Boating Basics

Boating Basics is just that, the basic facts you should know about boating before making a boat purchase.

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Do Catamarans Have Bow Thrusters?

When you are trying to navigate a boat like a catamaran into or out of a tight dock slip or other space, sometimes it can seem like it is nearly impossible to navigate. It is especially true when trying to get a boat to move sideways towards either the port or starboard side. It seems crazy to drive a boat like a catamaran forward and backward to get the vessel into position. So, do catamarans have bow thrusters to help with maneuvering?

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A Complete Guide To Boating Buoys And Markers

Driving down the road, we’ve all seen the various signs that help direct traffic. But how do you know where to go when you’re in a boat? Boat buoys and markers, that’s how. Boating buoys can be confusing, though. There are many different types and many meanings, including telling boaters where the rocks are so they can be avoided, for example. You can see that the importance of knowing your boating buoys is not only vital for safe boating but could save you from being involved in a shipwreck.

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Staying Safe On A Catamaran: 24 Essential Tips

When you’re heading out on the water, having a good time is usually the first goal. I mean, let’s be realistic, most people who plan on going out on a boat are thinking first of the fun time, and second about safety. And if you’re intending to go out on a catamaran, depending on what type and size of the cat, there’s going to be some different circumstances that you’ll want to pay attention to for your own safety and the safety of those you have with you on board.

A boat sits parked in its slip

This Is WHY Boats Back Into Slips

Wondering why boats back into slips? Well, wonder no more my friend, Captain Jer is on the case! By the end of this article, you’ll not only know why it’s a good practice to back your boat into a slip but also a lot more about boats, slips and a few handling tips too so ride along with me and dive into why boats back into slips.

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Are Bass Boats Good For Shallow Water?

As fishermen, we know the importance of being able to navigate your boat in shallow waters. After all, the shallows will present a lot of opportunities to make a nice catch. But it’s essential to know the limitations of your boat. If you get too engrossed in fighting the fish, you can quickly bring the vessel too close to the shore.

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