Tips About Dealing With Poor Seamanship

By Tom Neale, 2/5/2013

1. Keep in mind this is ultimately about avoiding property damage and, even more so, personal injury.

2. Often those people who truly don’t know better (even though they should), do want to learn, and will, if you can communicate with them in a friendly manner, be most appreciative of constructive help or advice.

3. Remember that subsequent legal issues, should there be a collision or grounding or other problem, can also be a nightmare.

4. Making a record of what happened and reporting it to the appropriate authority in a timely and professional manner (usually right away) may be very helpful.

5. Making a record can include thorough notes and photos or videos, but this should not be done by the person in control of the boat or in a manner that would interfere with proper control and operation of the boat


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