Boat Handling & Boat Safety
by David Pascoe
The unfortunate thing about docking in crowded marinas is probably less a matter of the embarrassment of hitting some one else's boat, but that there are usually so many people around to see you do it!
We've all screwed up one time or another, so we know how embarrassing it is to be standing there, half panic-stricken at the controls of our boat (which is out of control) while a half dozen of your dock mates are all standing there trying to suppress a smirk.
Or scrambling to protect their boats from the impending disaster. Entire Article
You don't want to read this, and I don't want to write it. The subject of navigation lights is boring, but if you read this, it just might save your life.
In fact, I've been putting it off for several years until I heard about a grizzly accident on Lake Erie in which three people were killed when two small boats collided.
That was one of just many deaths and maimings that have occurred with nighttime collisions this year, all because of defective lights. Entire Article
In the last 30 years, huge strides have been make toward making marine engine exhaust systems safe, particularly the gasoline engine which puts out more than double the amount of CO that diesel does.
I would attribute the increase in the number of cases to the large increase in newcomers to boating that are (1) less aware of the CO danger, and (2) are more prone to not maintain their boats as well. Entire Article
Originally posted at www.docksidereports.com
Rough Water Seamanship Part I
Negotiating Inlets, Tide Rips, Sea State, Currents, Bottom Topography, Recommendations for novices.
Many times when we receive a number of emails on a particular subject we will respond with an article like this one. In this case, the subject is boat handing in rough water.
A number of emails addressed the issue of losing control of the boat while running with the seas.
Comments ranged anywhere from concluding that their boat had a dangerous defect, to whether they should have bought a catamaran, to whether they shouldn't be considering some other type of boat that will handle better. Entire Article
Rough Water Seamanship Part II
Small Craft Warnings, Big seas, Little Seas, Controlling Speed, Broaching, Confused Seas, Waves on Top of Waves
Small craft is a relative term and means ships less than ships. Because small craft entails so many sizes of boats, it's up to you to know what sea states are dangerous to your boat.
The authorities are just giving a general warning to let operators know that conditions may be dangerous to some boats.
If you have a small outboard, then obviously all small craft warnings apply to you. No official agency could possibly gather all the possible differing factors and put them into something more specific.
The criteria to use is wind speed and sea state. Twenty knot winds make for nasty, if not big, seas. Your obligation is to be sufficiently educated in order to understand when conditions become a threat. No one can tell you that because they do not know you, your boat, or your skills. Entire Article
Rough Water Seamanship Part III
Getting Caught in Thunder Storms
Storm Avoidance, My Bad Day at Black Cloud, Sheltering, Being Prepared, Lightning
If you're into boating long enough, the time will come when you get caught out in a vicious thunder storm. When that time comes, you either know how to handle the situation or you don't.
The big problem is that for the most part, we don't know where that will be when it happens, how long it lasts and how intense the storm is.
We all pretty much agree that the weather experts are not very good at predicting these things. That is not their fault, because thunderstorms can develop very quickly.
If it happens to develop very close to where you are, then there's not much chance for an advance warning. Entire Article
Boat Safety at Sea - Part I
Small boat safety at sea - Outboard
In recent weeks the Miami television evening news has been filled with numerous stories of small boat disasters out in the Gulf Stream. A number of them have had video clips taken from a Coast Guard rescue helicopter that shows a 24 foot boat floating upside down with a couple of people trying to hang onto the bottom. Entire Article
Boat Safety at Sea - Part II
Intermediate size sports fishermen and cruisers
In Part one we covered outboard boats. In Part II we'll take a look at some of the things that can go wrong with intermediate size sport fishermen and cruisers. I focus more specifically on sport fishermen because these are the people who spend the most time at sea, go further offshore, and who experience the most sinkings. Entire Article
Rogue waves are a phenomenon that few but the most experienced boatmen have ever witnessed. My only experience with serious rogue waves came during a few ill-advised Gulf Stream crossings when seas were running 12-14 feet.
Yet few people are aware that "rogue waves" can come from sources that are other than natural, namely ships. And you don't have to far out at sea to be effected by them. Entire Article