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Boat on water in severe weather
  • To prepare the boat to handle severe weather:
    • Slow down, but keep enough power to maintain headway and steering.
    • Close all hatches, windows, and doors to reduce the chance of swamping.
    • Stow any unnecessary gear.
    • Turn on your navigation lights. If there is fog, sound your fog horn. If you have radar, use it when visibility is restricted.
    • Keep bilges free of water. Be prepared to remove water by bailing.
    • If there is lightning, disconnect all electrical equipment. Stay as clear of metal objects as possible.
  • To prepare your passengers if caught in foul weather:
    • Have everyone put on a Canadian-approved lifejacket or PFD. If a lifejacket or PFD is already on, make sure it is secured properly.
    • Have your passengers sit on the floor close to the centreline. This is for their safety and to make the pleasure craft more stable.
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