Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas, VI
Have you ever enjoyed the pleasure of spending an afternoon boating on a lake or an ocean? If so, then you know how fun boating can be. You know that there is nothing quite like the feeling of being on the water and enjoying time in beautiful weather.
Boating is a great activity for many reasons. First, it is great because it
allows people to be outside in the beauty of nature. There is no better way to
spend a beautiful afternoon than boating. Not only do you get to be outside, but you also get to enjoy being in and on the water. Boating enables you to enjoy the warmth and the sun. It is necessary and helpful for people to get outside and boating is one of the best ways to do that.
Boating also provides time for family and friends to gather and enjoy the
company of one another. Busy families can get away from the rush of work and
activities and enjoy a quiet day away from all distractions. Boating can be a
perfect activity that combines rest, beauty and fun. Friends can come together
for a day or a weekend and enjoy renewed friendship and conversation during a
special boating trip.
A great thing about boating is that it includes several different ways to
have fun. Boating allows you to enjoy the quiet and peace of anchoring at a spot
on the water or you can enjoy the wind in your face as you speed from one side
of the water to another. For many people, boating also means swimming, tubing, and even waterskiing. Once you are out on the water there are so many ways to enjoy the day. You can anchor the boat and spend hour after hour jumping into the water and swimming. More adventurous people will want to try out a tube or a waterski to enjoy boating even more. Some will love the thrill of watching the tubers or the waterskiers from the safety of the boat. Whatever water activities sound fun to you, boating is a great way to enjoy them all.
If you have never learned how to handle a boat you can take lessons and learn
how to lead your friends or family in a boating adventure. If you do not own a
boat and are not sure if purchasing one is right for you, look for a family
member or friend to lend you theirs for a weekend boating excusion. In no time
you will be so excited about boating that you will want to purchase your own.
Your family and friends will look to you to provide the endless hours of outdoor
fun that boating is sure to provide.
Enjoy! From your M/V Capt. Vic Friends at Love City Car Ferries, Inc.
Boating is a great adventure on any type of boat and is being enjoyed by many on a daily basis, but with that comes a great responsibility. It is not mandatory to do a boating course at this time but there are some very good reasons to get your self informed about the rules of the road.
1) You will learn about safety equipment and what you are required to have on
your boat before you undertake any boating excursion. This is very important
because what you don’t have with you could make the difference between being
able to handle a situation or not.
2) You will learn that driving a boat is vastly different from driving a car.
You are dealing with air and water currents. If you have never docked a boat you may think that it is easy, until that is, the current is pulling you in the
opposite direction that you want to go. Understanding air and water currents
will help you learn how to dock your boat.
3) Knowing how to work with lines and tying knots is part of boating. You
have to be able to secure a boat properly. If your boat gets away, it is amazing
how quickly the current can take it out of your reach. So learn your
4) You will learn what the channel markers mean so that you can stay on course.
5) There are speed limits on certain water ways but unlike the roads, they
may or may not be posted. Ignorance may not be enough to get you out of a
6) Using charts for coastal navigation can be a life saver. It’s your road
map that helps you stay away from the shallows and shows where all the markers and bridges are, and by using measurements you can calculate the distance and time it will take to get somewhere. It can be valuable tool for navigation.
7) Just like on the roads, there is the right of way. On a boating course you
will learn who has the right of way and why.
8) Every boat should have a horn. You may hear one long toot or 2 short toot
and so on, and you’ll learn what they mean.
9) There are boating regulations and laws that must be followed by all
boaters, for example, (and I have seen this rule broken so many times) you are
not allowed to sit on the bow of the boat with your feet hanging over board.
There are many more regulations to learn and not knowing them can cost you.
10) Anchoring a boat is not just a matter of plopping it down to the sand.
There is a mathematical technique applied to anchoring that has to do with the
size and length of your boat. Knowing how to do this correctly will give you
that extra insurance of knowing your boat is going nowhere until you want to
move it. Also, for specific regions you can learn where not to anchor in order to protect endangered coral reefs.
There are different ways to enjoy pleasure boating such as the fast pace of
ski boating or the slow pace of a trawler, kayaking or canoeing. In whatever way you want to do it, it is a good idea to know the rules of the road. Then you can avoid potential situations and get on with the fun of being out there with all
that sky, sun, water, family and friends.