Assume I am completely naïve of boating concerns, that I know the following:
- There are things that float and carry stuff across the water called boats.
- A boat needs something to make it move. Some have motors, some catch wind in sails, some you move yourself with paddles.
What are the things I should know (or do, or get, etc.) before clumsily rushing into boating?
I don't know what I don't know, so please point me in the right direction.
A commenter has suggested that the answers would be different for the different types of boats. As such, I am making questions for the types outlined above, and answers here should be about generic information which applies to all boating in general (I assume there is a lot of overlap), and can link to those other questions as well. So see also:
Please treat this as a gateway for beginners who don't know what questions to ask to start with and as a lynch-pin to link together any other relevant Q&As on the site. In fact, linking in any other Q&As on the site which really should be read by the beginning boater would be great.