What are some possible problems you could encounter on a boat trip?

if you were going on a boat trip for 2 days, what are some possible problems you could encounter that you should prepare for?


will be going in fresh water like in the pacific oceanish kind of thing. We will be stopping off at a number of places as well

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Will this boat trip be on a body of fresh or salt water?

    Large lake or ocean? And what size boat is it?

    Come on people, gotta be more detailed here to help us out.

    Is this a cruise ship, sail boat, yacht, recreational boat, bass boat, canoe, or even a rubber raft? Because each has it's own precautions to be aware of.


    Pacific oceanish--would be salt water, meaning how far out from shore are you going to be? The further, the more high waves you will encounter, and if a small light-weight boat, then the boat could possibly be flipped over by at least 10 ft waves or more.

    If closer to shore (within 5 miles) then less powerful waves, and not as much risk, but the boat could still flip over even by small waves.

    Common problems:

    Engine break down, radios may lose connection, boat may accidently hit coral reefs or big rock just below water level, especially at night time (boat will then sink depending upon how big the hole is) big waves flipping boat over (and then sharks will have a buffet meal)

    That should really be it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The number 1 problem is running out of Beer. It may sound stupid, but if you have blokes on board, it can get nasty when the beer runs out.


    You can have many problems depending on the type of boat.

    Lets say a large cruiser: There are many instances where the boat catches on fire due to fuel leaks, ignition and wiring problems, etc.

    If you have a boat that has been around a bit, chances are the wiring may have been played with by people who have no idea about wiring. Always have a fire extinguisher in the boat, a burning boat is very impressive and burns rapidly.


    You can run out of petrol (You say you are stopping, so that should not be a problem).


    You can run into dirty weather, it can be a beautiful day then literally 10 minutes later, it is blowing a gale and the rain is coming in sideways. This is not really a problem, unless you are trying to tackle it in a boat that is ill equipped (Too small, or overloaded).


    You can run aground or hit a submerged object, take off the prop and damage the leg of the outboard or the drive shaft. Another common problem is with the shear pins in the propeller, they are designed to shear under certain conditions which will spin the prop off the driveshaft, the prop will sink to the bottom, and you'll be dead in the water,. Depending on the type of boat, i.e. An old boat with an old outboard, carry a spare prop, shear pins and a pull cord (Like a lawnmower cord) for the engine, if the electric start dies, you will not be able to start the engine until it is repaired or you have a pull cord.


    Make sure you have some sort of communications equipment, like a marine radio - The majority will be either UHF or 27Mhz marine radios. They can be invaluable if you run into trouble or to receive updates on the prevailing weather conditions. Make sure you know what frequencies are used in the area you intend to navigate and you will be right. Carry flares, both smoke and light, carry a torch (Flashlight), a bailing bucket, in case you take on water and the bilge pump packs it in, and some fresh water. If you are going say, 20km off shore you would be a fool not to have a Radio, flares and an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). Also a compass.

    If you are running reasonable close to shore, you don't need an EPIRB.


    I can go on all day, however if you boat is well maintained, and the skipper is competent with the boat and the conditions, you will not have a problem. Just remember, if it doesn't feel right, pay attention to your instincts, strange things can happen on the water. You will find that the majority of problems occur when the boat has never been mainteined and people are drunk.

    SO sit back and enjoy it.

    Source(s): Spent most of my spare time on the beautiful waters of Australia.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you'll be heading toward international / regional waters then make sure you have your docs in place. Apart from that, I'd get a GPS map of the location I'll be traveling to; making sure I have enough gas; and that the locals are friendly. Safety and security are topmost so that I can soak in the sun without worry.

  • 1 decade ago

    Even a two day trip will require bedding on board, food for two days, or more. Spare parts for any motor you have and spare shackles and bits for the rigging and the tools to fix them if necessary...

    And make sure your crew know how to handle the boat in case anything happens to you...

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  • 4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    well you should be aware of the whole boat hitting a giant reef and going down Titanic style.

    But all you need to do s bring a lot of sunblock, some money, swimsuit, towels, about 3-4 changes of clothing ( in case something happens), bring some of your credit cards but not all of them, don't bring anything expensive, and bring some medicine for headaches, stomach aches, allergies and that sort of thing

  • 1 decade ago

    other drivers, things in the water, dont get too close to the banks, and engine trouble if u have an old boat.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    You could wake up after the party married to someone else- The Captain can do that. ya know.

    The worst is swimming for it with a big fin chasing you.

  • 1 decade ago

    you could sink and drown

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