The hot summer weather, with calm winds allows many people to enjoy a nice day out on the water in their boat. Just like driving a car there are many rules and customs that boaters must obey.
Here are a few codes of conduct when out on the water:
- It is always important to be aware of your wake, which are the waves that kick up while maneuvering through the water.
- Drive slowly when approaching other boats to reduce the size of your wakes, which will in effect decrease the chances of someone getting hurt.
- When anchoring, it is vital to stay clear of any other boats because in a matter of minutes the wind can change and tangle your lines.
- Keep in mind that when you are at the fuel dock filling up, tie up securely, pay the bill, and move to another dock if you are planning on running any errands ashore.
- If for some reason there is not a dock master or helper around to assist boaters as they dock, it is courteous to assist others close to you with their lines.
- If you plan on having guests on your boat be sure to explain to them what you expect from them and how they should behave.
- Be cautious of who is around your boat if you expect to be loud so you are not disturbing other boaters who may want to enjoy peace and quiet.
- Pollution destroys the water for everybody. It kills wildlife and also diminishes the beauty of the scenery.
- Be mindful of how deep the water is and be very careful when replacing your oil or when refueling so you do not spill any into the water!
After following these codes of conduct your time on the water as well as other around you will be more enjoyable!