If you own a boat and spend a lot of time on it, chances are you may have to deal with rough, choppy waters or a sudden thunderstorm at some point in time. Whether you spend your days on coastal waters or cruising along the Intracoastal Waterway, you need to be careful when you find yourself in one of these situations and act accordingly. By preparing for the worst every single time you head out on your boat and taking the proper steps to manage rough water, you can keep yourself, your passengers and your boat protected at all times no matter what Mother Nature has in store for you.
One thing you always want to do before you head out on your boat is check the weather forecast as well as the current water conditions. If it’s already choppy out in the water or bad weather is coming, consider keeping your boat docked for the day. However, there are times when rough water is simply unavoidable, and when you find yourself stuck in it, it’s important to proceed with caution.
Slow and Steady
Slow down your boat to allow for better reaction time and adjust your throttle so that you ride smoothly over the waves. This will stop water from finding its way into your boat, while also preventing damage from impactful waves. You may be able to drive your boat around storms or steer clear of choppier parts of the coastal waters, too, but whatever you do, it’s important to keep your calm and approach the situation with a level head.
Check Your Equipment
In addition to following these tips, you should also keep a marine radio or device where you can view radar or satellite weather information when you’re out on the water. This will allow you to get a notification of any incoming severe weather and potentially give you a chance to get off the water before storms and waves pick up. You should also make sure that your boat is equipped with enough lifejackets and floatation devices for yourself and all your passengers. If the weather gets rough, be sure everyone on board straps on a lifejacket just in case and work to navigate back to dry land as soon as you can.
Triangle Marine Center has been helping boaters with parts, service and more for more than 40 years. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to boating and would be more than happy to share it with you. Call us at 352-343-6146 today or stop in and speak with one of our staff members about your boating needs.