Dockmate gives us tips for solo boating

Many owners say that Dockmate is like having an extra crew member on board.

Boating has proven to be a standout choice in leisure activity through the pandemic. With social distancing and the current Covid restrictions in Australia, having a crew on board may not be the best option. That is why having a Dockmate Wireless remote could be the solution you are looking for.

You need to adopt so many roles when boating, from skipper to decky. So, it is essential to make handling your vessel as easy for yourself as you can. With a Dockmate in hand, you have all the controls at your fingertips, so you can easily handle the boat yourself.  Whether going out for a day trip, or on a longer adventure, Dockmate takes the stress out of docking so you can enjoy your time out on the water.

Here are some top tips from Dockmate when it comes to solo boating:

Check your systems. Be sure to check your navigation systems and that you know how to use them. Check all battery and charging systems, engine oil and coolant, and that your bilge pumps are operating correctly. An autopilot will make life much easier on long hauls, AIS for keeping track of surrounding vessels, VHF radio check with the sea way before departing. And of course, make sure your Dockmate remote is charged and ready to go.

Take safety measures. Check your safety equipment including life jackets and flares. The Dockmate system has built in fail-safe technologies, and should it be dropped then all systems return to neutral.

Check the forecast. Keep an eye on the forecast details for weather, visibility, sea state and wind speed.

Plan your approach and share it. It is fundamental to share your plan with someone else, so people know where you are going. Simply put together an outline of your route with approximate timings along the way so that, if something goes wrong, someone on land has a good idea of where you are.

Educate yourself. Boating alone means that if you have an emergency at sea, you need to know how to keep yourself alive. You could take a sea survival course, which is a genuine lifesaver. Its also important to know how to use your navigation equipment and safety gear.

Eat food, drink water and rest. Ensure you drink plenty of water, eat enough food and if you are embarking on a longer journey, get enough rest.

Enjoy! Now all you need to do is enjoy the peace and relaxation of boating. And to ensure you take that feeling with you on your return to land, let Dockmate take the stress out of docking for you.

Some important and interesting tips here, Dockmate proving to be particularly useful when it comes to taking on a solo journey and staying safe out there.

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