Boating for Beginners - Boating Basics - How to Drive a Boat

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what's going on guys this is gene Jensen

and I find myself on the shores of the

lake of my heart



what's going on guys this is gene Jensen

and I am on the shores of Mille Lacs

Lake in northern Minnesota and we've got

a fairly calm day today

we've turned the camera so you show you

guys but later on this afternoon the

winds gonna pick up and this lake is

going to get really choppy and I think

it's going to be a perfect opportunity

to show you guys the basics of operating

a boat I first of all as a disclaimer

I'm not a boat mechanic I don't pretend

to be one I am NOT a boat expert what

I'm good at is getting a boat on the

water and getting back safely and that's

what we're gonna talk about today so

don't hold any of these crazy little

details like pitch of the prop and all

that other stuff over my head because I

don't understand them and I couldn't

care less

I'll let the engineers take care of that

so let's get into boat boat operation

how to get out of the water how to how

to operate a boat safely and how to get

them back safely

alright so to start with always wear

your PFD

and this little sucker right here this

is the pull cord to your kill switch

when you get knocked out of the boat

your engine shuts off and your boat

stops and it doesn't go away from you

and if very any chance you didn't get

knocked out or you come to you can get

back in your boat and because your boat

will be right there so always hook your

kill switch up to your PFD and always

wear your PFD when that big motor is on

safety and that's what it's all about

all right so let's go over some parts

and pieces of the boat so to start with

they puff this camera off the tripod all

right so first of all here's your

throttle this right here this is your

trim switch this is very important you

use this a lot some boats have the trim

switch and a little almost like a turn

signal whatever a little toggle right

here or right there so one thing to

understand is that every boat is a

little bit different but I like mine on

the handle and I hope to get one on here

one day but it's I just find it easier

to use it on the handle you got your


you got your aerator your pump for your

for your live well bilge pump which as

many times as I've had leaks and boats I

habitually will test it throughout the

day just making sure that the the bills

doesn't have a whole bunch of water in


courtesy lights which is just a light

that turns on here in the cockpit and

then your nav lights and when it gets

after this when the Sun Goes Down you

put your lights out and you turn your

nav lights on so you've got the green

and red light up front and you've got

the light on the back of the boat always

when the Sun is not up have those in

have that turned on alright so once you

have the boat in the water okay and I'm

going to put a link right here to the to

how to launch a boat by yourself which

most most states will let you power

launch at lunch at like I do in that

video but check your state regulations

and check the regulations at the boat

ramp and make sure that you can power

launch it if not there's a different

technique but

have rarely come into into contact with

a boat ramp that wouldn't let me at

least idle off the the trailer but

anyway so you put the boat in the water

you get it out away from the the boat

ramp you get it past the no wait

buoys and then you're ready to take off

you're ready to get it up on plane so

what you do is you take and you run that

hit that trim switch all the way down

okay I say your trim is all the way down

take this sucker up and I'm gonna

explain this before I do it you push the

throttle all the way forward or most of

the way forward you get it up on plane

and I back off a little bit because I

hardly ever run my boat at full speed

but you can run at full speed and if you

want to run it and see how fast it'll

possibly go what you do is you go ahead

and floor your your your throttle all

the way down and then hit that trim up

and that trimmed will lift the the front

of the boat and then you lift it up

until your boat starts to to porpoise

just a little bit you'll feel it just

barely start to start hopping if you're

not going over top of anyways trim down

just a little bit and it'll stay up on

planer to give you your top speed what I

typically do is I will get it up on

plane I'll come off the throttle a bit

just to save gas and I don't need to get

anywhere fast and then I will we'll just

cruise and I'll hit that trim up just a

little bit again until it starts to

porpoise and then I'll come back down

slower speeds it porpoises earlier with

less trim faster speeds you can trim it

up a little bit more and a little bit

more and it's just a matter of feeling

playing out with your boat I remember

years ago I was captaining a a high

school know in high school it was a

junior bass masters back in the day and

me and Ryan were sitting there on the

point Ryan was fishing and I watched a

brand new bass boat across the lake get

put in the water I know the only reason

it was a brand new bass boat is this

dude had never been in a boat and it was

a nice sparkly red boat and he got it he

would he would hit the throttle it would

get up

get up and get up and get up and get up

and get up and then the guy in the

passenger seat would crawl up to the

front of the boat and the boat would go

down and then the prop would come out of

the water and the boat would go and he

did that for 30 minutes until he finally

I watched him idle back into the marina

put it on the trailer and take off

he never was told a thing about the trim

but trim is everything also when you get

into shallow water less than 3 foot of

water I trim that motor up I have a

hydraulic jack plate that's a whole

