If the boat is caught in a storm the speed should be reduced while ensuring that enough power is available to maintain steering and headway. All the hatches, windows and doors should be closed. Unnecessary gear should be stowed away. The boat’s navigation lights should be turned on. In case of lightning, the electrical equipment should be disconnected. Everyone on board should be asked to move away from metallic objects.
All the passengers should be made to wear the USCG approved life jacket. The jackets should be securely worn. The passengers should sit on the floor of the boat in the center so that the boat would be more stable. It is a good idea to go to the nearest shore but if the boat is already caught in the storm, it is better to be in open water as the winds and waves would be higher at the shore. The bow should be at four hundred and fifty to the waves. In case the engine stops, the sea anchor should be dropped so that drifting can be reduced during the storm. If anchor is not there, a bucket can be used. In case the sea anchor is not able to do the job, then it is better to use the conventional anchor so that the boat can be stopped from drifting.Learn More
Christening a boat traditionally involves breaking a bottle over the bow of a new boat as the boat's name is announced. According to Heartland Boating, champagne is traditionally the liquid of choice, and women traditionally break the bottle.Full Answer >
According to the water sports supply company West Marine, oars should be one-half the distance between the oarlocks times three, plus six inches. Boats that are unusually narrow require shorter oars.Full Answer >
To dock a boat, attach the fender and dock lines, approach the dock slowly moving into the wind or current if possible, and step onto the dock after the boat stops. Tie the bow and stern dock lines to the dock cleats with a cleat hitch. Secure the spring lines.Full Answer >
The bottom of the boat, or the part that comes into contact with the water, is called a hull. The hull consists of two parts: the bow and the stern. The term "bow" refers to the front of the hull, while "stern" refers to the rear of the hull.Full Answer >