Once in the boat, it’s a good idea for all passengers to avoid standing. Small boats can easily become unstable, and when people and/or dogs are sharing the space, the danger of capsizing increases.
Hunters should stay seated while shooting so they can brace themselves for the gun’s recoil. Standing up in an unstable boat will raise the center of gravity and only make the boat less predictable.
When setting decoys, be careful not to lean too far over the sides of the boat.
Anglers should stay in a seated position during casting so as not to lose their balance. A jonboat is a good example of a boat that is not made for standing.
Some boats, like bass boats, are specially designed and weighted for standing, just be sure to keep your legs spread for stability, lean against a seat where possible, and wear a life jacket.
Landing Fish or Fowl is one of the most critical moments in your boat is when you try to retrieve your fish or waterfowl. Your blood is pumping, your heart is racing, and everyone in the boat is leaning over to see what you’ve got.
That’s the moment that the weight of the boat can change suddenly, and before you know it, you’re all wet.