellent for keeping an eye on things while on the water. Remember that while a 3 to 5 foot chop might seem like nothing to you, to a small child that could be scary and off-putting. Keep their perspective in mind.