Boating Basics: Episode 4 Driving

Discover Boating's 5-Part Video Series

May 2023 Feature NMMA's Boating United

Learning how to drive a boat for the first time can be fun and rewarding. Get started with a beginner’s guide for operating a boat, 6 Tips on Driving a Boat, powered by Progressive®. Follow along for advice on how to attach a boat’s engine cut-off switch (ECOS), how to operate the throttle and trim a boat, and how to steer, slow down and avoid collisions. Plus, find tips on how to deal with different situations that could impact operation, such as wind, waves, and current. Always be cautious of speed, and remember, with practice comes confidence!

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