Preparing the boat

A boat should be secured both on deck and down below at any time she is going to sea. Before the onset of bad weather a check is essential. The rules are simple:

• Look to all places where water in any quantity could break your defences, including large cockpit locker lids, navel pipes, and the companionway hatch.

• Make certain your pumps arc working, and keep a regular check on the bilge.

• Ensure that anything heavy which could take a destructive tour of the accommodation is firmly secured. This should be done any time before going to sea, but it is of obvious importance if a gale seems likely - though lesser wind strengths may be the danger point for a smaller vessel, or one which proposes navigating through an area of exceptional wave activity (Chapter 27). You won't go wrong in this context if you assume that the boat will be turned upside down. There is more about this subject in the Appendix, but it does happen to ordinary people in ordinary yachts, not just to heroes rounding the Horn. Armed with this premise, consider your batteries, cooker, gas bottles, sextant box, dividers and false teeth.

• Double up on all on-deck lashings, and look to your line stowage. If you call upon your engine in an emergency and finish the day with the main halyard round the propeller you'll wish you'd taken more carc.

• You may well feel that now is the time to issue an ultimatum about safety harnesses. Even the helmsman can be lost over the side in a heavy knock-down. Going back for one individual endangers the lives of all hands; harnesses will usually do away with this desperate problem. Use them, and make sure the crew do too.

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

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.

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