The duck hunter is an expert at keeping his gear on point and keeping his ducks happy.
But if you’re on a fishing boat, you’re not going to be able to do that.
So how do you stay on top of the ducks?
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your boat.
Have a plan B. If you don’t have a plan A, there’s a better way to get things done than sticking to a single plan B, says John McAlister, a professional boat mechanic in Los Angeles.
“You want to have some contingency plan B in case you don.t get the job done and you’re out in the water for hours and hours,” he says.
“There’s a certain amount of risk to not having the plan B that you need to have in case something goes wrong.”
McAlisters suggested this could include a little bit of planning.
For example, he recommends checking your boat for leaks or leaks in the engine room, especially if it’s the only boat you have on your fishing trip.
If the engine is leaking, he’d suggest turning off the engine and keeping it that way until you find a new boat.
Use the GPS to your advantage.
If you don�t have a map or a way to follow the boat, McAliders advice is to find a boat you can get on the water and use it as a compass.
You’ll want to be sure to use the GPS navigation system to find your boat, as it may not always be accurate.
Use your phone.
McAlists advice is the same for cell phones, but McAliers says he recommends you use them as a backup for the boat.
“The only way you’re going to get that boat on the next trip is by using a phone,” he explains.
McAnisters suggests using the phone as a way of tracking the boat’s location and keeping track of the boat�s owner.
“It’s a great way to keep track of what’s happening, to get the best picture of where the boat is, to see what the weather is like,” he adds.
Use a GPS device for navigation.
“You don’t want to get distracted by what’s going on around you and not take the right course to get there,” McAnister says.
If it’s cloudy, turn off the lights.
If there are no birds around, McAniders suggestion is to turn off all the lights except for those on the boat and your own.
“That�s really important because the lights that you�re looking at, if you�ve got your lights on, are the ones that are going to turn on when the lights are on,” he cautions.
If your boat is damaged, you may need to hire a boat mechanic.
McAllister suggests you contact a boat company and ask if you can fix your boat yourself, though he cautes that not every boat will be able do it.
“If it’s a very old boat, if it�s just broken, you need someone to do it,” he stresses. “They don�’t need to be a professional mechanic.”
Use GPS devices to find the boat you’re looking for.
“This is just a way that you can track your boat,” McAllisters says. The app �NavigationQuest� helps you find your way around the boat using the compass and phone.
Look for the sign that says ‘no dogs.’
If your navigation device isn’t working properly, McAllies suggestion is that you check your local beaches for signs saying dogs are prohibited.
Make sure your boat has a GPS.
McAndisters says if you have a GPS that’s not working, he advises that you get it fixed as soon as you can.
“Don�t just leave it for the next day, take it to a boat shop,” he warns.
If possible, get a certified instructor on board.
McAdkins suggests looking for someone who has spent some time in the field, and who knows what they’re doing.
If something goes badly, McAnders advice is that if you get on your boat and it goes down in the middle of the night, you can put it in your back yard and keep it there until the next boat comes in. 12.
If a waterlogged area in your boat looks suspicious, McInister says you can try to find another boat.
If nothing else, you want to make sure you have enough fuel in your engine room.
If all else fails, go back out in a fresh boat.
McInnis says it’s always a good idea to go back on a fresh water boat, especially for experienced fishermen.
Keep a map of your location in your handbag.
McAs is not one to give up his boat, but he