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#327909 - 07/12/07 01:11 PM First Time Boating Blunders  
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One of my machinists asked me what problems he would encounter boating for the first time. He was thinking of buying a 17’ runabout, and never was more than a passenger. I first told him a Boater
Safety Class would be the best of many investments, then he asked what misfortunes I experienced on my first boating events. My first warning that I was a “Rookie’ was when the boat slid off the trailer as I launched it, and I went for the BRAKE! Beyond that I think dings in the prop were my biggest enemy the first season, followed by the failure to anchor properly and drifting into shallow waters with no depth sounder. If you can remember the first season please share some “Events” I can pass along. This could be a fun thread.


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#327912 - 07/12/07 01:16 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: nyminute]  
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- Running out of gas. \:\(

- Not tying down my bimini and loseing it somewhere on the hwy. Didn't know it until I got home. \:\( \:\(

- Running into shallow ground. \:\( \:\( \:\(

- Not getting into boating sooner. \:\) \:\) \:\) \:\)


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#327940 - 07/12/07 02:45 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: Hockey Family]  
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For us it was more of a trailering blunder:) We have never trailered before and did not know how much space is needed to make a turn. We had our trailer/boat hopping on side walks a couple of times. We've gotten the hang of it now and can actually back it up to our spot very well:)

Last edited by F.J. & Catherine Abaya; 07/12/07 02:46 PM.


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#327945 - 07/12/07 03:11 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: F.J. & Catherine Abaya]  
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If his 17 footer is powered by an outboard, make sure the outboard is tilted up before launching and pulling out on the trailer.

Make sure the drain plug is in.

Pet peeve:
Don't follow in other boaters' wakes. Especially if they're pulling a person(s) on a tube or other water sport item. Even 200 yards is too close. You'll close that gap in a matter of seconds if the person falls in the water.

Learn the rules of the road on the water. Don't make it up as you go along.

Make a 360 degree scan at all times. Don't get tunnel vision on only what's in front of you. If you don't pay attention, you WILL have an accident with another boat.

Don't run formation with another boat... ever. They'll turn right into your path right when you look down or away.

Observe the launch and retrieve protocol at the ramps.

That's just for starters...


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#327947 - 07/12/07 03:40 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: Big Mo]  
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Drain plug in!!! I haven't launched without it yet, but came close. This goes along with transom ties removed when plug goes in.

Trim up before pulling out. I have the scraped skeg to prove it. (grinding noise will let you know that you forgot. )

When trimmed up in a cove, don't forget to trim down. Scared the %^$# out of us on Lake Mohave when we pulled anchor and I hit the gas. Boat didn't go. Duhhhh.

Various dings in prop from getting into shallow water and not trimming up.

Not noticing our boat drifting (didn't set anchor well) while fishing. A little ding in gelcoat from kissing a rock.

My biggest rookie mistake was not noticing when yougest daughter removed PFD when reaching over bow to pet dolphins (it was too uncomfortable). Watch the children and rookies. Even if they start out obeying the rules, they will slip up and you as the captain have to be on top of the situation. Lucky for me it was calm seas.

Those are my first year mistakes. There would have been way more if not for the help from BABC members.

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- Not getting into boating sooner. \:\) \:\) \:\) \:\)


+1

Agree with Big Mo's pet peeve list.

Prep in the parking lot and take your time. DO NOT prep on the ramp, PLEASE.

Keep your head on a swivel and keep your distance. We came close to another boat once on a busy lake. Both captains had "head up @$#itis". Me included.

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For us it was more of a trailering blunder:) We have never trailered before and did not know how much space is needed to make a turn. We had our trailer/boat hopping on side walks a couple of times. We've gotten the hang of it now and can actually back it up to our spot very well:)


Practice backing before you jackknife the trailer. We saw a driver backing an empty trailer (harder to see) and before you could say anything, trailer was sideways and truck tail light was toast.

Relax and have fun.

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#327953 - 07/12/07 03:57 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: Semper Fi 75]  
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My two biggest....

