Bryan Kolstad — Useful Tips for Boaters New to the Water

Bryan Kolstad is a marine mechanic who has been working in the field for around two decades. He works hard so that his clients can enjoy the water, and he began taking clients in the Maine area shorty after finishing his education. Here are some useful tips for new boaters just starting out.

Make sure you bring warmer clothes than you’ll think you’ll need. It can be cold out on the water and in a moving boat than on land, even in the summer. It’s always a good idea to bring a sweatshirt or sweater if you plan on being out in the boat during the evenings. The weather can change on the water faster than on land as well, so bring a rain jacket or something to keep yourself dry in case of rain.

Don’t speed in your new boat. This is especially true when you’re trying to dock the boat. The throttle can be more sensitive than you initially anticipate, so you need to get familiar with the way your boat operates before you try anything too fancy. When you’re docking the boat, you want to make sure you go slow and steady so you don’t cause any damage to your boat, the dock, or people around you.

If you’re using the boat ramp to get your boat in and out of the water, you need to be courteous to the other boaters who need to use it too. Don’t hog the ramp and take your time; get comfortable with the process so that you can speed things up for others’ sakes.

Bryan Kolstad is a dedicated marine mechanic.