Boating is one of the most enjoyable summertime activities, but it also requires caution. Amateur boaters may lack experience in adverse conditions, including effectively navigating bad weather on a boat. Knowing how to manage your craft in poor weather — and carrying sufficient protective insurance in the event anything unfortunate does occur — are both essential as a part of responsible boating.
What Is Needed To Effectively Pilot a Boat in Bad Weather?
There is simply no substitute for experience in safely managing a watercraft, and practice alongside an experienced captain is the best way to grow more competent. This said, a number of choices can make the difference between a merely unpleasant experience in bad weather, and a dangerous one. Here are some things you should consider:
- Always carry emergency provisions on your boat, including extra lights, batteries, water, and first aid supplies
- Ensure your boat has sufficient life jackets for all passengers
- Monitor the weather prior to any boating excursion
- Review a plan with passengers and crew to be employed in the event of poor weather
Ultimately, the precautions above, and others, can help ensure that any boat trip is safe — no matter the weather. Carrying sufficient insurance is also vital in protecting your boat, as well as yourself and your passengers.