Do not Fall out of Your Boat

You should never stand up in your small powerboat, canoe, or similar watercraft. This could make a small boat unstable.

Do Not Fall out of Your Boat

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By: SafeBoater

You should never stand up in your small powerboat, canoe, or similar watercraft.

Why? Standing up can make a small boat unstable, and can even cause it to capsize. Can you believe that numerous drownings occur when men stand up to urinate over the side of a boat? …and you do not want to know what New York Daily News writer, Alexandra Hazlett, knows about great white sharks.

In this Boater Darwin Award as compiled by SafeBoater.com, it is also wise to know your boat load capacity and stay within the recommended weight limit.

And the Darwin Award goes to…

In April of 2000, an Oregon man boating down the Columbia River caused his boat to capsize when he stood up too quickly. His companion survived, but the boat’s owner drowned after falling in. It probably didn’t help matters that the 12 foot boat in question was weighed down with almost 650 pounds of gear, despite the fact that it was rated to hold only 200 pounds.

The Bottom Line: Sit down and shut up. If you want to stand on the water, get a pair of water skis.

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