Most people who drive a car are likely familiar with the customs and traditions of courtesy on the road, but not all recreational boaters are aware that a similar code of conduct exists on the water. Learn how boating etiquette can make boating even more pleasurable — for you and your fellow captains.
While you’re blissfully cruising away, your vessel is kicking up disruptive waves, otherwise known as wake. Those waves might be fun if you’re a surfer or a wake boarder, but for other boaters, they can be annoying and potentially even dangerous. Besides being a rude interruption, a speeding vessel’s wake may cause damage to other boats and even injure passengers. Consider these common wake mistakes and how to avoid them, courtesy of Boating magazine:
Speed, efficiency, and consideration are the bottom line to minding your manners while launching and docking your watercraft.
Proper launching and docking techniques are essential knowledge for any watercraft owner.
Pollution ruins the water for everybody. It kills fish and wildlife, detracts from the beauty of the landscape, and contaminates waterways. Respect the water by being an environmentally friendly boater.