Customer Tips: Navigating Inlets: Always--and especially in the spring--put safety first.
Confidence, common sense and good boat handling skills help ensure your and your crew’s safety when running an inlet. Keep in mind these common sense rules of thumb when heading in or out an inlet.
Even with the added security and added safety of a solidly built Grady-White boat and the phenomenal seakeeping of a Grady-White's SeaV2 hull, it is wise to be very careful around any inlet, especially early in the boating year.
First and foremost: All passengers should have their pfd's on and be securely seated beforehand.
Especially after winter storms and during spring’s first outings, make certain the inlet channel hasn’t shifted. Inlets are subject to strong tides, waves, currents and coastal storms that can change the way you need to navigate safely very, very quickly. Consult the best information possible. Talk to experienced captains who run the inlet daily, your Grady-White dealer, the Coast Guard's Local Notice to Mariners or you can also try calling the Coast Guard or your boat towing service.
When you do enter an inlet (many of which can be crowded, especially on those first nice, warm spring weekends), stay to the right, watch your speed (and wake), and be aware that other skippers may not be as conscientious as you are.
Enjoy your Grady Days out on the water in safety! Happy boating!