Tuesday 28 June 2016

Safe Boating Tips as a Family with Kids

Navnit Marine Private Limited

Boating can be one of the most enjoyable ways to spend time together as a family. Family boating is a great way to slow down the pace of your daily life – getting back to nature, cruising to new destinations and making family memories that last a lifetime.

Of course boat safety should be at the forefront of all family boating activities. The number one concern for families with kids on a boat – especially young kids – is to keep them safe around water. Whether at the dock, anchored out or going on a cruise, you want to make sure they are comfortable and safe on the water and on a boat.

Here are some boat safety and cruising tips to keep in mind for families boating with kids
Boat safety with a baby. Many people wonder if it is safe to have a baby on a boat. As with kids of any age, boating with a baby is safe as long as you take the proper safety precautions. Use an infant life jacket that is sized correctly for a baby. We use an infant life jacket labeled “Infant” that is less than 30 lbs. Never cruise with your baby strapped into a car seat or other device that doesn’t float.

Kids should wear life jackets on or near the water. Young kids should always be in a life jacket if they are near the water. We make sure that the minute we start walking toward the dock we put our four year old daughter into a life jacket. Young toddlers that tend to wander a bit walking down a dock can get easily distracted and fall into the water. Younger kids that don’t necessarily understand water safety yet should be in a life jacket on a dock or even sitting in the cockpit of the boat.

Safety Boating Tips for Kids

Have enough life jackets for friends. As kids get older, they are going to want to bring friends onto the boat that will need to wear a life jacket. Or, if you invite friends to your boat with young kids you’ll need to make sure you can accommodate them with appropriately sized youth life jackets. You should make sure that you have extra life jackets for a variety of sizes on board for toddlers, kids and adults.

Teach kids how to swim. This is more of a preventative measure, but ensuring your kids know how to swim is one of the best ways to be safe around water. Of course accidents can happen to even the best swimmers if they are careless, but kids that know how to swim will be safer and give you more peace of mind. But even as kids learn how to swim, life jackets or other Coast Guard approved swimming jackets (such as Puddle Jumpers for toddlers) should still be used.

Cruising safely with a baby or kids. One of the biggest challenges of family boating is how to cruise with kids so that everyone is comfortable and safe. As a rule, you should always have two adults on board so that one person can focus on operating the boat and one person can focus on keeping the kids safe and comfortable while cruising.

Always put our baby in a lifejacket and held the baby while cruising. Most babies will drift off into a deep sleep as soon as the boat starts moving. And a life jacket with a head support (mandatory for all infant and toddler life jackets) has the added bonus of a built-in pillow to support the snooze cruise. Again, never cruise with a baby strapped into a car seat that doesn’t float. The safest place to have a baby when cruising is in your arms.

It is also important that young kids always wear a life jacket while cruising on a boat. But even on 41 foot boat we require all kids under 13 to wear life jackets while we are cruising. You never know when the boat might hit a large wake a knock a lightweight kid overboard – so we personally feel it is better to be more cautious than the law enforces.

If boat is a fast moving cabin cruiser, so also have a rule to stay seated while boating. There is always an adult seated next to a kid – either holding them tightly or with an arm around them (depending on the child’s age). If your boat is bigger and handles the water well for a smooth ride, you might also be down in the cabin during a cruise with kids. If you have a larger boat (41 feet) with a nice stable cruise, so you can often go into the cabin and take a nap in the aft cabin bed (the most stable part of the boat). But as a rule never let kids walk around in the cabin of the boat alone during a cruise. For smaller boats, it is not recommended to have anyone in the cabin while cruising.

Keep kids entertained during cruises. When kids are bored or restless they can get into trouble. Make your family cruises fun for kids by keeping them interested and entertained. Let them sit at the helm with the captain. Get them involved with the cruise by pointing out markers or landmarks and teaching them about how to follow charts as you navigate through your cruise. Have kids watch the waves or wake behind your boat and make hitting wakes from other boats something fun by saying “hold on, here comes a big one… weeee!” You can keep younger kids entertained by letting them hold onto a special toy to keep them company or showing them picture books to keep them occupied during the cruise.

Safety Boating Tips for Kids

Sun safety for kids and adults on a boat. Sun protection should also be considered an important part of your boat safety practices as a family – and sun safety on boats for kids is especially important. Getting sunburn after spending a long day on the water will not only ruin your day, but it will also increase your risks for skin cancer. Make it a rule to lather up with sunscreen several times throughout the day. Keep shaded by spending time under your canvas and wearing hats and sunglasses.

