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5 POPULAR BOATING MYTHS DEBUNKED

Boating is an outdoor activity loved by many. Some popular beliefs and whisperings are actually not true. You can’t really believe much of what you here. Here are some popular boating myths debunked.

MYTH: INLAND WATERS ARE LESS CHALLENGING THAN THE OCEAN

The very fact that lakes are not as open as the ocean makes them more challenging. Because a lake is surrounded by land, and because the water is shallower, the waves in this body of water have the tendency to be steeper than you may think. The waves are also closer together. Due to the fact that the waves bounce off the shores, they amplify each other. This can make the waves quite irregular and the lake waters quite treacherous in foul weather.

MYTH: DON’T RUN YOUR BOAT IF THE FUEL IS BELOW 50%

This myth comes from the fear that the boat’s fuel system might suck impurities stuck at the bottom. In the first place, all tanks draw fuel from the bottom all the time. So, this is another myth that is plain rubbish. The easiest way to ensure a clean tank is to avoid junk entering in the first place.

MYTH: WAXING THE BOTTOM OF YOUR BOAT MAKES YOU GO FASTER

Many racers who are actually looking to add speed consider this unfounded. In actual fact, rough bottoms actually make the boat faster.

Some speed boaters even opt to sand the bottom of their boats, since the rough surface stops the surface adhesion to the water. This helps propel the boat across the water more effectively. Hence, the boat can travel across the water much faster.

MYTH: IT’S OK TO GET A LITTLE DRUNK ON BOAT

Many people who go on boating trips think it’s okay to drink while out in the water. As long as their boat operator isn’t drunk, they’ll be safe. However, this is not the case. Yes, a sober operator can steer the boat well. But, he or she can’t control the actions of the drunk people onboard.

When tipsy, people have a hard time maneuvering around, and more so on, constantly moving surfaces, such as a boat. These passengers can experience a bad fall on board, or, worst case scenario, they can fall overboard and even drown. So, to be on the safe side, it’s best not to drink any alcohol while on board. or at least drink in moderation. Drunkenness always leads to problems and danger.

MYTH: PFDS ARE UNNECESSARY IF YOU’RE A GOOD SWIMMER

This is one boating myths you mustn’t ever believe. Personal floatation devices or life jackets save lives. It is that simple. They are also required by the law. This myth is pure bulldust.

The problem with boating myths is that they often repeated and continue to thrive like a virus. They can be dangerous or plain stupid. When you hear someone spout off, think about it for a while because myths often contradict common sense.

If you really want to know more, learn by attending accredited courses and politely ignore everyone who always seem to have an opinion or story.

 


 

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John Steele
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John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.