If you have only recently purchased your first boat and you’re generally inexperienced with it, there are some tips that may prove to positively impact your boating experiences. Boat culture is, for some, surprisingly rich and deep. There are a lot of unspoken rules that experienced boat owners expect others to abide by. Here are some tips to get you started on the right track.
Where to Park? –
If you have a spot that you frequently use for boating, you should consider purchasing a spot at a marina. A marina is a place that you can dock your boat for an extended period of time. They’re used exclusively for pleasure vessels, meaning that no excessively large, industrial sized watercrafts will take up any space. Marinas are especially practical when you don’t have the best equipment for long distance hauling or an appropriate amount of space at your house for storage.
Be Considerate –
If your new boat is exceptionally fast or large, please be conscious of the other boaters in the area, when there are any. Ripping your boat wide open and tearing up the water way by zooming around the area is awfully considerate to fisherman and boaters who are just trying to have a relaxing time out on open water. Please be courteous of the other boaters, consistent obnoxious behavior can potentially get your banned from certain areas. Not to mention, operating your boat at a lower speed ensures more control and lessens the likelihood that you will crash or damage your vessel.
You should make sure that you are aware of the passenger-carrying limitations of your boat. Overloading your boat with passengers or ever supplies can negatively impact your trip. In most areas, overloading is illegal and can result in a fine or restriction of your license. Too much weight can make your boat unsafe for all passengers aboard, so be sure that you are abiding by the limitations of your boat.
When repairing or replacing parts on your boat, you should purchase marine grade parts. They last longer as they’re made to withstand salt water, which is harsher on an engine. If you let your engine run too long without maintenance, your boat can end up severely damaged.