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How to Avoid Dangerous Boating Weather

Learn how to avoid dangerous boating weather in this Howcast boating video with expert Toby Stull.


Hi, my name is Toby Stull and I'm captain with Out in the Water Sailing. We're an adventure sports sailing company, providing charters, sailing lessons, vessel training and consulting. Please visit our website at We're here today in Liberty Harbor to talk about boating.
While the adage red skies at night, sailors delight often rings true, and a pink sky at sunset will mean fair skies the next day, inevitably in a boater's life, you will be caught out with bad weather. Look at multiple sources, there's internet, television, radio and marine radio all within your reach. Check it out and if the weather's bad, don't go. Know what to look for as far as weather approaching, know what clouds to look for, see where the sky's getting dark. In the Northern Hemisphere, when the winds turn counterclockwise usually the weather is going to turn bad. Conversely, when the winds turn clockwise, we know good weather is coming. If you're out there when a storm hits make sure that everyone has their proper gear. Everyone can stay warm and dry and safe. Have everyone wear life jackets and put on foul weather gear. Look for the closet port if the weather looks prolonged; go in, there's no need to stay out when the bad weather comes.

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