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Safety first in rougher water!

Thanks to Dave Lear and Saltwater Sportsman for these rougher water boating tips.

  • Slow down. Slower speeds allow better reaction time. Adjust the throttle to ascend/descend waves to avoid taking on water.
  • Use the trim tabs carefully. Too much down tab can force the bow into oncoming waves, while no tabs allow the hull to plane as designed.
  • Keep an eye on the radar or satellite weather. It’s always easier to go around a storm than through one. 
  • Tack into the waves rather than take them head-on, if possible. 
  • Alter your course to take advantage of more favorable sea conditions.
  • Carry plenty of fuel.
  • Know the tides and locations of shoals before running an inlet.
  • Wear a life jacket.
  • File a float plan.