different world but I trim that motor up

and and just so I don't hit anything and

I always make sure that pay attention to

my map and know what I'm when I'm in

shallow water I don't run high-speed in

shallow water unless I know the lake

well and and yeah dude it's just about

being safe all right so we're going to

run through this now mine has a foot

throttle so actually let me switch to

the hand throttle that's what's nice

about this new evident is you can switch

to a hand throttle all right it's on

hand throttle

all right so the first thing you do is

you want to get it up on plane and up on

plane means it's up on the back half or

back third of the boat and it's up on

top of the water here we go

all right so its up on plane I back off

a little bit get to a nice cruising


and I just start hitting that trip

switch just a little bit

and I haven't I've started doing faster

but my throttle I haven't pushed my

throttle down any see now starting to

porpoise so I want to come down this to

hair until that porpoising stops

and that's how I do it

now if you want to go for a spin - just

throttle all the way down and trim it

until it you get that optimum speed

without porpoising

so these are those rolling waves

not a whole lot of Whitecaps winds not

blowing really hard it's like six seven

miles an hour but because this is such a

giant lake I'm literally making a ten


straight across the lake it's like how

long it is this way I can't even see the


it's a huge thing and so when the wind

gets blowing on it insisting it's always

going to be a little rough so I just

want you to pay attention to how I'm


throttle as I'm riding over these

always when you're coming down the way

you want to let off I know when you want

I'm using my hand

like my hand flat on here

you know with that awful thing

it just gives me more control

I can go faster this both get right off

everybody's different feet these are

made for this

this isn't a flat bottom bottom five


no your boat nobody can

what a campaign hi so all you guys who

watch Deadliest Catch you hear about

them running in the trough all the time

and what it is is the waves are hitting

you from the side so we've got all these

rollers and all these waves hitting us

from the side and really when you're

going snow like this it can be really

really rocky I mean that's and that's

what they're doing when they're talking

about fishing in the trial they're going

real slow and these big waves are

hitting them from the side well actually

it's a smoother ride when you're up on

plane riding in the trough you just have

to be careful of the wave that's going

to hit you at a 45 degree angle that's

just a matter of watching port it's not

gonna kill you it's not gonna hurt you

just gonna get you paid

we're gonna read in the chopped


I'm just riding the waves I go over one


it's just gotta kind of ride and steer

with it

I do bad

all right so let's get serious for a

minute when the weather gets rough on

this Lake ten miles an hour and it's

rough and it's it's a rough tough ride

back in no matter what kind of a boat

you're in this aluminum boat hey it's an

eighteen and a half foot aluminum boat I

love Alumacraft because they're really

really solid boats and they don't

vibrate as much when you're in rough

water so you don't feel it up your back

other aluminum boats have welds right

down the keel which allow a little bit

of a flex and vibration in the hole and

when that happens you feel more

vibration up your back but anyway when

the rough when the water gets rough

you've really got to be careful don't be

in a hurry to get back in the rougher it

is the harder it is gonna get back in

and I'm gonna show you some of the

tricks and I've learned through my own

experiences some really really scary

ones but I've learned how to get myself

back to the truck and back to home

safely so when I started to see

Whitecaps on on the water I know it's

gonna be a little bumpy and so but when

I started to see like a white caps in

this boat and other boats are a little

bit different like my Triton was a lot

different if I started seeing Whitecaps

I knew it was gonna hurt cool going home

I mean it's one of the old trends it's

not one of the new ones I know how they

build the new ones but the old tri is it

flex so much that it hurt and I knew

it's gonna be a rough flight right back

so I took my time but I've been in some

pretty crazy things where in just a

matter of minutes it went from four mile

an hour wind to twenty-five mile an hour

wind and I had to get back and so what I

do is I get the boat going real slow and

I trim up I'm not talking these are

three and four foot waves when it's

really really you cannot get up on plane

and without it being completely and

totally dangerous but I will get the

boat going I will trim up until I'm I've

got the the front end a little bit in

the air and out of the water and I want


abe's to hit right up in the front third

of the boat I want the waves to hit

right there and I just as long as I'm

moving forward I'm fine I just keep

plowing through and what that does is it

allows the front of that boat to take

the brunt of the force of the waves and

it keeps you dry and it keeps you moving

forward now that's the worst-case

scenario to get back trim up get your

get your your front end up out of the

water and let those waves hit and you

should be able to get back I have one

time on Kentucky Lake where it almost

seemed like I was going backwards more

than I was going forward and it took it

took me an hour and I have to go for

miles and so it can be bad but you just

got to got to be safe all right so now

when you when you start to see a little

bit of Whitecaps and a little bit of

chop on the water there's a couple of

things you can do there's a point in

time where they start to get the waves

