If you have ever been fishing, there is a good chance that you have been out on an aluminum boat. They go together like America and apple pie. At the moment, though, there are more people than ever gaining an interest in this kind of boating, making it even more important that you understand the proper precautions that you should take when boating in one.
- Safety For Aluminum Boats -Never, EVER use any alcohol or drugs while you are operating the boat. This includes the smallest boats that you would think couldnt cause any harm.
- Always take the time to go through a course in boater safety. If you dont pass you should wait until you have before you take your boat out on the water.
- Dont install a massive engine that will overpower your small boat. Exceeding the max rating that has been printed on your boat can cause a lot of problems for you.
- Pay attention to where you are going. Driving a car without looking is dangerous, but many people assume that they dont have to when they are out in a fishing boat. Dont worry about holding conversation when you are traveling if it can impede your safey.
- Check your boat management tool and everything before leaving to make sure that it is secured in place and wont get in your way.
- Be sure that everyone on the boat has a life jacket that has been Coast Guard approved. Emergencies happen when you least expect them.
- While the outboard is running, never operate it without having the emergency engine shut-off attached to you somewhere.
- Lower all of the pedestal seats before venturing out. You want to make sure that you have an unobstructed view, but you should also make sure that no one rides on these while the boat is in motion.
- Practice common courtesy. Dont make fast, tight turns or put anyone else in danger. Stay away from larger boats and be careful anytime that you are in a no-wake zone.
Launching Your Fishing Boat This is a skill that can be learned and once you have it down you dont have to worry much about it. First, practice backing the trailer into and out of your driveway. Youll have to learn how sharply to turn the wheel before you can ever launch it successfully. Youre ready once you can do this over and over again and it feels natural. Dont block the launch ramp once you are confident enough to take it on the water.
Find a place that doesnt have a lot of traffic and double check everything before you start. Make sure that you have all of your life jackets and the hull plug is securely in place. Now slowly back down and keep an eye out for anyone who might get in your way. Have someone stand outside if you need to. Once you have a clear path you can back up and launch your boat with ease. These sound like simple things, but they are incredibly important to protecting yourself as well as your investments.