Before You Go On Your Boat: Safety Tips You Must Always Follow

Here at Thunder on the Gulf, we care very much about the safety of boaters and mariners everywhere. We wanted to give you a few safety tips to keep in mind before you ship out. Always remember that your safety is paramount above all else.

So if you want to take your boat out or to rent out a boat, here are a few safety tips to remember:

Check the Weather

No matter how placid or seemingly safe a body of water is, that can easily change with bad weather or even strong winds. This is why it is always important to consult weather channels and sites to determine if today would be a good day to head out on your boat.

If the advisory says that bad weather is ahead—even if it doesn’t really look it—we hope that you follow the advisory anyway. It is better that you lose a single day out on the water than to lose your life entirely, right?

Tell Someone Your Location

If you are going to go out on your boat, it is important that someone knows about it. It can be a loved one or a friend; it could even be the staff at the boating association that you are part of. This is important in case of freak bad weather.

If someone knows that you are out in the water, they will know right away what sort of help you’ll need in case they cannot contact you.

Always have Safety Gear

Safety is always of utmost importance. No matter how much experience you’ve had over the water or behind the wheel of a powerboat, it is always good to wear safety gear. Do not let luxurious shots on Instagram or glamour shots on magazines fool you. No matter what, it is always important to have safety gear—especially if children are in the picture.

What other safety tips do you know of? Let us know!

Water Speed Choices: What Sort of Boats Can Be Used for Racing?

When you are interested in making use of boats for leisure or for competitive purposes, it is important to be aware that there is more than just one type of boat or powerboat. Today, we wanted to share a few examples of boats that can be utilized for racing.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Rowboats

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A rowboat is often affiliated with the idea of idyllic dates on peaceful ponds or lakes. They are also affiliated with the idea of safety. A majority of lifeboats on big ships are rowboats as they are sturdy, easy to handle, and is powered by the people that are within in.

It utilizes oars. In a competitive setting, a rowboat can actually be long—long enough to hold a full team. In a dragon boat, there is often a coach and even a drummer onboard to keep the pace of the rowing.

Yachts

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Yachts come in a couple of varieties. There are ones which possess engines and there are those that are solely reliant upon sails. They can be used for relaxed and luxurious cruises and they can also be used for racing purposes.

A majority of the races that are held over vast open water make use of yachts as they can comfortably hold several people during the duration of the race.

Powerboat

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A powerboat is a water vessel that has a specifically built motor to power it. While they can be used for leisure, they are mostly used for racing. In fact, a majority of the races that are held in Florida make use of powerboats. This is due to the fact that they are a good fit with the waters that are abundant in the area.

These are only a few of the boat options that you can choose for racing purposes. Which ones are your favorites? Let us know.

Knowing the Good: What Sort of Benefits Are There for Joining Boat Teams?

When you have a desire to spend a lot of time in a boat and over water, it is only a matter of time before you will want to test your mettle against other boaters. Luckily, there are a lot of boat teams that are looking for new members.

Today, we wanted to share what sort of benefits you can obtain if you actually join a boat team for your particular water craft of choice:

Camaraderie

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Certain boats require full teams in order to operate, much like dragon boats and row boats. If you happen to join such a team, you can be assured that you will be getting heavy doses of socialization and interactions will people who share the same interests as yourself.

The camaraderie that is shared by people who go for sports like boat races cannot be understated. You get to learn not just from your own actions but through the thoughts, actions, and decisions of other people that should realistically have the same goal as you.

Physical Fitness

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Of course, the largest and most sought after benefit would have to be physical fitness. Anyone who has spent time on a boat will tell you that it is not for those that just enjoy sitting back and letting the boat itself do all the work. If that’s the case you might as well just stick to driving on roads.

Boats require a lot of focus and physical movement—especially if you are going to be a part of a boat team that joins races and competitions. In order to be one of the best, you need to be in good physical condition. Isn’t it great that you can combine both through boating? The more you go on a boat, the better your fitness gets. The better your fitness gets, the better you can handle a boat.

These are some of our favorite benefits to joining a boat team. What are some of yours?