If you’re a first-time boat owner or are thinking about getting your first boat and don’t have a look of experience operating one, here are a few tips that will help you make your first trips safer and more enjoyable.

Regular Boat Servicing

Getting stuck out on the water in a boat that won’t start is never fun and can also be very dangerous. So, it’s important to make sure your boat is in good working condition and ready for use each time you go out.

If you’re boat has been sitting in the yard for a while, and hasn’t been used, it is a very good idea to have it checked and serviced at a boat service centre.

By keeping your boat running well, you will not only stay safe but ensure you can relax and have more fun out on the water each time you go.

Keep It Safe

Boating can be an enjoyable and low-risk activity, but like motorised activity, things can go wrong quickly.

Be sure you are aware of all the boating rules and safety regulations, and spend some time learning how to operate the boat before you get too adventurous.

Ease into boating with short trips that don’t take you too far out into open water. Don’t start off with a long-distance cruise or an overnight camping adventure.

Prepare For The Type Of Activities You Want To Try

If you’re still in the process of getting set up with the boat and equipment, be sure to have a clear plan of the type of boating activities you want to do.

This way you can make sure that you set yourself up with the right type of boat and gear for the activities you intend on doing.

Take time to speak with experience boaties and staff at boating stores to get advice on what you need.

Know The Weather

When you’re all set up and ready to hit the water, be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast. It is best to watch the forecast in the days leading up to, and on the day, of your boating trip.

If there is any potential risk of bad weather or storms that could hit while you’re out on the water, it’s best to know about it before hand and make the call on if it’s safe to go.

Life Jackets

Make sure you have the correct Personal Flotation Devices for your boat and the type of water you are heading out to.

Be sure that you have enough onboard for everyone and that the sizes are correct.

These should also be checked regularly to make sure they are in good condition. The last thing you want to find out in an emergency is that you don’t have the right PFD or that they are falling apart.

Plan Ahead

Regardless of if you’re heading out for a quick spin or a long weekend, plan ahead for your boating trip and make sure you have the supplies you need.

Do you have enough fuel for the trip? Do you have food and water on board?

Create yourself a checklist that you run through before each day you head out on the water.

Have Fun

The whole reason we all get into recreational boating is to have fun and share time with friends and family.

So, remember to relax and enjoy the day. Don’t be in a rush to get out as you might overlook some essential supplies or miss the pre-launch check.

This can often result in an unwanted incident or breakdown.

Take care out on the water and be mindful of other boaties and people using the area.

If you need advice on anything related to getting your first boat, drop into our store and have a chat to our team.