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    Judy for booking at (503) 984-3437, or

    Willy at the Lunker Line to talk about all your fishing dreams. (425) 533-1785

    Boating Etiquette

    No matter what kind of boat you may have, be courteous and try not to clog up traffic at boat ramps and fueling areas. Load and unload your boat before you approach the boat ramps. This will save much time and you won't make enemies. If you can help someone launch his/her boat or help that person to tie up at the docks, you have made a friend. Get in and out as quickly as you can.

    Boaters should be courteous to other boaters and bank fishermen. A person rowing a Driftboat should avoid rowing hard through water that a bank fisherman is fishing. Row lightly and quietly by a fisherman so as not to disturb his fishing. A boater should not troll through water that a bank fisherman is fishing. If a boater anchors his boat in a place that someone is fishing, it will disturb the fish; a person running a boat should not run his boat in front of an individual fishing when he/she has a fish on! A boater should not tie up a fishing spot for a long period of time if it is one of the few spots that a bank fisherman has to fish. Try to make as little as wake as possible when you're motoring by another boater or by someone on the bank. Sometimes you're better off to have your boat up on plane, which makes a smaller wake than when you're moving at a slower speed. A wake close by other boaters or fishermen wading in the water can get a person wet and unbalanced or cause someone to fall out of a boat. Remember too, that you are responsible for any damages caused by your wake. It is also a good idea to learn the rules of the road if you're going to be handling a boat while underway. You can obtain books on maneuvering from the coast guard auxiliary, at many boating stores and online. Many of your state marine board offices carry information booklets related to safe boating.

    Remember to help someone in distress as long as it is safe for you to do so. Or call for HELP. A boater should not refuse to help another fisherman across the river or to help a bank fisherman land a fish, within reason (BE SAFE). experience that I hope will never happen again was when a bank fisherman cast a 5-ounce lead at one of my clients; it hit him on the leg and made his leg swell up. I'm glad it didn't hit him in the head or it would have killed him. Another time, it was amazing to watch a boater drop his anchor and purposely catch a line belonging to bank fishermen. This is a good way to start a war!
    A person running a boat should keep his eyes on the water in front of him at all times. Running a boat is no different than driving a car. The Coast Guard frowns on drugs or alcohol and your boat can be confiscated or you may be arrested.

    Familiarize your guests with safety and emergency procedures before leaving the dock. Explain fueling procedures, docking and undocking plans, etc. Make sure someone onboard is able to take over for you and operate the VHF radio to ask for help should you become disabled. By being up-front, honest and direct with your guests, everyone onboard will have a safe and more pleasurable trip.

    When anchoring your boat, make sure you have the right length of rope, which is at least a minimum of 3 feet for every foot of depth of water you're in. Allow enough distance away from other boaters so as not to interfere with them and cause them to be pulled off their anchoring. It's also important to have the right size and type of anchor. Sea anchors are sometimes important to have if you're anchored when wind comes up; it will keep your boat straight and not move you from side to side.

    If you're using spot lights aboard your boat, don't aim your light at another boat. And if possible, when you're getting ready to launch or take your boat out of the water, don't use your headlights--use your parking lights. Other boaters waiting to launch or to take out their boats will not be blinded and will thank you.

    The skipper is always in charge; he is responsible for the safety of the vessel and crew. Most skippers are quite relaxed but sometime things happen suddenly, requiring action. Your skipper can quickly become very formal and firm; if this happens, PAY ATTENTION and STOP TALKING, because your safety and the safety of the vessel may be at risk. Understand what needs to be done and help in a timely and safe manner.

    One very helpful duty crew can do while underway is to assist in keeping watch for other vessels and junk in the water, even if not asked to help. Sails can hide a large vessel for a long time. Hitting a log or another vessel can really mess up the trip.

    Remember, you are a guest on the skipper's vessel.

    Call ANYTIME for reservations or even just information.

    Lunker line:425-533-1785 "White Water" Willy

    You can also e-mail: wrayfox@gmail.com


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