Enjoying a fabulous cigar on the open water is a pleasure in which many people love to indulge. If you’re considering taking on boating as a new past time, there’s a few general guidelines to follow that will help you navigate your vessel while following the “rules of the road” and enjoying the outdoors.
Although relaxation is obviously a main priority, opportunities often arise that may require fast acting on your part. So, by all means, kick back, relax, and enjoy your favorite Avanti cigar, but make sure you have a plan on how to handle your cigar safely in the case you may need to free up your hands. There are a wide variety of cigar clips available or you may even consider fashioning one for yourself. Whatever your choice, remaining alert and aware of your surroundings at all times are both extremely important for boating safety.
Understanding the common boating signals will help you communicate properly with other boaters in your area. Signals come in a variety of forms, some which you may find surprising. Horn blasts are clearly a boating communication signal, but even the boat’s location on the water in respect to another boat is sending a clear message. Here are a few basic location tips to help you communicate clearly with other boaters:
- Whenever you are approaching another boat on the water, it is expected that each boat will pass the other port to port, with the “port” side of the boat being on the left. This provides the maximum amount of maneuverability and visibility for each captain to achieve a safe passing.
- If another boat is approaching on the right in an attempt to cross at a right angle, this boat usually has the right-of-way. This, of course, also depends highly on the power and maneuverability of the ships involved. Which ever ship has the lower amount of power and maneuverability always has the right-of-way as making sudden navigational changes is more difficult.
- Knowing the horn blast signals is also very important. One blast means pass port to port, and two blasts means pass starboard to starboard. If you hear three blasts the other boat is letting you know its engines are in reverse, and five or more short blasts are signaling danger.
Having a plan and doing a little preparation will help you to confidently enjoy you’re new love for boating and give you even more time to relax and enjoy a great Avanti cigar.
Do you have any tips for beginner boaters? Please feel free to leave them in the comments below!