Boating can be unpredictable. Every time you get in a boat, you'll face different weather, new adventures—and new hazards. Many things can make or break your day on the water—tides, winds, currents, how your boat performs, and the way you and other boaters act.
Be prepared and know your boat. This chapter will help you operate your boat safely. It includes specific guidelines for different types of boats, including:
^ Powerboats ^ Sailboats ^ Paddlecraft
The better you become at handling your boat, the better you can handle the unpredictable.
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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.