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Passenger positions in severe weather

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 boat's navigation lights. If there is fog, sound your fog horn as instructed in Unit 2.
  • 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.

Prepare your passengers for severe weather.

  • Have everyone put on a USCG–approved PFD. If a PFD is already on, make sure it is secured properly.
  • Have your passengers sit on the vessel floor close to the centerline. This is for their safety and to make the boat more stable.