Boating can be one of the most enjoyable recreational activities here in Maine. With around 2,677 lakes, access to a lake is virtually a short drive away from anywhere in the State.
Boating safety should be practiced and on top of every boater’s list. Having the proper amount and type of life jacket for each person on board, staying sober while driving, and knowing the navigational rules are all good examples to help ensure a good, safe day out on the water. Boating safety courses are also offered throughout the state.
Boating etiquette is something else each person should practice. Etiquette begins at the boat launch, before the boat even touches the water. Most boat launches are congested, and a level of patience needs to be reached. From the moment you pull into the boat launch area, you should put yourself into a mode of doing things quickly, efficiently, and with the minimal amount of time. Make sure that the boat is full of everything you need before you unload the boat into the water. Don’t load coolers, fishing equipment, etc., into the boat at the launch. This is the last thing people want to see waiting for their turn behind you.
Getting off the lake should be looked at the same way. Often times you may be sitting to wait your turn to get to the dock for loading. It can get hot sitting there waiting so try to be patient and courteous. An opportunity may arise where you might get behind someone loading up that doesn’t have the experience to be efficient. Step up and lend them a helping hand. You may be able to show them something to help them on their next trip.
-Dave Capponi, Member Mid Maine Chamber Bass Committee