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What should you do in a severe storm in your boat?

What should you do in a severe storm in your boat?

If caught in severe weather, the Coast Guard advises:

  1. Reduce speed to the minimum that allows continued headway;
  2. Make sure everyone on board is wearing their life jacket;
  3. Turn on running lights;
  4. If possible, head for nearest safe-to-approach shore;
  5. Head boat into waves at a 45-degree angle;
  6. Keep bilges free of water;

What is the best way to minimize the risk of drowning while boating?


  1. Make sure every baby, child, teen and adult wears a personal flotation device (PFD), such as a life vest.
  2. Obtain information about water and weather conditions in advance when boating in unfamiliar areas.
  3. Avoid drinking alcohol, whether you are a boat passenger or operator.

When caught in severe weather How should you move your vessel?

If already caught in a storm, it may be best to ride it out in open water rather than try to approach a shore or harbour in heavy wind and high waves. Head the bow into the waves at a 45-degree angle. PWCs should head directly into the waves. Keep a sharp lookout for other boats, debris, shoals, or stumps.

How do you drive a boat in a storm?

Ride Out the Storm As your riding out the storm, be sure to approach waves at an angle to lessen their impact on your boat. Large waves should be approached at a 45-degree angle, and instead of driving in a straight line, you should zig-zag with the waves toward the dock.

What is the problem with using your boat engine to drive into a trailer?

NOTE – While many people drive the boat onto the trailer, it isn’t advised. Using the engine to assist trailering erodes the ramp bed, can lead to debris being sucked into the engine, and can cause an accident! Make sure you drain all water from the boat – the bilge, the live well, the trailer lights, etc.

What behavior is 40 of boating deaths?

Boating under the influence is still a significant issue on Canadian waterways and is a factor in approximately 40% of boating-related accidents and deaths in Canada. Remember: Consuming alcohol and not wearing a life jacket can be a deadly combination.

What is the single most important thing a boat operator can do to prevent drowning?

Ensure everyone wears a personal flotation device at all times to prevent drowning. The single-most important thing that one can do to prevent drowning, is to always where a properly adjusted PFD or lifejacket of appropriate type, size, and fit when on the water.

What should you do immediately if a boat motor catches fire?

If your motor boat catches fire you should try to shut off the fuel supply if possible. You should then aim a fire extinguisher at the base of the fire and summon help immediately.

What option can you consider when severe weather threatens or when your craft is disabled?

Anchoring. Anchoring a pleasure craft is a safety option to consider when severe weather threatens or the pleasure craft is disabled.

Where is the best place to leave your float plan?

Where to Leave Your Float Plan. Your Float Plan should be left on shore with a responsible person, or with the local marina. That way, if you don’t return from your trip, the person with your Float Plan can use the information to help rescue teams locate you.

What must be on board and available for inspection by enforcement officers whenever a registered vessel is operated?

The original Certificate of Registration (registration card) must be on board and available for inspection by a law enforcement officer whenever the vessel is operated.