Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
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.
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.
Night Time Lights
|Small Craft Advisory |
Winds in the range of 21 to 33 knots (24 to 38 mph) which are conditions considered dangerous to small boats.
|Gale Warning |
Winds in the range of 34 to 47 knots (39-54 mph).
WX-1 ..........162.550 MHz
WX-2 ..........162.400 MHz
WX-3 ..........162.475 MHz
Recreational boaters are given access to these VHF channels:
|Intership safety communications only|
|Communications between boats (commercial and recreational), and ship to coast|
|Communications between ocean-going vessels, bridge tenders, locks, and tugs while towing|
|Distress and safety calls to Coast Guard and others, and to initiate calls to other vessels|
|Public telephone calls (to marine operator)|
68, 69, 71
|Recreational boat radio channel and ship to coast|
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