Great Lakes Angler Blog

How to Handle Your Boat in Rough Weather (Part I)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Most of those who earn their living on the water are familiar with the old adage “mackerel scales and mares’ tails cause tall ships to fly low sails."  Working far from shore, they know to keep a weather eye to cloud formations that portend incoming storms and a test of their seamanship. Recreational boaters can avoid boating in bad weather for the most part by checking the marine forecast before heading out and postponing their cruise until the weather improves. But once on the water sudden severe thunderstorms are still a hazard and can materialize out of nowhere. That’s when seamanship—the ability to pilot a vessel effectively under adverse conditions—comes into play.  It is a skill acquired over time and involves a broad understanding of your vessel and how it handles in different situations and with varying loads.  It also requires knowledge of wind, water and geography, information that can be gained both in the classroom and in on-the-water training. You and your boat need to be prepared at all times. Anchors and rodes should be kept in a state of readiness, along with life jackets and all other safety equipment.   Read Full Story

GlAngler Subscription

Recent Posts


Buff eZSplice Bass Pro Shops Gift Card Mark Zona Niagara Falls Baitcast Fishing Pole BBQ Lighter FRIDAY FUNNIES Knife sharpening USSA Pop-Up LED Bowlights Bristol Bay Salmon Torpedo Divers Ultracoat Fort Wayne, Indiana Bait head Gunnison, CO Costa Sunglasses blue marlin Sport Shows Aqua Vu Side Imaging Mike Seymour TRAC Ecological Delorme Rough Weather RAT FINKEE weather Black Earth Creek Contest Church Tackle Future Fisherman Foundation Reef Runner Line spinning rod Lake Huron Headgear Walleye Owners tournament Radial Wild River series Size limits Streams St. Croix Catch & Cook Jerky Ethanol Bass lure Lead Shock Wave Ice Fishing Gull Lake Marine Catfish Masters Walleye Circuit Ditty bag Magnum Flow-Troll Oakley Sunglasses Raritan Legend Extreme Berkley hardbaits Plano Synergy Grunden's Fiberglass tiller Bethel University Steve Wood Evolve YUM SOG Scholarship Ice Features Lures Silver Horde jigs Dollahon 360 LineGrabber News Power tree stand injury Apps Bait Rigs Line Recycle Bin Jonathon VanDam redfish WFN Northwest Indiana Steelheaders RedHead Tim Popfinger Tyee Swim Whizz Records EZ BoatPort Venice, Louisiana mudsnail Tournament Bass Pro Shops Four-Person Dome Tent with Screen Porch KVD LakeMaster Western States Version Extended Warranty Rovermax LR 100 Smart Guide Publications Up Stream Hydration Back Pack Shipping VMC Whistler Spoon F-Series Storm Gear Walleye tournament Boat US NAIFC Championship Hobie Optima Bait Holder ABT X-2 Countdown USO Boat Covers Storage Practical Sailor Jack Links Tracker Marine Keep Kool Fiberglass boat ice fishing, Bro Show, Traditions Media Brandon Newby Grady-White Dave Mull Traxstech Great Lakes Troller Legend Gold Conservation Minn Kota Blue Collar Outdoors Traditions Media Izaak Walton League Coast Guard Dave Genz Tom Neustrom Video University of Buffalo Spreads Oculus Lowrance Technology Tip-Up Innovative Outdoors Earth Day Gene Larew Kayaks Crankbait Net Bheestie Bag Rugged Shark 1675 Pro Guide Evinrude BoatUS Angler Honda Onyx Wind Power Chaco John E. Phillips Uncle Norm's The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls Dollohan Wisconsin Rippin Lips Slide Moor Beckson EVOLVE FISHING CO CUSTOM JIGS 'N' SPINS Downriggers BASSMASTER Clam Shurhold ASA great lakes Todd Sokolow spoon Stabenow Army Corp of Engineers Fuel Bass Pro Global Spectrum Cannon exotic species Invasive species PRADCO Boat lifts St. Croix Rods Topwater STRATTEC Rushton Gregory Youth Betsy Frigibar Accessories DuraSafe Electronics Lock On board Walleyes Dunkirk, NY Michigan City, Indiana Macho Minnow Bad Elf