Whether you do your boating on an inland lake or the open ocean, sooner or later, you're going to end up in rough seas. Even if you take pains to avoid it, the situation is sure to occur. Sometimes storms blow up unexpectedly, sometimes mechanical issues delay your return to the dock, and sometimes the weatherman turns out to have been dead wrong. It happens. The question is, when the waves get big and the seas get heavy, will you know the best way to run your boat? How you act at the helm can mean the difference between a bone-jarring cruise that can cause damage or even injury, versus a mildly unpleasant experience. In this video, we'll look at three simple boat handling techniques that can help you smooth out the bumps.

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