especially on big lakes like this

they'll start to get roly and it really

you'll find that your boat slams into

those waves a lot and you don't want to

break things that's when things fall

apart is when you start slamming that

boat down and what I typically will do

is just go as fast as I possibly can I

don't make being up on plane at a

priority I just kind of ride them and

try to tie them and get that speed where

it's it's you know it's pretty decent

but usually when they're just starting

to see Whitecaps you can get up on plane

and you can actually skip in a ride

across a lot of those those waves and

it'll be just fine a little bumpy but

not too bad fiberglass boats they can

hit those things really good you can get

up on top and just go they're heavier so

they plow through larger waves a little

bit better and so even after even when

the water gets too rough for this one to

go full speed on plane a fiberglass boat

can do it that's the advantage one of

the advantages to having a fiberglass

high so more about safety and things

that to have in your boat now

the best thing to do and I haven't

completely finished the rigging of this

boat for this the best thing to do is go

to the US Coast Guard website and see

what needs to be in the boat and then

pick and shoot and

most of what the Coast Guard recommends

us for deeps and you know salt water and

and professional boats and that kind of

stuff but check check and see what all

you need to have in your boat it's

really cool to get the Coast Guard to

check your boat and you have everything

that they they have on their list and

they'll give you this cool sticker that

goes on your boat saying that you've

been checked by the Coast Guard but

flares are a good thing

the basics for most of you well let's do

let's do this real quick you can go to

your state website and check to see what

they what safety gear they require on

your boat and make sure you have that

and then go to the Coast Guard and get a

few of the extra things just to see but

anyway usually states require a some

type of a throw question and mine is up

underneath my seat and it has to be

easily accessible so that's a pro

question they also require a four we if

you have a combustion engine they

require a fire extinguisher which I have

one right up underneath the camera but I

don't want to move it fire extinguisher

they a kill switch that works PFDs for

every person but just check your list on

on your state and make sure that you

have everything but the best thing to do

is read your state regulations read the

requirements for your boat and the

limitations to your boat and then go on

the coast part of website and check and

see what they require on the boat and

get as much of that as you can if you're

just going to stand in the lakes and

stuff like this it's no big deal you

don't really need the Coast Guard stuff

they're just some nice to have in the

next month or two I'm gonna have all the

stuff that I need for Coast Guard wise

like flares and things like I'm just on

too many lakes by myself to not have

some way to get to get help my cell

phone doesn't work and stuff like that

all right so now let's talk about on the

water operation and and this this is

kind of the the part that really bugs me

the most is that there's a lot of people

that don't understand what to do when

you're approaching other boats and who

has the right away and what side to pass

on and stuff like that so if you've got

a boat coming straight at you and this

is what sucks as most people don't know

this and so you have to assume they're

gonna do the wrong thing

but you're supposed to stay to the right

of a boat that's approaching you so you

pass just like you would in it on a road

you stay to the right and they stay to

the right and so on and so forth it

doesn't always happen that way if you

see somebody you know sitting down

fishing steer way clear of them I had a

giant boat about two hundred thousand

dollar boat and I'm fishing down to

Minneapolis and I had this old man just

just towed belong in his two hundred

thousand dollar giant cabin cruiser in

three foot of water kickin up mud had no

clue what he was doing I wanted to I

wanted to scream and he was like right

behind me and a lot of people just don't

know they get on a boat and they go and

a lot of states don't require boat

safety classes or anything and that's

where you get really scary but knowing

you approach them a boat that you

approach them to the right if you're

down in Florida and you're in those

really narrow grass lanes and you come

around the corner and another boats

coming back at you and you're betting it

head-on both of you cut to the right and

you put yourself in the grass and nobody

gets killed it's just that kind of stuff

always know you want to stay to the


if you've got a boat approaching this

way if you're in the navigational

channel you have the ride away but if

you have a boat coming in from 90

degrees and it's best just to give them

the right away if you can be courteous

on the water if you're in the

navigational channels you have the

right-of-way but be careful they may not

know that and that's what sucks about

being on the water get on your state

regulations read everything that you can

about boater safety in the end what they

require in your boat and you should be

set these are the basics on how to get a

boat up on plane and get it rolling and

then just be safe wear a PFD you have


these on the boat that you need

Killswitch every time that big motors on

put this sucker on because that's when

things go bad but like I always say be

sure to introduce um ADA fishing

introduce them to my channel let me help

you teach them out of fish more

important to get out of the water going

to catch some fish they have a great day

I'm gonna go get some Thanks