Docking a boat safely. Maneuvering your boat in and out of a slip with kids on a boat can be a bit challenging. Typically one person should be in charge of operating the boat and one person should be in charge of watching the kids. If you have younger kids, the captain may have to handle the lines and operate the boat alone while the “first mate” tends to the kids. If you are juggling multiple kids, another option is to have them safe in the cabin while two people assist with the lines and docking or leaving a slip. Then, bring the kids back out into the cockpit before you get underway (wearing life jackets of course).

To be safe, also make sure kids know to remain seated and keep hands away from the side of the boat (particularly when passing pilings). Make sure you have a plan when docking your boat or leaving the slip, and then communicate it to the entire family so everyone knows what they should or should not be doing to be safe.

Another consideration for boating families is if the first mate is expecting. Boating while pregnant is safe with proper precautions, but plan for less cruising the further along you are in pregnancy. If you have a smaller boat you may not want to go cruising fast and will definitely want to avoid hitting wakes. Docking can also be a challenge, as a very pregnant first mate should avoid navigating a bow and reaching for lines.

The most important thing to remember is that a safe boating family is a happy boating family. If you make boating safety a routine practice for your family then your boating activities and cruises will be much more enjoyable for everyone. Establish rules for safety, make sure everyone knows the rules on your boat and always continue to stress the importance of boat safety as a family.

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Tuesday 21 June 2016

What To Do If Your Boat Capsizes


Boat capsizes are actually more common than you realise. If you are a small vessel operator, whether power or sail, then it is a good idea to be prepared for this type of emergency.

Why Has My Boat Capsized?

A boat is called “capsized” when it has overturned or is floating on its side. Smaller vessels are more likely to capsize due to their sensitivity to sudden changes in wind and sea conditions. Luckily, most boats will remain floating in the capsized position, enabling you to be supported by them on the surface. Boats often capsize when overloaded, in heavy seas or adverse weather conditions, or if pushed beyond their design limits.

What Should I Do If My Boat Capsizes?

If your boat capsizes then the most important thing to do is remain calm and conserve your energy by floating.

If you have passengers or crew then take an immediate head count and ensure everyone is wearing their lifejackets and stays next to the boat.
Only leave the boat if it is in a dangerous position and heading towards a hazard. The reason why you should stay with the boat is because you may be able to right the vessel and get everyone out of the water. Also, rescuers will be able to spot a larger object more clearly.
If possible, climb on top of the vessel to exit the water and retain body heat. Alternatively, use anything to hand that will help you remain more buoyant in the water – this will assist with conserving your energy.

How To Signal For Help If Your Boat Capsizes

Getting help is the next step. The most important thing you can do before your trip, is to file a float plan and have a designated person on shore who knows when to expect you back or hear from you. They should alert the emergency services once you are overdue and they have not been able to contact you.
Another way you can prepare before the trip is to ensure you are carrying proper signalling devices on board in a grab bag. Signal flares or smoke flares will assist in your rescue. Make yourself as highly visible as possible by wearing bright clothing. Try to make the vessel appear larger on the surface by tethering objects to it. Make sure to save the flares for the moment when they are most likely to be seen by rescuers.
If you do not have any means of communication or signalling devices then it becomes a little more difficult to attract attention. As mentioned above, try to make yourself and your capsized boat as highly visible as possible to rescuers.

Precautions In Case Your Boat Capsizes
  • Be prepared for a boat capsizing by making sure you have a grab bag on board with emergency signalling devices.
  • Make sure you file a float plan and have a designated shore support person.
  • On board, make sure items do not shift around and accidentally capsize the boat.
  • In rougher seas, take waves head on or at a slight angle. Use low power and do not turn suddenly
Safety Precaution Tips - Boat Capsize


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Tuesday 14 June 2016

Bayliner Tackles Fishing Market


Bayliner is well known for its family-friendly range of bowriders with the 175 one the biggest selling boats in the world. The brand has a strong name and reputation for no frills affordable boats and now it has turned its attention to the fishing market with the release of the Element F16 and F18. Built on the highly awarded M shaped Element hull, these centre console fishing boats represent a completely new direction for one of the world’s biggest brands.

The F16 and F18 come on the back of the development and release of the Element and Element XL. They were developed as a solution to the ever increasing cost of boating and designed from the ground up for new boaties. The hull performed extremely well, was stable at rest and was competitively priced.

It’s that hull which now underpins the F16 and F18 fishing boats. Bayliner has added a large centre console with storage underneath, a forward facing seat at the front and generous inbuilt rod storage either side. There’s a grab bar running up and over the windscreen and dash space for a sounder. The helm seat is a bench style with a built in cooler underneath the cushion and what appears to be an adjustable backrest which can be swung so you can sit conventionally or facing the back of the boat.

