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VolsOut4Harambe
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Any tips for a first time boater?
Rented a 24ft party barge for my friend's bachelor party next weekend on a lake here in GA. I've never driven a boat before and while it seems easy I know there are techniques and etiquette standards that need to be followed.

Any tips for good boating and how to not be annoying/an a-hole on the water to other boaters?


CherryConstant
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
Wake the shite out of Saban's camp.


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Parmen
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
Make sure you put women and children first on the lifeboats.


jimbeam
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
That should go swimmingly, no pun intended


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Remulan
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
You want to be as drunk as possible. Unlike driving a car, you actually drive a boat better while drunk.


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Pectus
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
Outboard Board


Ingeniero
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
No wake zones are just a suggestion


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SouthEndzoneTiger
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
Make sure some who HAS driven a boat before does the driving. And if you don’t have anybody on the trip who has, then why would you plan that? Get somebody who knows what they are doing.


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BayouCatFan
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
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Any tips for good boating and how to not be annoying/an a-hole on the water to other boaters?



Not ruining everyone else's family weekend with bachelor party nonsense would be a good start.


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Ron Popeil
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
Keep both hands on the wheel.


Deep Purple Haze
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
sell it


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Dead Man Walking
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
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I've never driven a boat before and while it seems easy I know there are techniques and etiquette standards that need to be followed.


Your 1st time will look like this.




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SEClint
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
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Outboard Board


If you want helpful answers, if you want entertaining ones, then ask the OT.


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Slagathor
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
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Rented a 24ft party barge


What are you gonna do? Retake Omaha beach? Should have dropped a little coin on a kick arse drag boat named "Suck my Wake".
This post was edited on 5/22 at 3:29 pm


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OweO
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
You never driven a boat before? I've driven a boat before and.. Well.. you know, evidently I can't do anything..


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WizardSleeve
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
1.) Only go as fast as you are wiling to hit something. Remember boats do not have brakes. This is especially true around docks or the launch. GO SLOW. Neutral drift is your friend.

2.) Do not try to board the boat with the motor running.

3.) Watch the depth and dont hit anything. Remember the motor sticks down a lot deeper than the hull. When in doubt, go very slow and tilt motor up. Never run the motor high enough where it can't draw water in for cooling.

Everything else is pretty much like driving a car. Dont turn too fast it will flip, etc.


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JohnDoe00
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Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Feb 2019
142 posts

re: Any tips for a first time boater?
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Rented a 24ft party barge for my friend's bachelor party


Hire a captain to go with it. It would be much more fun for you to enjoy the party with everyone. Especially if you've never driven a boat before. Handling it with a bachelor party will be stressful.


LSURussian
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
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Any tips for a first time boater?
Port is left, starboard is right. Bow is front, stern is the rear.


Tbonepatron
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re: Any tips for a first time boater?
You should seriously look into a boaters safety course if you have no experience boating.


Sao
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University Park, TX
Member since Jun 2009
40109 posts

re: Any tips for a first time boater?
Remember the life jacket rule of thumb is 1 pfd for every 3 passengers. Just an FYI in case water fuzz pulls up.
This post was edited on 5/22 at 3:30 pm


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