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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

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