5 Tips on Navigating a Boat on Lake Havasu

How to Navigate a Boat

While you can get health benefits from being outdoors, there are also dangers.

If you want to enjoy your time navigating a boat on Lake Havasu, for instance, you have to know what you’re doing. Otherwise, you’re putting you and your passengers at risk.

No matter what size your vessel, these tips will help.

  1. Pay Attention

In 2016, there were nearly 600 accidents and 45 deaths caused by a boat driver not paying attention. This alarming statistic is reason enough to pay attention to the risks involved.

Remember whenever you’re navigating a boat, that is your number one priority. You can still have fun and interact with passengers, but getting them back to the shore safely should always come first.

  1. Stay to the Right

The currents of Lake Havasu run counter-clockwise. That means you need to stay to the right just as if you were driving on the road. This is particularly important when navigating through the channel as there’s not a lot of room for error there.

If you need to cross the lake, do so carefully and always make sure you’re looking out for other vessels so you don’t risk a collision. When passing, always pass on the other boat’s port (left) side.

  1. Know Who Has the Right of Way

Not knowing who has the right of way will put you and your vessel at risk of collision. Here’s how the right of way works on Lake Havasu:

  • Vessels which are towing another vessel have right of way over larger vessels.
  • Larger vessels have right of way over smaller vessels.
  • Non-motorized vessels and sailboats have right of way over motorized vessels.

When you give way to another vessel, make sure you turn in such a way that they see your side well enough to know that you see them and are purposefully avoiding them.

  1. Use GPS

Since Lake Havasu stretches nearly 45 miles in length, it’s easy to get lost if you’re not familiar with the lake. For that reason, you should have a GPS device on board for navigating back to your starting point.

This is especially important for the visitors that come for the year-round water sports at Lake Havasu. Nothing puts a damper on a fun day like getting lost on the lake.

  1. Get a DC

Don’t drink and boat! Instead, get a Designated Captain (DC) to pilot your vessel for you. This will help keep you and your passengers safe. You’ll also avoid legal action for operating a boat under the influence, which carries a hefty fine.

This can be a great way for everyone to enjoy a day at the lake without having to designate a captain from your group. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than getting fined!

Rent a Boat

If going out and navigating a boat on Lake Havasu sounds like fun but you don’t have your own vessel, don’t worry. We have boats and pontoons that are sure to suit your needs.

Give us a call today for more information about how you can rent a boat and head out for a great time on the lake.

Desert Sun Watersports specializes in providing the newest and nicestĀ rental boat and ski rentalsĀ on the Colorado River. We offer high-end watercraft, including Jet Ski Rental, Pontoon Boat prenatal, and Ski Boat Rentals in Lake Havasu and Parker.