River Navigation


River navigation is different from open water navigation, because a river refers to the nearby shoreline; driving through these routes is difficult due to the changes that occur to the rivers; the difficult task to make sure that your trip is going to result great is to avoid some hazards, taking the adequate precautions.

  • Some precautions include that every person in the boat must have a Personal flotation device and must wear it.
  • If the navigation is during the night, it's compulsory to have lights at night, a fire extinguisher and a sound device.
  • Remember that as when driving, alcohol is prohibit due to its lethal consequences.

What can a sailor do in certain situations (Hazards)? We list and explain several cases with basic information to consider when doing river navigation:

  • In periods of high waters, and the river carry load of floating materials which can include deadheads and sometimes one can't notice it that's why unwary sailors can impact and cause a hole if they're on a big boat or destroy it, if it's a small boat.
  • To experience fog is common any time of the year, in this situation sailors must proceed with care if you don't have enough experience it's best to wait till get some visibility. As a precaution, boat lights must be on, even on daytime.
  • One must be careful if there are ships or commercial vessels, because in some states those boats have the right over other boats; and it's due to the big size and difficult to maneuver.
  • As with commercial vessels, tugs and log rafts have the right, and sailors must have caution because it's usually seen that the submerged towing cable is almost invisible then it's dangerous to cross behind a tug.
  • At certain seasons of the year, gillnet boats are spread along the river, where fishing activities are done during day and night; the risk comes because some nets are not visible easily and a boat running across a net can damage it and it can become wrapped around the boat propeller.
  • It's important to understand river currents to be able to read the river and be aware of things that one cannot see easily and be prepared.
  • There are some boating courtesies that you can practice to add much to the pleasures of boating, such as:
    • Be careful with your wake, because you can cause any accident or other situations when passing other boats and near docks, floating homes, moorage and ramps.
    • It's a sign of courtesy to avoid blocking any ramp or docks that other sailors can be interested to use, especially when you're loading your boat.
    • Stay alert to slow moving boats, or people on the river, such as swimmers, water skiers, etc.
    • Respect private property and beaches; and keep silence near residential and private areas.
    • It's good to provide of a wide berth to all fishermen.
    • Practice empathy, so extend you'll feel the right to expect the courtesies from others.

River fishing boats

The boat a fisherman chooses to fishing depends on the budget and the style of the person, however, as some best boats for river fishing we consider:

  • Float tubes or other personal watercrafts are used for personal fishing.
  • Kayaks, canoes and float tubes are also good boats for skinny waters, especially because are wide and stable.
  • Bass boats: Especially for big rivers, the boat has a great cost.
  • The Fiberglass or aluminum is commonly for Mayor Rivers.
  • Drifts are boat really stable and used for fishing enthusiast, fishing smaller rivers require versatile boats and maneuverable.