How to navigate bad weather in small boats

Boat handling tips for a smoother ride in rough weather

Getting a smoother ride in rough weather can be as simple as changing your angle of travel.

When I’m out and about on the water, I see so many people put unnecessary wear and tear on themselves and their vessel. Simply by travelling on the wrong angle in rough weather.

Boat handling tips to get a smoother ride in rough weather out of your small boat.

First up, you need to look at the design of your boat.

For example Punts like my blue boat (below) often have a flat surface up front. This is not ideal for taking waves on the quarter or from straight ahead.

These kind of vessels are more designed for flat water and do struggle in the chop.

That said they are very stable and can take several adults standing on one side without appreciable listing.

 

Flat bottomed punts can be uncomfortable in rough weather

Flat bottomed punts can be uncomfortable in rough weather.

 

Vessels like our Bonito have more a V nose. While not as stable at rest, are far more comfortable in a chop.

There are of course limits to all small boats. This is where navigating angles can play a part ensuring you have a smoother ride.

In this short video we explain the best angles to use when navigating rough water. Because a short detour can save you time (as you can travel faster) and reduce wear and tear on both your boat and your passengers.

Even if it takes a bit longer, your passengers, especially those up the front of the boat will thank you!

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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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