Boating 101 – A Beginner’s Guide To Getting On The Water

Boating Guide for Beginners

The wonderful world of boating is always full of surprises. In fact, we are prepared to bet that you’ll never have two identical days on the water. But before you can confirm that, you need to actually get on the water. If you’ve just got yourself a new boat, then you’ve finished the hard part. Now you need to turn your mind to the more practical matters of boating. And that’s where our boating guide for beginners can help!

Don’t be left high and dry: the first step for beginner boating trips is to get a tide guide!

Estuaries, creeks, and rivers are all perfect testing grounds for the beginner boating enthusiast. They offer calm conditions, protection from the wind, and you’re never too far from land. But there is one thing to be aware of: tides. Some creeks and rivers have long, deep, and easy to navigate channels. Tide isn’t so much of a worry for those systems. However, smaller systems and the mouths of larger systems normally present one of the most common hazards for beginners’ boating trips: sand bars. At low tide, these can hide under mere centimetres of water. And there’s no ruder shock than a sandbar during an otherwise uninterrupted cruise. So keep your tides in mind – know your low and high and always stick to deeper water.

If you’re heading out to sea on a beginner’s boating trip, you must be on top of the weather

If you feel like you’re ready to head into unprotected waters, then you simply must be on top of the weather. No boating guide for beginners would be complete without some advice on picking the right weather. Choosing your weather is a bit of an art, and you’ll quickly come to realise that the forecasts can only get you so far. That’s why, if you’re a beginner planning an offshore boating trip, you should look for wind below ten knots, and seas below one metre, at least. Also, you need to be sure that your boat is up to the challenge, and your safety gear is up to scratch.

Before you go boating, you need to back a trailer! Here’s a quick beginner’s guide to the boat ramp

Backing a trailer is the first challenge for beginners’ boating trips, but with this quick guide it shouldn’t be too hard! All you need to do is use your mirrors. If you see more of your boat in your left-hand side mirror, turn the steering wheel slightly left to correct it, and vice versa. That’s the easiest way to keep your boat straight. It also saves you straining your neck!

Two stroke or four stroke? Know the difference before you fuel up and hit the water!

The two stroke versus four stroke debate has been raging for years, and we aren’t here to comment either way! But what we will say, is that it’s vital to know the difference. Two stroke engines require oil to be premixed in the fuel according to a certain ratio. Four strokes do not. If you have a two stroke, you must premix your fuel otherwise your engine will overheat and seize. That could put an end to your debut trip in a very unfortunate fashion!

A boating beginner’s guide to bar crossings: avoid them at all costs!

Finally, let’s talk safety. It’s imperative that your boat’s safety gear meets all the regulations. You can find those regulations on government websites, and we have a few lists on the topic as well. But no matter how well stocked your safety gear is, you should never attempt a bar crossing as a boating beginner. Bar crossings are very dangerous and even the most seasoned boaties come unstuck. It’s just not worth the risk – at least not until you have some solid experience under your belt!
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