Bayliner Element Yacht for Fishing in India

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Tuesday 7 June 2016

Buyer's Guide To Bowriders


When you’re in the market for a new boat, by far the biggest choices you’ll come across while shopping are with bowriders. These boats have an open bow seating area and will likely be based off of a "Deep-V" hull. This will likely be the group you’ll look at first if you want a trailerable boat for basic watersports, fishing and day cruising.

Here’s what you need to look for in a bowrider:


Most bowriders will feature an L-shaped lounge in the cockpit to encourage conversations among guests, but there are a number of different configurations available. The helm should reflect the boat’s personality and should offer clear sight lines and a comfortable, adjustable captain’s seat with a natural-feeling throttle position. Make sure the dashboard is easy to see from the seated position and that the switches are mounted where you won’t accidentally bump them. Take the time to examine the bow seating (even if you will be doing all the driving) to ensure a comfortable backrest angle and good use of space for legroom. Easy-to-reach grab rails (particularly important for those new to boating) and cup holders are a nice touch.


This is one area where you can really express your own personality because you will find everything from the tamest white on white gelcoat to graphic decals that convey a wilder sense of adventure. Colored hulls are beautiful from the water, providing a more aggressive-looking profile. Upholstery and deck coverings can also provide stylish accents. Snap-in carpets provide a nice compromise between easy to clean and easy on the feet. In the world of boating, you’ll hear the term "fit and finish" often. This refers to the quality of the build, especially in places you might not see, and it will have a big impact on your satisfaction down the road. Open hatches, inspect hardware, remove cushions, and look "under the hood" to see the boat builder’s attention to detail. Well-constructed boats hold their value longer if properly maintained. Make sure to check for plenty of storage as well. One thing to look for is whether storage compartments are well finished and hinged for easy access.


By all means, ask for a test drive to make sure you’re buying a boat that meets your basic performance needs. Many times the lowest advertised price on a boat will include the smallest recommended engine package. That may be fine if you and your spouse will be the only ones on the boat, but consider moving up in horsepower if you’ll be pulling tubers and waterskiers with a half-dozen people on board. No one has ever regretted having a little more punch than they thought they needed. But that doesn’t mean you have to go with the biggest engine package...look for the "sweet spot," which is almost always the middle option. When you’re behind the wheel, don’t be hesitant to open the boat up and see the approximate top speed. You won’t run at that speed very often but it’s nice to know. More importantly, see how the boat tracks (maintains its course) a comfortable cruising speed. You also want to check how the boat turns at speed. 

Buyers Guide to Bowriders

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Saturday 4 June 2016

Princess 35M Wins World Superyacht Award


The first Princess 35M, Antheya III, has claimed the top prize at Boat International’s World Superyacht Awards in the Semi-Displacement & Planing Two Deck Motor Yacht category. Boat International said: “The judges particularly admired her exterior design, which incorporated a variety of functional areas in which to relax and dine, as well as her contemporary yet ageless interior. Additionally, the judges found a high quality of construction and excellent technical, service and crew areas. A well balanced yacht indeed.” Antheya III is the second Princess M Class to claim a prestigious World Superyacht Award with the first Princess 40M, Imperial Princess, winning in the Three Deck Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts category in 2013.


Following on from the global success of our flagship, the Princess 40M, the new 35M will be a semi-custom motor yacht capable of cruising both at high and low speeds with an impressive long range and outstanding efficiency, while providing expansive deck areas and comfortable and spacious accommodation for owners, guests and up to six crew.
With a spacious flybridge, alternative seating and sunbathing area on the foredeck and an innovatively designed aft cockpit and transom area which has been designed to create an informal ‘Beach Club’ feel there is also ample space to enjoy life on deck.
A sizeable gross tonnage of 243gt the new Princess 35M provides exceptionally generous accommodation, relaxation and entertainment areas throughout. Full height windows to port and starboard in the vast saloon create a wonderful sense of space and light and can be enhanced with hydraulically folding balconies with sliding doors on either side. Below decks the flexibility of the design also affords the owner the opportunity to choose from a number of different layouts.


Length overall (excl. pulpit) 115ft 4in (35.15m)
Beam 23ft 11in (7.3m)
Draft (at full load) approx 6ft 6in (1.98m)
Displacement approx. 131,600kg (290,100lbs)*
Fuel capacity 3,450 gal /4,150 US gal /15,700l
Water capacity (excl. calorifier) 385 gal/462 US gal/1,750l

Princess 35M Superyacht Award Winner 2016

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