Boat Driving Basics
Boating is a good way to cool down on hot weekends. Before buying a boat there are a few things you should know. Operating a car from a car is very different. Of course, there are usually positive and negative steering wheels, and some even have speed control for cruise control, but cars are usually affected by wind and air currents. In the water, the road, there are rules to follow. However, water is the liquid and these rules are guidelines to take the second seat of the current conditions.
Now that you are aware of the fact that you are not driving your car on the water let me walk you through the basic steps of how to drive a boat. First off, before you leave the dock, make sure you have enough fuel, that there is enough oil, and that all your safety equipment is in proper working order (i.e. horn, life jackets, etc). Now is time to start the engine. If you have an outboard, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to start. If you have an inboard (engine inside the hull) make sure you turn on the ventilation blowers prior to starting just to make sure there are no gas vapors where there shouldn’t be. Once the boat is started, be sure the engine is running okay, take note of any wind or current, and then cast off in such a way as to use the two to your advantage. Once you are underway and out of the busy marina or launch, turn on your electronics (radar, GPS, sonar). You can never have too many ways of judging conditions, be sure though to have an old fashioned compass aboard as well as know how to use it.
When you go, you will see red buoys, or green and other color changes. Red and green are the most important. They are channel markers. The best rule of thumb for navigation is the “red, return” red buoy on your right where you come back from the sea. Once the buoys in the sea usually disappear, you will face the sea. And the sea is a potential big wave. The best fight with a wave at a 45-degree angle, playing them positive will be the dangers of dangers that may damage the ship. Hit them, the lateral can cause the boat to be submerged and potentially sink.
There are many skills required to operate a boat and many different skills depending on what type of boat. If you want to get the most out of your boating experience and want to be a safe knowledgeable boater, attend a class offered by Boats US, your local US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and pick up a copy of Chapman’s Piloting.
Tips On Driving A Boat
Driving a boat is like driving a car, although in many states, getting a boat driving license is younger than that of a car driving license. Even before you start learning how to navigate a boat, however, you must be involved in some type of ship safety course and receive a boating certification to recognize your specific state of marine police. It is important whether you are planning a leisurely ride on a sailing boat or compressing a high performance boat through the waterway. It is essential that you learn the rules of the road before steering the steering wheel of any ship. Once you have completed a boating safety course and received your license, you need to start learning how to navigate a boat with the help of an experienced boater by your side.
The following tips are applicable for driving just about any boat, including runabout boats, luxury boats, high performance boats, wakeboard boats and even sailboats, when someone is learning how to drive a boat.
1. Complete a boating course to obtain a boating safety certificate.
2. Become familiar with all parts of the boat, including any extra safety equipment.
3. Develop an accurate checklist that you can use before each boating excursion.
4. Don’t use alcohol, and don’t allow your passengers to do so either.
5. Be sure you have the adequate number and correct size of personal flotation devices on board.
6. Know the navigational rules of the road.
7. Practice safety at all times.
8. Appoint an observer that will be on the lookout when anyone is skiing, tubing, or wakeboarding.
Boat Speed Control
A speed control is often called an electric timing system because many speed control devices allow the boat to maintain a constant speed. Many boating people choose their vessels based on speed control options. The best performance of the vessel is often characterized by automatic speed control, simple operation, suitable for recreational boating and water sports competition. At the very least, a ship should provide speed control so that the ship is in the forward position and is reversing. In many cases, a neutral setting in a ship’s speed control will stop the boat from moving.