How To Drive a Boat on a Lake
Operating a boat on a lake is not unlike operating a boat on the ocean. In fact, in some ways it’s considered easier because of the lack of currents and tides. But because lakes are more confined, they tend to get more crowded. Which can present its own hazards to contend with.
People love kayaking, jet skiing, canoeing, fishing and swimming in lakes. Crowds and smaller spaces mean that you must be aware of your surroundings and operate your boat with additional care. As you get more comfortable behind the wheel, always try to keep your eyes high while steering. Don’t just look out at the front of your boat. Similar to driving a car, you should give people (and smaller watercraft) the right or way. A small sailboat or canoe won’t have an engine to help them slow down or change course.
Learning the basics of steering, maneuvering and operating a boat is important. It’s also important to practice good etiquette when you’re on the water or launching your boat.
Here are tips:
Take it easy when you’re out on the water, especially if you’re just learning how to boat. Cruising at 20 mph instead of 30 will give you more time to respond and avoid a collision.
One perk of taking it slow is that you get more time to enjoy your surroundings. Trust us, it’s a whole vibe
Never Operate a Boat Under the Influence
It should go without saying that you should never operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In many states, boating under the influence (BUI) has the same consequences as a drunk driving (DUI).
Make sure that you always designate a sober skipper as alcohol is the leading factor in fatal boat accidents.
In our unwritten rules of boating guide, we talk about how important it is to watch your wake. Always be mindful of where you are and the waves you’re leaving behind. Large wakes can be especially dangerous in crowded areas. The last thing you want is to toss other boaters around in their craft – not a great way to make friends!
Approach Large Waves at a 45-Degree Angle
If you’re approaching a large wave or wake, try not to hit it head-on. Aim to take them on at a 45-degree angle to minimize the impact..
Are You Ready to Operate a Boat?
Learning how to drive a boat takes time and practice. Follow the rules, always put safety first and take it slow. Once you get a feel for how the boat operates and responds, driving it will come naturally – just like driving a car.
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