Check the predicted weather and water conditions. Avoid boating in heavy winds, lightning storms, hard rain and thick fog. Make sure the predicted conditions match your boating skills and equipment. Take a portable radio with you to receive updated weather forecasts.
Find out about local hazards by talking to marina operators, other boaters and marine law officers. They can keep you from running aground or hitting hidden obstacles.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WEATHER TERMINOLOGY, CONSULT WEBSITE:
and select Weather or Lightning
FOR CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS WHERE YOU ARE GOING BOATING, CONSULT WEBSITE:
and select TWC Weather or NOAA Weather or cdip Weather
FOR ASSISTANCE SELECTING LAUNCH LOCATIONS IN CALIFORNIA, SEE WEBSITES:
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.