Better Boating Tips on Lake Norman

All boat owners and boat operators enjoy reading tips and best practices for enjoying their boats and getting the most out of their investment. “We see and hear so many tips about boating enjoyment and safety and we like to pass them along to our customers,” said Lowry Hobbs of Westport Marina. “TIps on boating and passenger safety are always helpful and keep us all aware of how to fully enjoy the fun here on Lake Norman.”

Lake Norman safe boating tips from Westport Marina.

Better Boating Tips on Lake Norman

So many tips can be labeled as “common sense,” but they all bear repeating every season regardless if we have heard them before. “Boating and boat safety have similarities to driving our cars everyday, but add in the elements of water and entertainment and things can get a little distracting at times,” added Hobbs.

  • White vinegar kills mold, if you’re looking for a “green” alternative to plain bleach.
  • Use this handy reference for pre-mixing oil and gas at a 50:1 ratio.
    Gas              Oil
    1 gallon       2.5 ounces
    6 gallons     16 ounces(1 pint)
    10 gallons    26 ounces
  • Liquid dish soap applied to carpeted trailer bunks will help the boat slide off more easily at a shallow ramp.
  • A wet towel, folded and doubled, can be placed under a cooler to keep it from sliding around.Practice safe boating tips on Lake Norman from Westport Marina.
  • Is glare at the helm impairing your visibility? Place a dark towel or shirt under the windshield.
  • A great skipper always uses his excellent judgment so as not to be forced to show off his amazing skill.
  • Minimal throttle, simply idling in gear, is the best speed for virtually every docking situation.
  • Boat ramp safety tip: Once the rig is rolling backward down the ramp, put the transmission in neutral. That way, the reverse function and the vehicle brakes are not fighting each other.

“We encourage all boaters and lake lovers to read and share safety and enjoyment tips every time you go to the lake,” adds Hobbs. “The one thing about boaters is that they all have the love of the lake in common so it’s easy to strike up a conversation and share a tip on the boat ramp or at our marina.”

In the meantime, we hope that you will visit us here at Westport Marina in the gorgeous and popular southwest section of Lake Norman in Denver, NC. You’ll love our boat rentals, superior boat service and our delicious food and drinks offered down at Nate’s Snack Bar on our docks. Call us at 704-483-5172 or email us to rent a boat or ask us a question. We look forward to seeing you on Lake Norman!