Michel’s Boating Tips #1

Strong winds near the shore can have a significant impact on vessels, making navigation and maneuvering difficult and dangerous.

High winds can create large waves, making it difficult for small vessels to maintain their course and increasing the risk of capsizing or swamping.

Headwinds can slow a vessel’s progress and make it difficult to make headway, while tailwinds can increase a vessel’s speed but also make it difficult to control the vessel.

A vessel’s handling and stability can be affected by wind direction and strength, making it harder to steer or maintain a steady course.

Strong winds can cause vessels to heel (tilt to one side) which can affect stability and make it difficult to operate the vessel safely.

It is important for boaters to be aware of the wind forecast and plan their trip accordingly, and to be prepared to take action to reduce the risk of capsizing or swamping. This could include adjusting sail, reducing speed, or seeking shelter in a protected area. In case of emergency, boaters should be able to communicate with the Coast Guard or other rescue services. VHF 16 or *16 on cell phone.

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