10 Tips for New Boaters

If you’re one of the lucky ones to have purchased a brand-new boat or plan to hire one out this summer, the good news is that boating is not only one of the most enjoyable summer activities, it is great for your body and mind, too! Just like any activity or sport, being inexperienced can be a bit overwhelming. To ease your mind, we’ve put together 10 easy tips for new boaters.

  1. Keep things safe. While boating is a fairly low-risk activity, it is only fun until someone gets hurt. To prevent this, consider taking a boating safety course, or pay close attention to the safety tips in the manual.
  2. Decide what boating activities you want to try ahead of time. While they may seem straight forward, we would highly recommend doing a little research into the different boating activities you’d like to try before giving them a go. Make sure you have all the right equipment to make it both a fun and safe experience.
  3. Always check the weather. Just because the weather looks great where you are, does not mean there aren’t gale force winds near the beach.
  4. Ease into things. To be cliché, remember to walk before you run. Maybe don’t head out on an overnight, long-distance trip on your first day.
  5. Don’t forget the life jackets! You could easily go a whole season or two without ever needing lifejackets, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Equip your boat with the same amount of life jackets as there are seats on your boat, and ensure your passengers wear them at all times.
  6. Plan ahead. We recommend creating a pre-departure checklist to look at before heading out. This will ensure you have everything you need for any situation that could arise.
  7. Slow down when waves are near. Pull back on the throttle before the boat hits big waves for a softer impact.
  8. Adjust the trim. As a new boater, this may not be something you even think of as your boat seems to be working just fine. This may be the case, but once you learn to adjust the trim, you may find it could have been working even better the entire time.
  9. Get everyone involved. If you’re out with friends or family, get them involved. It can be fun for everyone to feel like they are lending a helping hand, and it takes the pressure off of you, too.
  10. And finally, don’t forget to have fun! Starting up a new hobby, especially one that includes a motorized vehicle and water, can be overwhelming. Don’t forget to slow down and enjoy the ride!

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