Boating Safety

Boating Safety; Reading a Mariner’s Compass – part 8 of 16

In this day of inexpensive GPS many boaters have little or no need of a compass. However electronics sometimes fail and the smarter captain will have some knowledge on how to navigate with a mariner’s compass. To do this the captain should have access to NOAA navigation charts and have determined the DEVIATION of …

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Boating Safety: Understanding Weather – part 7 of 16

I think everyone who has been on the water for a while has had an experience with an incorrect weather forecast. Honestly, forecasting the weather is not easy. One individual made the analogy that it is like predicting where your cigarette smoke will hit the wall across the room. There are so many variables in …

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Boating Safety: Boat Handling – Part 6 of 16

There is a line from the film Captain Ron which is very true: “whatever is going to happen… it’s going to happen out there!” New boat owners and experienced ones all have a time trying to “feel out” their new vessel and how she maneuvers. As we all know, every boat is different and they …

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Boating Safety – Anchoring: Part 5 of 16

Most boaters in our area have at least one story of an anchored boat that got away; I know I have a few.  In most cases we are on the beach or in a situation where the incident is noticed before any real serious problems occur.  Sometimes we come back from the Gulf side of …

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Boating Safety – Right of Way: Part 4 of 16

Like “Navigation Lights” (another post in this series) “Right of Way” are rules designed to avoid collisions on the water. With “Right of Way” there are actually different rules; Inland Rules, Great Lake Rules, Western River Rules, and International Rules. The set of rules used for local waterways here along the Florida panhandle are the …

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Rules of the Road – Navigation Lighting; Part 3 of 16

Everyone understands that navigational lighting is required so that they are aware another boat is in the area, and that they see you as well, but WHY specific rules for specific lights?  The answer is that it aids the captain with (a) identifying what type of vessel is in the area, (b) knowing what type …

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Boating Safety: Part 2 of 16 – Safety Equipment

Both the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have a required list of safety equipment that must be present on all vessels when anchored or underway.  As stated in Chapman’s Piloting these requirements are the minimum safety equipment and the prudent captain will have back up for …

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Boating Safety: Part 1 of 16 – Nautical Terms

Going over terms used in boating may seem like a trivial exercise but clear communication between captain and crew, captain and other vessels, and captain and dockhands can make situations flow smoothly.  Here are a few nautical terms for this website but there are plenty of others not listed.  We recommend referring to Chapman’s Piloting …

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