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Discussion in 'Boat Safety' started by catoon, Mar 29, 2009.
what all kind of safety tips would you experienced boaters give new boaters?
Always wear your life jacket. Keep an extra boat plug and key with you. Stay aware of the waters your fishing. Make sure your boat is capable of handling the water your on. Just to name a few.
Don't drink from the live well.....:tounge_out:
Know your boat's limitations. If it gets rough, SLOW DOWN!!! I've been in waters i probably should not have been, but by going slow, and keeping the bow up, my little 14' jon boat got me back home. The other thing is keeping an eye to the sky. Storms come up quick, and the last place you wanna be is on an open body of water (especially true if you have an aluminum boat).
If you are fishing strong current (like we do below the dams on the Ohio) always keep a sharp knife handy to cut the anchor rope! If a log washes up against the front of the boat, it can pull you under pretty quickly, especially in a smaller boat. So keep that knife handy and be ready to cut the line, if it has that much load on it you wont be able to untie it.
Check plug at least three times.....:wink:
use kill switch
use mooring lights at night
on familiar waters, don't get cocky, especially at nigh...
Be especially careful at night!
In the picture below shows what happen when two bass boats hit almost head on at full speed at night. The boat on bottom in the picture went airborne passing over the other boat shearing the engine completely off. Two killed, one was an off duty game warden. Happen about mile from our house.
It's been said before, but is worth repeating, wearing life jackets, know your boats limitations and know your limitations. Paying attention to the weather is IMO the most critical. I've done rescues in storm conditions, if the boaters had paid attention, it would not have put others in dangerous situations. Have fun on the water, but respect mother nature, she's stronger than anyone.
Watch out for the flying carp.
1. Don't go anywhere at night you haven't been before in the daylight.
2. Don't do STUPID
Carry extra shear pins for the prop.