One of my favorite boating conversations with fellow boater Dave Bice is when I ask him if he’s got a sailboat is underway in the fog, and he says no. He then launches his sailboat and we go for a sail. It soon turns into a powerboat sound signal as he pulls into a turn and starts sailboating. It makes me grin every time.
I don’t know why, but it’s just plain fun. A powerboat is underway in the fog – What sound signal should you hear?
One day, he slides on his flotation device and falls out of the boat. No serious injuries, but it was an ache to his ego. The next day he slides back in without flotation and starts screaming because his flotation device was not there! That’s when he said to me, “Sailboat is Out Of The Fog.”
I tried explaining to him that the boat had slipped through the fog on a previous trip and he responded
“No, the fog is Ahead of Me!” I asked him why he said that. He said, “I don’t want to be out there looking for the boat. I want to be where the action is.” That’s when I thought, “You can’t be out there looking for the boat!”
I have to admit I get excited just hearing the word “sailboat” in the boating world. A sailboat is basically an open boat, with no means of propulsion other than the wind. Most sailors refer to a sailboat as a “sail” or “sit in the saddle,” while those out on a powerboat refer to it as a “sail” or “sit in the driver’s chair.” Powerboats do not have sails. It is the motor that propels the boat.
For more information about sailing and boating safety, check your local boating store or visit their website. It is a good idea to purchase a lesson book from them. After learning how to operate the boat, you will be ready to take it out on the water. I recommend that you do not try to navigate the boat on your own! This could turn into a very costly mistake!
If you have never used a flotation device before, do yourself a favor and purchase one before you set out on your adventure
Even though I have driven a powerboat, I never used a flotation device while out on a lake or river. In the early days of my boating career, I would use life vests and a seat belt for my safety. Today, I would not even think about attempting to drive a vehicle without a flotation device! I know that this may seem silly, but it really does pay off in the end!
I am a strong believer that a boat should be equipped with a flotation device for just such an occasion. In an emergency situation, it is nice to know that we have a resource for staying afloat until help arrives. With a flotation device on board, you can simply float down until help arrives. Then you can talk to them about what you did to get yourself back afloat!
So remember that if your sailboat is underway in the fog, you need to have a flotation device on board
This will save your life in the event of an emergency. Plus, it will allow you to sail the boat again! !
When you are sailing the boat, you obviously cannot see very well. You have to rely on the stars and the moon to navigate your boat. But remember that if it begins to rain, you are going to lose all sight of the coastline! Have a flotation device on board to catch some rain water and keep yourself dry! It will be your best bet out in the storm.
The only real problem with having a flotation device onboard is that it will slow you down
As a result, you might want to consider slowing down as well. But this is a personal preference. You have to decide how much slower you want to go. Remember that if your signal flashes, and the boat come in on the signal, you are going to need to stop immediately!
It is important that when you are out in the ocean that you take extra care when the signal flashing and you have to turn around in order to avoid wrecking the boat! Most people forget about the importance of a flotation device on board. They think that they are safe as long as they can see clearly, or that they are somehow protected from the elements. But remember that in the event of a serious accident or collision, a flotation device is what you need to save your life!