Finding the perfect classified ad with the perfect boat when you are a first time boater may seem a difficult task. To help you in your quest for that right boat, there are a few things to consider.
Finding the right boat is more than just locating one for sale on one of the many online classified ad sites. It is all about knowing what is truly important to you. You need to decide whether you will be using the boat for your own private use, fishing, or cruising. You should consider your family’s opinion, since buying a boat for your own personal needs without consulting your family might lead to disappointing experiences or less time spent on the water.
As a rule, boats fall into five categories, they are fishing boats, power boats, sailboats, personal watercraft, and human powered boats. To help you find the perfect boat, lets look at some of the features offered by each.
Fishing boat designs come in many forms. The boats that are meant for shallow waters of inland lakes and rivers are not the same as for deep seas and the Great Lakes. There are many different boat designs, even boats that serve no other purpose besides fishing.
These boats normally have stowage and holders for bait, fishing poles, tackle, and even tanks to hold live fish. Other types of fishing boats feature an open platform where anglers can fight fish all around the boat.
Power boats are the most popular. The designs of power boats are as varied as their uses. Boats with seating in the front are called bow riders, mainly used for towing skiers or rafts. Most boats can also be used for fishing. If you want to do both, there are ski and fish combinations available.
When you first learn to handle a sailboat, it can be quite a challenge, although very rewarding as well. A sailboat requires more skill and knowledge to operate than other types, although they are also considered more rewarding once mastered.
Among sailboat designs, the single masted sloop is the most popular design. For those who only boat on occasion, catboats, daysailers, and dinghies are small and easily trailered.
When you finally decide on the perfect boat for you, look at what each one offers and how you plan to use it. The perfect boat for you is out there, Find the one that best matches your needs, and an online classified ad site is the best place to start.Basic boating course
Boating is a great adventure being enjoyed by many on a daily basis, but with that comes great responsibility. It’s not mandatory to do a boating course, but there are some good reasons to be informed about the rules of the road.
- 1) You will learn about safety equipment and what you are required to have on your boat before you take any boating excursion. Important because what you don’t have could make the difference betweenhandle a situation or not.It will protect you if the sheriff stops you to spot check your boat and fines you for not having safety equipment required for your specific boat.
- 2) As you will learn, driving a boat is quite different from driving a car. You are dealing with air and water currents. If you have never docked a boat you might think it’s easy, until the current is pulling you in the opposite direction you want to go. Understanding air and water currents will help you learn to dock your boat.
- 3) Knowing how to work with lines and tying knots is part of boating. You must be able to secure a boat properly. If your boat gets away, it is amazing how quickly the current will take it out of reach and you will probably need help from another boater to get to it. So learn your knots.
- 4) You’ll learn what the channel markers mean. If not you’ll learn the hard way the first time you head out and run aground outside the markers. You also must know what the red and green markers on the poles are. This you also learn on the course.
- 5) There are speed limits on some water ways, but unlike roads, they may or may not be posted. Ignorance may not be enough to get you out of a ticket.
- 6) Using charts for coastal navigation can be a life saver. It’s your road map that keeps you away from the shallows and shows where all markers and bridges are. By using measurements, you can calculate the distance and time it takes to get somewhere. It’s a valuable tool for navigation
- 7) Just like on roads, there is the right of way. On a boating course, you will learn who has the right of way and why.
- 8) Every boat should have a horn. You may hear one long toot, or 2 short toots and so on, and you’ll know what they mean.
- 9) There are boating laws and
regulations that must be followed by all boaters, for example, sitting on the bow of the boat with your feet hanging over board is not allowed. There are many more regulations to learn and no knowing them can cost you.
- 10) Anchoring a boat is not just a matter of plopping it down to the sand. There is a mathematical technique applied that has to do with the size and length of your boat . Knowing how to do this correctly will give you the self confidence of knowing your boat is secure until you want to move it.
There are many ways to enjoy pleasure boating, such as the fast pace of ski boating or the slow pace of a trawler, kayaking or canoeing. In whatever way you do it, it’s a good idea to know the rules of the road. Then you can avoid potential problems and enjoy the fun of being out there with all that sky, sun, water, family and friends. Enjoy