Boats - boating, water fun in Georgia
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Boating is a popular activity that attracts millions of boaters and water fun lovers worldwide.
Most boating is done in calm protected waters and during good weather. However, it is important to be safety conscious. Conditions can change rapidly and a small vessel can get into life-threatening difficulties. Therefore, it's important to keep an inventory of safety gear on board every boat, which is prescribed by the U.S. Coast Guard as well as state boating law administrators in the U.S. Depending on the size of the boat and how it is powered.
Required equipment may include:
- personal flotation devices (PFDs or life jackets) for everyone on board
- a throwable flotation device (in the U.S., a Type IV PFD)
- navigation lights suitable for the type of boat operation
- visual distress signals (VSDs) which are effective both day and night
- sound-making devices including horns and bells
- fire extinguisher(s)
- a copy of the Inland Rules of the Road
Other items might seem obvious but are not actually required by law, may include a flashlight, first aid kit, paddles, whistles, anchor and rope, engine spare parts, bilge pumps, a VHF radio or mobile phone, etc.
Boating in Georgia
It is located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta off I-75 and I-575 in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Allatoona Lake is also home to Red Top Mountain State Park - one of Georgia's most popular parks for day use and overnights. Allatoona Lake has 270 miles of shoreline and 12,000 acres of water. Thu. making it the second-smallest of the nine Great Lakes in Georgia.
Other good places for boating in Georgia includes; Carters Lake, Clark Hills Lake, Lake Seminole, Lake Hartwell, Lake Sidney Lanier, Lake Russell, Walter F. George, and West Point Lake.
Types of boats
Boats range from; sailboats, powerboats, and man-powered vessels (such as rowing and paddle boats). Hovercrafts may be considered to be boats as well.
Boating is a leisurely activity. It usually involves travelling by boat or the recreational use of a boat. Boating activities may focus on the travel itself, or, it may focus on sports activities such as fishing or water skiing. Some of the most popular boating, or on the water activities, are; Canoeing, Sailing, Kayaking, Rafting, Surfing, Yachting, and Sit-down hydrofoiling.
Water Sports / watersports
Water sports or water fun can range from in water activities, on warter activities and underwater activities.
On the water activities usually require some form of boating:
- Boating is the use of boats
- Parasailing where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a parachute
- Skurfing is where the participant "skurfs" behind a boat on a surfboard
- Barefoot water skiing is waterskiing with no skiis
- Bodyboarding is similar to surfing, but the board is smaller and the person (normally) lies down on the board
- Fishing is the recreation and sport of catching fish
- Jet Ski
- Kite surfing on flat water using a kite for propulsion
In water fun includes such activities as:
- pool swimming and open water swimming
- Snorkeling - the practice of swimming at the surface (typically of the sea) being equipped with a mask and a short tube called a snorkel
- Water polo - a team played sport that take place in the water
Hovercrafting is fast becoming a popular water sport.
Hovercrafts fly on a cushion of air; gliding across the sea, lakes, rivers, grassland, marsh, sand, snow and ice! Hovercrafting is, in my opinion, kind of like a cross between boating and flying. You actually fly on a cushion of air above the water when hovercrafting
Hovercrafting in Georgia
Great Lakes of Georgia: http://www.greatlakesofgeorgia.com/learnmore/boating.asp
Information based on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers brochures and boaters information http://www.boatingamerica.com/states/georgia/georgia.htm