Encountering Other Boats
Weather can change very rapidly and create unexpected situations for boat operators. Even meteorologists have trouble predicting rapid changes in the weather. You should always monitor weather developments. One way is to tune into the frequencies listed below on a VHF radio.
What To Do If Caught In Foul Weather
Put on personal flotation devices (PFDs) and make sure they are properly secured. If there is fog, sound your fog horn. See page 34. Head for the nearest shore that is safe to approach. Head the bow into the waves at a 45 degree angle. PWC should head into the waves at a 90 degree angle.
Reduce your speed. Seat passengers on the bottom of the boat, as close to the centerline as possible.
Minimize the danger of having your boat struck by lightning by seeking shelter in advance of a storm. If caught on open water during a thunderstorm, stay low in the middle of the boat. Secure loose items. Have emergency gear ready.
Keep the bilge free of water. If the engine stops, drop anchor from the bow. If you have no anchor use a "sea anchor", which is anything (a bucket on a line, a tackle box) that will create drag, and hold the bow into the wind.
Weather Warning Display Signals
VHF Stations Broadcasting NOAA Weather Reports
WX-1 ..........162.550 MHz
Recreational boaters are given access to these VHF channels:
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