1) Don't forget to put the drain plug in, and

2) Don't forget to bring the keys....especially on Mother's Day


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#327956 - 07/12/07 04:01 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: waterlogged]  
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Thinking I had the bay all to myself one afternoon, then realizing that low tide means lots of little unseen sandbars.


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#327959 - 07/12/07 04:12 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: Just Bob]  
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My biggest and most costly boating blunder was buying 2 feet too small.


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#327962 - 07/12/07 04:13 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: WaterMutt]  
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 Originally Posted By: WaterMutt
My biggest and most costly boating blunder was buying 2 feet too small.




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#327975 - 07/12/07 04:42 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: Chicago4Winns]  
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Stepping on the kill switch lanyard and pulling it out, followed by the panic attack when the boat won't start.


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#327977 - 07/12/07 04:46 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: 2Suns]  
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My golden rule: This is supposed to be a fun and relaxing hobby. whenever you get stressed out remember, you're boating!!

There are MANY worse things you could be doing.


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#328018 - 07/12/07 07:35 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: 2Suns]  
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I let the tide go out and was left grounded . . .


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#328026 - 07/12/07 07:49 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: tpenfield]  
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First time out went a little shallow in some mud and it stopped the motor. Jumped in to 50 deg water to make sure the prop was clear and pushed into deeper water. Got in and it wouldn't start. Back in the water to check the prop again and make sure it was ok. Back in the boat and it still wouldn't start.

Boats only start in neutral.

Later the same year I was told to stay away from a floating jug in a cove. No one told me to stay to the east side of the buoy/jug. Bent a prop shaft and prop.


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#328032 - 07/12/07 08:10 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: Silverbullet]  
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My first time out, I undid ALL the straps, including the front one, and the boat slipped part way off the trailer into gravel as I was backing it down the ramp. I had some friends out for a ride to a bar on the Ottawa river, meeting others at the bar.
The boat was too heavy for the five of us to push back on the trailer, so I had to call the others from the bar to help push it back on.
Only a broken transducer mount, and bruised pride resulted. A good day was still had!


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#328051 - 07/12/07 09:23 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: Hermione]  
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Not enough power, particularly torque.

Getting a two stroke O/B you may get away with it. Do not try it with a four stroke O/B.

Most 17' run OK with a 4 cyl I/O but get one with power steering.

Almost all that buy a sightly bigger boat seem to keep it longer, slightly bigger and a V-6 I/O are more of a "keeper" set-up for most new boaters. Power steering is standard with a V-6 and V-8 I/O engines.

#328053 - 07/12/07 09:28 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: 2Suns]  
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 Originally Posted By: 2Suns
Stepping on the kill switch lanyard and pulling it out, followed by the panic attack when the boat won't start.


Same thing happened to us the first time we took the boat out after we bought it. I had the engine hatch open, jump starter in hand. Man was I embarrassed.


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#328102 - 07/13/07 02:50 AM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: 2Suns]  
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 Originally Posted By: 2Suns
Stepping on the kill switch lanyard and pulling it out, followed by the panic attack when the boat won't start.
Amen to that, right in front of another BABC member too.

#328117 - 07/13/07 06:56 AM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: trooplewis]  
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Running out of gas.

Finding out the hard way that the pontoon's Bimini top was too tall for going under a particular bridge.

Discovering the drain plug was not inserted half way between the ramp and the dock, and having to go to shore to bail out a jet ski with a styrofoam cup.

Disembarking from the bow of a bowrider, and as the result of catching my swim suit on a cleat, finding the bottom in two feet of water with my head rather than my feet.


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#328223 - 07/13/07 03:42 PM Re: First Time Boating Blunders [Re: Jim_R]  
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I did everything right my first day of boating; launching, boating in general, pulling my friend on skis, never hit anything, trailering went well--

Second day of boating involved spending the night. Imagine my horror when I awoke to find--NO BOAT! It was 3 miles away on the other end of the lake...

That's when I learned how NOT to tie up for the night!


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