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    Default Rookie Mistakes

    Hello everyone,

    I'm working on writing an article for PDB magazine about the rookie mistakes we all make as boaters. What rookie mistakes have you guys made that could have been avoided?

    I'm so excited to hear your thoughts!


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    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Pendleton, SC


    I pulled my 2017 Suntracker out from under the carport to clean it. I raised the bimini to the halfway position to make it easier to walk around the boat. I forgot to put it down before backing it back under the carport. Completely destroyed the bimini frame and tore a couple of holes in the canvas. The new frame was a lil over $1000. This happened 3 months after purchasing a brand new boat.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2012


    Probably, the most common is forgetting to put the plug in.
    Second might be leaving the tie-downs attached to the trailer,
    and can't figure out why it won't launch?
    2000 Bennington 22

    Boston, Ma
    Belmont, NH

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Denver, North Carolina


    Pulling in to dock too fast, getting nervous, and over correcting.
    Carl & Suzi
    2007 Bennington 2275rl tri-toon
    150 Honda 15x15p Enertia
    Power assisted steering
    Beautiful Lake Norman
    Pleiku Vietnam 1971
    Agent Orange

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    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Boat at Lake of the Ozarks Missouri


    Well EmilyFitz:

    Thanks for asking. All of us would definitely like to see more interaction from the PDB staff into the thoughts of the forum.
    Not much posting going on over the Holidays so I'll throw this out.

    After many years of V-Hull boating I bought a small sailboat. It was a 12' hull with a dagger board and single mast/sail.
    Of course as a self proclaimed seasoned boater, I "knew" how to handle any situation, (I thought); but forgot to stay right side up.

    Out there in the cove, within sight of our dock, I was sailing along; (Humn, that would make a good song) when I tried to tack.
    Oh boy - lets see, dagger board down, shift your weight, watch the wind tell tale,, easy on the rudder - and into the drink I went.

    I think I sailed it 3 or 4 more times and then "for sale" and back to the stink pot I/O V-hull. I loved that SeaRay. Still have her.

    So just when you think it's safe to get back in the water - you will. A few V-hulls later we discovered pontoons - then tritoons.
    I'll stick to what I do best. (better? - pretty good? - well I'm on the dry side of the boat)

    Last edited by Captain Tony; 01-10-2019 at 11:03 AM.
    Captain Tony
    2005 Summit by Triton - 220T Platinum 3Log
    2005 115HP Mercury Optimax - 228 Marine Master Trailer
    St. Louis & Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2018


    Not putting the maximum size motor on my new boat.

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    Not properly securing dock lines and then they, on a breezy day with kids in the boat 'somehow' become loose and wrap around the prop.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2004


    Quote Originally Posted by Oublaj View Post
    Not putting the maximum size motor on my new boat.
    Good point. Probably the most common mistake when buying a new boat. And so much more costly to upgrade later on. Do it right the first time and enjoy...

    St. Louis/Lake of the Ozarks

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    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Bensalem, PA


    I keep my dock lines attached to my boat. I always coil the loose ends and secure them to the rail to keep them out of the water when underway.
    Last edited by Gil; 01-14-2019 at 08:25 AM.
    Gil W.
    2018 Godfrey Sweetwater 186C
    2018 Mercury 20HP ELPT (lake limit)
    Lake Nockamixon, Quakertown, PA

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Raystown Country, PA


    Having one foot on the dock and the other on the boat, a surefire way to take a swim. Either be on the boat or off the boat, don't put yourself in between. Remember cold water kills. These are safety things but also rookie things.

    I keep my dock lines on cleats up on the outside of the railing on the deck at the 4 corners. I keep the back ones just short enough that they won't reach the prop.
    1992 Tracker Party barge 24 (new deck, carpet and interior, 2019)
    1996 Mercury 115 ELPTO
    1983 Sea Nymph FM171 Striper
    1985 Johnson 70 J70ELCO

    Raystown Country, PA

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