If you own your own boat and love it to as much of a degree as anyone we know, then you’ll want to get out and about in it as often as possible.
The wonderful thing about boating is that it allows you the chance to get away from it all, out and about into a world that’s free of the stresses and hassles of modern day life – this is true whether you boat at sea or on a lake. It’s the perfect way to de-stress.
For those of us who lack significant experience handling a boat, shore landing is a must know skill that can greatly ease a lot of the hassles of boating. So, with that in mind we decided to compile a guide to help you shore land on a lakeside or a beach.
- The main thing is to ensure your boat is slow when you’re landing it – otherwise there could be a number of issues regarding your approach. It’s also best if you can ensure that place that you’re about to land is calm and without any really notable waves. Of course, if you use this lake or area of the sea regularly then you may be familiar with the tidal patterns and this is a significant benefit. In addition, try and ensure your motor is away from the sea floor.
- One of the best pieces of advice anyone who has performed shore landing will tell you is that it’s ideal to have someone at the front of the boat to watch out for any issues. Reefs, rocks and other items can cause problems and obstruct a smooth landing. Bring a friend to keep an eye out when you’re learning this technique to ensure there’s nothing in the way.
- Next, slowly encourage the boat towards the shore. For those in a small boat, you may find that you can bring it right up to the sand or the shore itself. Larger boats need to take more care to ensure that they don’t get stuck within the sand itself. Ideally, a large boat should be left around 30 feet from the shore. In addition, be conscious of the tides to ensure your boat isn’t washed out further than this safe distance.
- Turning the boat so it faces the waves is the next step before you drop the anchor – in most cases it’s always best to use two anchors. After some deliberation we asked marine fittings supplier GS Products, who old us that the first anchor is used to secure the front of the boat in the apt direction. It’s best to have around 40 feet of anchor to be certain that it holds and if there are waves and the sea is unsettled, and then it’s best to have more. To hold the anchor, burying it in the sand is the most common solution. However, some find other techniques such as placing it behind the sand dunes is also an option.
- Finally, tie the anchor when completed you can leave it. It’s worth noting beforehand that you should try and place the boat by alone and away from other boats. In addition, always remove belongings from the boat and tie it somewhere that you can keep an eye on it.
These tips should help you ensure your boat is secure and there are no issues when you’re shore landing it.