Turning Point Props NMEA The Harry Lure One-Handle-Does-It-All System Asian carp Tournament Grade Circle Hooks AKOYA Yamaha Forage Minnow McMurdo Reese Telescoping JIggler Long Rod JBL Hamlin Jeff Wenzel South Haven, Michigan Autotether Speakers Home Port Marine Marketing Weather Buoy GPS Speedometer Davis Instruments Promise Keeper Prosepec Electronics Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Rain suit OHIO Camera mount Soo Locks Marine Speakers Brite Wash Contaminants JVD Princecraft New Zealand Lake Superior Kindle book Lake trout cruzin Endura Olcott, NY Boat names Rapala Footwear Lake Assault Gary Giudice Matt Straw BASSMASTER CLASSIC Thermacell ABT iPad Jeff Gustafson Kurt Mazurek Holland Rig'N Tails LOTSA WeatherStation Clay Dyer Bass Green Bay Martin-Flory Side Thruster Gill NA Fishing Clubs Plano Tackle Boxes Chatterbait marlin New York Tommy Skarlis Yamaha ATV Aqua-Vu ATV Lights B.A.S.S. Cabela's Quantum Husky Jerk Andrew Semprevivo Vick Brian Brosdahl Lighting Gear Sportsman's rights Wildlife Forever Scott Martin ODNR Ranger Boats Volvo Penta Team Aqua-Vu Rippin' Lips Smartfind S20 Personal AIS Beacon Sun protection Jeff's Tackle Shop Strike King National Guard Lock Marine Lighting Bristol Bay USCGA Costa Boats Mr. Twister Ditch Spencer Yachts CLASSIC Wounded Warriors Indiana DNR Multitools Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing Nautical Snow-Shoe Tip-Up EZ Splice Fasteners GPS for Lightning Connector Rescue DuraSafe Lake Ontario Gravity Costa Del Mar Ranger Hobie Pro Angler Swanson-Russell Bro Brosdahl Aluminum Deep V Series Sunstream Boat Lifts TRAC MATE USA BOLT Padlock Manistee Custom Jigs & Spins PLB Synergy Outdoors Barry Brown Marine PulseTech Ryan Kleckner Pro Polish Whale Pumps Soul5 Tackle Labs Cliff Pace U.S.S.A. Mag Light Ravenswood Media Brian "Bro" Brosdahl Goby SeaLife Cameras Lake Michigan Chicago barrier MUSHING iPilot Lund Alabama Rig Ascend Safety ONIX inReach Bug bite relief Brown trout Chronglobal Lake Erie Balog SeaEra QC Batteries Boating safety Humminbird ShowSpan Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series Sphaera River Fishing Lund Boats Port of Indiana Homeport Marine Marketing Larson Electronics Marine Radio Iaconelli Alaska Mack's Lure Aquatic AV Ranger VS1780 Tides Seakeeper gyro Games Sheldon's Launch ramp Kill switch News/Social Kayak Northland Wake Fishing Whale MWC Acme Gary Dollahon Sharpeners Angler 175T Triton Boats Ultimate Flannel Shirts Okuma Alaskan Angler Dave Mull Blog iPhone Tools South Haven Soft Jigwobbler Z-Man Micro-Mobile Pro Viewing Case toilet splice iPilot Link Skamania Mania Glorvigen Swedish FireKnife InvisaSnap Mazurek YUMphibian Skarlis Fish Hawk XD4 Wedding Ring Tournaments Boating Airmar Fish America Foundation BoatUS Hunting Sunglasses Bibs Interlux Swim bait Oshkosh Lakemaster Mustad Bob Schmidt Glacier Glove Deep Sea Diver Mark Chmura Radio Moisture Muncher Big Bear Products AmVets Kevin VanDam FLW Tight Lines Jewelry Navigation Odd'ball Fin Spin Salmon Marcum Black Velvet Mosquito repellent Air show Monel Metal LineSnubber binoculars Electronics WileyX Bass Pro Shops Flat Slider 75 Insect repellent LCWCC Muscle Squared 65 Patrick Hurst Plano Knives Bug repellent Milennia MIL-iDock tackle storage Serious Shine Corey Schmidt Boat maintenance Traditions Green Bay, Wisconsin exotic invader Mack's Lures Foul weather gear Multi-species Chargers Michigan DNR Michigan Aqualuma Dogs Trade Shows clubs Audio CMP Global Accon Marine Hevi-Beads Safe boating Insurance Frabill HELLA Slender Spoon Shoes Muskie Lure EZ Dock Shoremaster USCG Rods New Lures Rain gear Marine NewsWire Faria Pharmaceuticals IGFA Trout Unlimited Orca Fin System Shelter dock lines Fishing boat rental treestand injury Rubrail Marsh Madness Matt Serbenski bimini top DSC Titan Chain Salmon Unlimited of Illinois spreader light Ryan Wilson Tackle Bag Normark