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Decide whether to go to shore or ride out the storm.

  • If possible, head for the nearest shore or harbour that is safe to approach. If already caught in a storm, it may be best to ride it out in open water rather than try to approach a shore or harbour in heavy wind and high waves.
  • Head the bow into the waves at a 45-degree angle. PWCs should head directly into the waves.
  • Keep a sharp lookout for other boats, debris, shoals, or stumps. Take action as necessary to avoid a risk of collision.
  • If the engine stops, drop a "sea anchor" on a line off the bow to keep the bow headed into the wind and reduce drifting while you ride out the storm. In an emergency, a bucket will work as a sea anchor. Without power, a powerboat usually will turn its stern to the waves and could be swamped more easily.
  • If the sea anchor is not sufficient, anchor using your conventional anchor to avoid drifting into dangerous areas.