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Home > Take Me Fishing Blog > November 2018 > How to Trim a Boat in Choppy Water
Every boater will occasionally encounter rough water, which means knowing how to trim a boat is an important skippering skill to have. Your boating adventures will be safer and more comfortable when you can properly use your trim tabs to compensate for any change in conditions.
If you are a new boat owner who is learning how to boat, don’t forget to register your boat. You should also consider bringing an experienced boater along with you on your first few trips.
To gain a basic understanding of how to trim a boat in rough water, you should keep some general guidelines in mind. These guidelines apply to planing-hulled powerboats, such as center consoles or trailerable cruisers, that are up to 30-feet in length.
You know more about how to trim a boat in choppy conditions now, but do you know the most important boating terms? Use the boating glossary to check any terms that might have you befuddled.
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Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.
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