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Boating in shallow water can be dangerous, especially if the water depth quickly changes. Honda Marine wants to help you be prepared for navigating shallow waters.
The draft measures how much a boat is under water, starting from the lowest part of the boat. A boat can ride higher or lower in the water depending on how much weight is carried on a boat. The draft information is usually found in the owner’s manual.
Always check the tide schedule so you don’t get stranded in a sandbar or shallow waters, until the tide comes back.
Use a depth finder to find the bottom surface of the water. By knowing the bottom depth, you’ll know where the dangerously shallow water is, so you don’t ground your boat. Also have charts on your boat, in case you need them.
Monitor the water for major changes in the color. Brown water usually means shallow water over reef or rocks. Shallow water on some islands, like the Bahamas, has light turquoise water.
If you think you’re approaching shallow waters, run slowly and stay off plane.
Contact Alvarado Marine, 945 Cattle Point Rd Friday Harbor, WA 98250-6066, (360) 378-3644 for Honda Marine Jet Outboards, accessories and servicing.