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Tom’s Tips About Inlets

By Tom Neale - Published July 10, 2008 - Viewed 784 times

1. Boat handling in inlets often involves special and extremely critical skills.

2. For example, you may have to deal more with stern seas that have a tendency to push your bow under, flipping your stern around and/or over.

3. You may have extra need to know how to use your power to safely control the boat. Proper use of throttle may help in a following sea and an oncoming sea. For example, too much power in an oncoming sea can cause you to flip. Judicious use of power in a following sea may help avoid broaching.

4. You may have to determine the best angle to meet incoming waves. With many boats the wave is best met at a slight angle off the bow. But in and inlet, you may not have that option.

5. There are too many variables to go into details, but you should learn these details, in a safe manner, as they apply to your boat and the inlet.

6. If you have a potentially dangerous inlet in your area, get training from experienced qualified people as to how to handle it, both as to the characteristics of the inlet and as to the characteristics of your boat.

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