Boating Best Practices
TMCA BOATING GUIDELINES
These are guidelines, techniques and ideals the TMCA boating community should strive to implement. We are setting the standard for boating safety, knowledge and courtesy.
- Safety and Boat Handling
- Maintain the appropriate safety equipment required for coastal boating for your vessel.
- Get your annual Vessel Safety Check through the United States Power Squadron or Coast Guard Auxiliary (schedule online or via a local squadron or flotilla)
- Know and exercise the proper rules of the road.
- Practice marlinspike, line handling & tying often to stay proficient
- File a Float Plan when cruising and remember to close the plan upon safe arrival
Preparation and Maintenance
- Maintain current local charting and be aware of hazard waypoints
- Review weather and tide forecasts prior to leaving the dock
- Maintain your boat per appropriate servicing schedules
- Always check fluids, oil, batteries, safety equipment, VHF radio prior to each voyage – check mooring lines for chafing, wear and tear.
- Be cautious, considerate, and communicate when overtaking other boaters
- Be mindful of your vessel’s wake and give a “slow bell” when required to ensure you don’t cause harm and./or injury to persons or property
- Offer assistance to other boaters (docking, disabled on the water) when safe to do so
- Follow the rules regarding discharge of sewage, oil, fuel and trash in your marina, Clear Lake, Galveston Bay or wherever you travel
Sharing and Volunteering
- Share boating experiences with others, including identifying new water hazards
- Offer to buddy boat with new members if you are experienced
- Participate in local volunteer boating events to enrich someone else’s life
- Volunteer to do something in the club, whether big or small
- HAVE FUN!!!!!
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