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Just because you can’t see the lanes in the water, don’t think there aren’t lanes.

Over at Boats.com, Senior Editor Lenny Rudlow has put together a great video on breaking in a new boat. We strongly suggest you watch it below if you are new to boating.

“Most of us are exposed to cars at an early enough age that we know the basics long before we ever sit behind the wheel,” Rudlow points out. “What if you’re new to boating? How will you figure out the differences between steering a boat and steering a car?”

Rudlow’s advice:

  1. When a big wave is coming, don’t take it head on. Don’t take it on the side. Take it on a 45-degree angle.

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  2. Shout a warning before you make a sharp turn. A boat isn’t like a car. Sharp turns will throw your passengers to the deck or even hurl them out of the boat.

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  3. Think about oversteering. New boaters tend to turn the wheel all the way over as they go into their turn. By the time you start turning the wheel back, the boat is past the point you were headed for.

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