All new boaters gather around because we are about to tell the tales of boating safety.
You probably feel slightly overwhelmed if you recently rented or purchased your first boat. Don’t worry because that’s how all boaters feel. Some are afraid of making the wrong turn. Some are afraid they might get stranded in the middle of the ocean, and some are afraid of docking.
Before you get on your boat and follow our lessons, ensure you have your license and necessary paperwork on board. Operating a boat without proper paperwork might get you in trouble with the port police.
Let’s look at some tips for first-time boaters:
Slow and steady wins the race! So, when docking, go slow. Slow is pro.
Don’t Hog the Launch Ramp
Use the boat launch ramp wisely if you are at a public marina. Have a plan to put your boat on the ramp, and release it into the water quickly. If you can’t figure out your way, ask for help.
The weather can be unpredictable when you are far away from shore. A few extra layers will keep you warm and allow you to navigate the boat easily.
Stock Up on Snacks
If you are sailing with your family, a cooler full of drinks and a basket full of snacks are necessary. Full tummies keep everyone happy.
Pack the Essentials
Apart from food, you must have other essentials, such as a first-aid kid and life jackets. These are life savers in emergencies.
Don’t Overload the Boat
Every boat has a passenger and storage capacity. Don’t exceed it! Overloading the boat will reduce its seaworthiness and stability.
Use Marine-Grade Parts
When repairing your boat, always opt for marine-grade parts. They might cost a lot, but they will last longer and maintain engine efficiency.
Check the Weather
Mother Nature can sometimes be brutal, so we suggest you look at the weather forecast before sailing out.
Give Someone Your Float Plan
A float plan outlines where you are heading, what stops you will be making, and when you will return. In case you miss your return date and your family members are not able to contact you, they will be able to notify the port police.
Waterproof Important Items
Place your cellphones, wallets, key, electronics, etc. in a zip lock or waterproof bag.
Have a Co-Captain
If you have multiple passengers on board, make sure one of them knows how to drive a boat. If you get seasick or come down with any illness, the co-captain will be responsible for operating the wheel, giving everyone the peace of mind they are in good hands.
Untangle the Anchor Chain
Before going offshore, check the anchor chain and rope to ensure they are not tangled. Tangled anchor chains can cause delays in deployment in an emergency.
Know the Geographic Landmarks
Have a map and GPS with you at all times. While boating is fun, it can be disorienting. Know your geographic locations so you know where you are heading.
You can follow these tips to make sure your boating experience is enjoyable!
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