Boating Tips & Info
boaters go to sea without prior
knowledge of the cruising lifestyle and its demands. This can result in
conditions ranging from the merely
inefficient to the truly tragic.
Learn more about becoming a safe, responsible boater. Do the first step
and find out more about boating organizations
in your area. Join them and learn everything you can.
Before leaving make sure that your
boat is in good working condition and properly equiped with required
Find out informations about weather
forecast, local hazards and places where you will be able to refuel
fuel for the
| BOATING TIPS
your lifejacket or any other personal floating
device, there are many reasons to do that. Make sure it's right size,
don't buy to large - it's unsafe.
should always wear lifejacket or any
other personal floating device when they are on docks or around
leaving make sure that your friends, relatives
or neighbours know where you are going, when you'll be back and what
your boat looks like.
proper marine charts for the area and don't
ride after dark or in reduced visibility.
sure you have first aid kit, radio, proper
tools and spare parts.
the speed limits and other restrictions
and navigate with care. Avoid wake jumping and passing close to other
allow other people to use your boat until
you show them how to use it properly.
Water temperature of rivers, oceans
increases only a few degrees during the summer and falling overboard
be dangerous at any time of year.
Water absorbs heat about 25 times
air. Knowing what to do will help you to survive.
If your body can't maintain a
you will become hypothermic.
It is very important to stay calm,
valuable energy needed to keep you warm.
Keep your body out of water as
water cools your body faster than air does.
Try to stay with your vessel,
to shore can use up too much energy needed to keep you warm.
| RELATED LINKS
|SARSAT - NOAA
- International search and rescue website with excellent information
emergency beacons, satellites, rescue coordination centers, and lots of
other info. NOAA operates the Search & Rescue Satellite Aided
(SARSAT) System to locate those in distress almost anywhere in the
at anytime and in most conditions.
Links on the Web - Info
and links to some of
boating web sites.
Preparations For Cruising
- In this book
Hood utilizes his years of personal experience to teach safety measures
and prudent seamanship to would-be cruisers so they can set out on a
designed or altered with their well-being in mind, aware of potential
familiar with possible solutions, and possessing increased
with which to minimize or resolve problems.
Onboard Medical Handbook: First Aid & Emergency Medicine Afloat
- More than
a first-aid manual, this down-to-earth guide
tells how to
treat virtually every type of injury and ailment one might encounter at
sea, in quieter times, relevant maritime anecdotes will instruct and
readers. Quick-reference first-aid procedures and a cross-referenced
help find topics fast. Dr.
Paul Gill tells how to assemble a complete shipboard
medicine chest and treat everything from shock and fractures to
and lightning strikes. Even childbirth, pediatrics, and sleep
are covered in this seaworthy guide.
Complete Sailor: Learning
the Art of Sailing (Paperback) by
David Seidman - "Sailing
is not a science that can be practiced with precision..." This is a
very good reference book for
advanced beginners and intermediate sailors with. Easy to read style
and great and instructive illustrations.
Powerboating - A friendly
beginner's guide that concentrates on what you need to know when you
first take the helm. Bob Armstrong tells you how to dock any boat under
any conditions of wind, current, and crowding, and how to leave a slip
with a minimum of fuss. He explains how to handle docklines, how to
execute close-quarters maneuvers, how to anchor, run inlets, adjust
trim for a better ride, and cope with heavy weather. He offers hints
for judging the quality of a boat, tips for quick mastery of a boat
you've never handled before, and an expert's views on the types of
powerboats available--from runabouts to motoryachts to houseboats,
jetboats, and catamarans--and what to expect from each.
and Easy Boat Maintenance: 1,001 Time-Saving Tips - Sandy Lindsey,
regular columnist for
Boating Magazine, delivers fast, simple, creative tips for every
boat-maintenance need. These proven labor-savers can help every boater
spend more time on the water, and a lot less on maintenance chores.
Culled from the best of thousands of questions and answers published in
Boating over the years, these helpful hints will be useful to all
Nautical Guides: Boating Etiquette - A complete and useful
guide to every aspect of boating
yacht-club practices to passing courtesies, from what types of flags to
fly and how and where to display them to having or being a guest on
a boat. Illustrated.