Monday, November 29, 2004

10 lessons for the new boater

Posted on Mon, Nov. 29, 2004

I see BoatU.S. Foundation for boating is offering grants for safe-boating programs.

Well, I don't have a swell grant, but I like to think that, in the past 10 years, I have learned enough about boating to give a few lessons. For free.

Lesson 1 | Boats do not have brakes. Usually, you learn this the first time you pull up to a dock. Don't fret. That ding in your lovely new hull is a sign of experience. Me, I have so many dings, other boaters are starting to look at me like I know what I'm doing.

Lesson 2 | Never, ever take a cell phone with you on a boat. A certain newspaper guy has dropped two cell phones into the Intracoastal Waterway so far. I can't afford to lose any more.

Lesson 3 | Big boats always trump smaller boats. Always. If you see a big boat heading your way, slow down. If you decide to challenge it, make sure you have a bailing bucket.


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