Boating is immensely fun, just ask any one of 321 Boat Club’s members. If you’re a novice boater, have no fear. Welcome to Captain’s School. Now that the kids are off at school again, it might be time for you to learn something new on your own. Here at Captain’s School, we’ll teach you in one blog the basics of getting started on your dream of becoming the master of the boat.
- You don’t drive a boat. You maneuver a boat.
- Turning a boat is easy, but different than what you’re used to with driving a car. When you turn a boat you’re turning the rudder, motor or stern drive. The turn is slower but that doesn’t mean the boat is not moving. Give it time and you’ll get going in the direction you’re aiming for.
- Stopping a boat is a bit harder as well because of the laws of physics. If you just turn off the motor the boat will still glide along the surface of the water until the friction stops it. If you want to stop at a certain spot, begin slowing the boat down and put it in reverse to keep from slamming into the dock, or to simply maneuver the boat where you want it.
- A no wake zone means that you cannot create a wake while driving your boat. Essentially you can’t go fast. There are a lot of reasons for this, wildlife, busy areas, etc. but it’s important that you only run the boat at idle speed until you reach the wake zone.
Learning how to maneuver a boat is an exciting experience that can last you a lifetime, and bring your family joy and endless things to do on the weekends. If you’d like to learn how to maneuver a vessel, sign up for one of our classes. We’re happy to teach you all the ins and outs of boating.