Boat Handling

Nothing could be easier:

  1. Direction is controlled by a steering wheel which works exactly the same as the one in your car.
  2. The quiet electric motor is switched on by a key (or magnetic switch) and travel is controlled by a simple joy-stick giving forward and reverse.
  3. To slow the boat down as you approach the dock ease the stick back towards the centre position.
  4. If necessary ultimate braking is done by moving the joy-stick into reverse, this will stop the boats forward movement, but remember not to leave it in reverse as you will start to go backwards. Short impulses of the stick only.
  5. When you first go into the boat our dock operator will instruct you on the use of the controls and on the safe use of the lake (avoiding the shallow areas and shore fringes).
  6. When returning to the dock watch for the hand signals of the dock operator and slow the boat down.
  7. Do not try to touch the dock with the boat, aim to bring it parallel to the dock about a meter away where our dock operator will attach a boat hook and bring it safely to rest.
  8. Wait until the dock operator has attached the ropes and gives you permission to step ashore before trying to get off, make sure everyone, especially the children, keep their hands safely inside the boat, do not try to hold onto the dock.
  9. If the dock operator is not available when you first make your approach wait a little distance away from the dock until you can be assisted.
  10. For your information should you approach another boat head-on then the correct procedure is to pass to the right (opposite to the normal road use with cars) but at all times common sense must prevail, just look at the situation and do what’s obviously the safest, but be aware of shallow areas.
  11. In some areas the large lake steamers use yellow buoys to denote their channel, if you see them its best to keep to the outside of the channel.
  12. If you get in the way of the big steamers you can expect a loud blast from their horn, just to let you know.
  13. The white buoys you will see are mooring points for boats and are mostly used during the summer.