Your First Boating Trip
If you own a boat, then you are most likely getting excited for taking it out for the first time soon. The end of May is usually the first time that boaters can take out their boats. There is nothing more exciting than your first time out on your new boat. The open water is waiting for you, and you’ll get the ride of your life with the wind in your hair, and great friends on board.
However, if you are not prepared for your first ride, it can be embarrassing at best, and disastrous at worst. Your first time out on your boat deserves to be an amazing one, so don’t head out without a plan in mind.
As your excitement for your first trip on your boat begins to build, don’t forget the importance of preparing yourself physically and mentally for the experience. Here are a few great tips every boatman should have every time they hit the lake so they can have a fun time with great boat safety.
1. Give Yourself Time to Practice
Before you head out to the dock and try backing up your boat on the trailer, you should give yourself the time you need to practice. This can help you avoid any embarrassment and trouble that may come your way.
A great way to practice is to drive over to a large empty parking lot and practice by backing into parking stalls. This is also a good time to practice driving around with boat attached to your vehicle. Safety always come first, so don’t forget to practice!
2. Don’t Forget Your Hand Signals
If you are going out boating on a busy day things are probably going to get loud, and that means you won’t be able to hear properly. That can be troublesome on any day boating, but especially if you are new to the process.
If you want to avoid this trouble, be sure to brush up on hand signals so you can back up and get your boat in the water without any trouble!
3. Take It Slow
Getting yourself into a hurry is one of the worst things you can do when you arrive on the dock or on the lake. Taking your time and giving yourself the space you need to get backed up correctly will save you the trouble of backing up poorly or incorrectly. It is also very dangerous to back up in a hurry.
Don’t let yourself get distracted by others on the dock. Take your time so you can perform this task correctly and safely.
When it comes to actually taking your boat out on the lake, take it easy. Ease the boat up to speed rather than ramming it there. Take care of your new boat engine, especially when it is getting broken in. Ask your boat dealer how the break in process is on your boat.
4. Be Prepared for an Emergency
You never know what will happen when you are out on your boat. It is always important to be prepared, especially when you are on a lake.
Make sure that you are prepared for possible emergencies and have boat safety. Here are some examples to help you stay prepared:
- You should be sure that you have multiple forms of communication available on your boat. This will help ensure that you can reach help if you find yourself in a tough spot.
- You should pack a first aid kit. This will be useful in cases of small accidents, and can be life savers if you have a big accident as well. Make sure to keep it well stocked and up to date.
- Make sure you have plenty of water and food aboard. This will not only be helpful in an emergency, but it will also ensure that everyone is happy throughout the trip.
- Always make sure you have enough life jackets for every passenger on the boat.
- Check the weather and make sure it is safe to go boating that day.
- Always have oars on your boat in case the boat breaks down.
5. Don’t Neglect Your Anchor
Every boat should have an anchor to ensure that you can stop your boat and keep it in place if you need it. Go to your local boat store and find the proper anchor for your boat.
6. Have Fun
Remember, boat safety first, then the fun follows. Don’t let yourself get distracted by first trip nerves. Instead, be sure to have a good time and give yourself the space to breathe. You deserve to have fun, so don’t forget to enjoy yourself.
Now’s the time to start planning for your first boating trip, have a good time, and keep following the Check City blog for more great tips!