New boaters often make mistakes in the water. Although it is understandable because of their lack of experience, you should avoid having to use this excuse even if you can.
Instead, you can do some research on the basics of boating that neophytes should know about.
We have compiled a list of boating etiquette for boating beginners to help you do things right:
1. Monitor your wake. A boat’s wake can cause damages to surrounding properties and other vessels. Because of this, you should always watch the size of wake your boat is making.
2. Keep it nice and slow. Make sure to go slow when another boat is trying to overtake you as well as when you’re entering a marina or a mooring field. This will help minimize the wake you make and ensure that your neighbors aren’t bothered.
3. Be time-efficient when fueling or loading. Boating beginners may take longer when fueling or loading compared to experienced sailors. This can frustrate other boaters, so make sure to be time-efficient when completing this task. Seek help when necessary.
4. Mind your ramp manners. Bear in mind that you’re not the only one using the ramp. This means you shouldn’t spend too long on it as others either want to be in the water or off it. Plan your tasks ahead to lessen your time on the ramp.
5. Maintain order and cleanliness. No one wants things scattered in their house. The same is true for boaters. Marinas already have too many tripping hazards without your tools and equipment strewn all over the place.
6. Never board another vessel without permission. Trespassing is illegal. This is also true for boats, which is why you should never board other people’s vessels without their permission.
7. Turn off your electronic equipment before you leave. Make sure that your radio and other electronic devices are turned off when your vessel is unoccupied. This will save you fuel and prevent others from being disturbed by noisy appliances onboard.
8. Tie your boat properly. There are different knots boaters use for various occasions. Make sure to learn and memorize them all. If you’re unsure what to use, don’t hesitate to ask experienced boaters or, better yet, have someone assist you.
9. Never overfill your fuel tank. Fuel is an environmental hazard. This means that when your fuel tank is overflowing, you may risk contaminating the waters and cause sea creatures to get sick.