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Old 07-13-2018, 03:57 PM   #1
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Boating questions- what would you ask?

When my daddy passed away 3 months ago he left a boat to my mom and sister. The boat is named after my mom actually.
But neither my mom nor my sister have ever boated without my dad so they are both struggling with using the boat at all since they feel they have too much to learn before being comfortable boating safely. Since my husband and I have been boating for decades, my sister suggest I put together a webinar series for new boaters that teaches the basics, things like how to back the trailer, how to hook up the trailer, navigation, right of way, weather, what does that beeping sound mean and what do i do about it and lots more. Navionics is going to help sponsor this series so it will be completely free to webinar attendees.
For your new boaters out there, what questions do you need answered? For you seasoned boaters, what do you wish someone had taught you when you were a newbie?
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:13 PM   #2
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Re: Boating questions- what would you ask?

Throw in something about having an epirb or plb going offshore!

Basics of vhf radio use.

Water color / depth

Required safety equipment / coast guard inspections (trailer straps?)

Sorry to hear about your dad.
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Old 07-15-2018, 07:40 AM   #3
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Old 07-15-2018, 01:42 PM   #4
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Re: Boating questions- what would you ask?

Develop a specific checklist for your boat all the items from hooking up trailer: safety chains, hitch safety pin in, lights (do they work?), bearings greased, tire lugs tight, inspect tires, transom tie down straps, winch locked, jack up, no loose gear or secured in boat, tailgate up, brakes connected (if used), ball pin locked/secured, spare, jack, fire extinguisher, lug wrench, First Aid kit (tow vehicle & boat).

Weather check.

Boat to launch: unhook trailer lights, plug in. transom straps off, safety gear in boat: horn/whistle, compass, gps, epirb, (are their batteries okay?), plug in, charts, PFD's, throw-able, baling cup & sponge, mirror if skiing/tubing; fuel, battery/electrical, bilge pump working?, running lights check, plug in, motor jacks off, sunscreen, hats, water, plug in, mirror, flares, radio, plug in, float plan filed, phone charger brick, plug in, phone, motor turns over, plug in. Comm check

Boat for recovery: winch strap prepped and winch unlocked, lower bimini, rods (&weights) secured, raise motor, turn it off, lock motor, plug out, rinse bilge if needed for Zebra Mussels, motor up-off-locked, transom straps secured, winch secured, lights connected and checked, inspect chains & hitch locks/components, motor up-off-locked, loose gear secured, properly dispose of trash and any fish cleanings. Check mirrors. Motor-up-off-locked. Key off. 360' walk. Key off. Is the motor up & off?

Underway: Check bilge (got water?), is the plug in, motor running smooth. gps start plot, 360' check, check weather, pfd's out & on?, launch/dock lines aboard?, everyone on board?, motor running smooth? Fuel level check.

Needless to say some things are worth double and triple checking.

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Old 07-19-2018, 01:54 PM   #5
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Re: Boating questions- what would you ask?

Great ideas! Thank you!
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:20 AM   #6
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Re: Boating questions- what would you ask?

I would suggest a section on dealing with emergency repairs. Many people don't understand how the systems work and how to fix or work around the issues to finish the trip and safely return. Things like electrical issues, loss of electronics, loss of steering, engine failure in heavy wind and/or seas.
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Old 07-24-2018, 09:51 AM   #7
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Re: Boating questions- what would you ask?

First and foremost,
Is the Bilge plug in before backing boat up into a body of water?

2) How to properly communicate with Coast Gaurd or other rescue dept.’s.

3) Know the limits which your boat was built for.

Just because it floats doesn’t mean you can cruise the 7 seas.


Condolences for your families loss.
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:00 PM   #8
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Re: Boating questions- what would you ask?

I think it is risky in that it could be a liability to you and your sponsors without a good disclaimer.
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:27 PM   #9
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i think it is risky in that it could be a liability to you and your sponsors without a good disclaimer.
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Old 07-29-2018, 01:05 PM   #10
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We all start somewhere and sometime. Some of us grew up boating and/or had training by Red Cross, USCG course, military. I STRONGLY recommend a certified USCG course.
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:15 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the suggestions and ideas!!
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:33 PM   #12
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Re: Boating questions- what would you ask?

How to properly set anchor and retrieve. How to discover which direction wind/current is taking you.
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:02 PM   #13
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If you are not getting a USCG certification then you need to go on a boat with someone that knows what they are doing and have them ease you into it. Their a lot of boat owners, but very few people that can be called boat drivers.

My suggestion above and also tell them how to navigate in and out of channels using the markers. I've seen boats ground out from lack of knowledge of the area/tide.
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