Checklist - General Boating Safety and Boat Operations
Salt Water Management
- Every component of the boat is damaged by Salt Water
- The Electronics, The Engine, The Upholstery, everything...
- Take extra effort to avoid getting saltwater in the boat
- Have guests drain off on the back step before climbing into the boat
- Check the engine compartment regularly for water in the bilge
- Avoid turning left into the wake after releasing the throttle - this can cause massive water in the front of the boat depending on the amount of ballast you are using. When the person falls, slowly bring the throttle back to neutral, and turn the wheel all the way to the right. The boat will make the 180 desired turn with very small throttle assistance.
- Fire Safety - There is a fire extinguisher under the captains console (by his feet)
- PFD Safety - There must be a PFD (life jacket) on board for every person. Any children 12 or under MUST wear a PFD at all times when they are in the boat.
- Navigation Safety - Avoiding shallow spots - All of the bodies of water that we use have good markers for shallow areas. Stay far AWAY from any marked spots, where you see multiple floating white buoys. Stay far away (100 yards if possible) from all beaches and visible land.
- If you have a mechanical problem while on the water, you need to immediately assess your safety
- Are you in the channel of a high traffic corridor such as SD Bay? If so, you need to move out of the channel immediately. Flag down any passing vessel to tow you to a point of safety, where you can drop anchor.
- For low speed towing, the surf rope will suffice, or you can use the anchor rope to connect to another vehicle. The towing point is on the bow, a foot lower than the front point of the boat. Tie to the metal ring.
If you are out of danger, the anchor is in the storage compartment under the starboard front seat or under the passenger seat next to the captain. Drop and set the anchor to prevent the boat from drifting into other boats or into rocks or shoreline.
- If you are having difficulty starting the engine, note that you can decouple the throttle from the transmission by pushing in the center button on the throttle. This allows you to "rev" the engine without the propeller engaged during a cold start or hard start.
- If you have a problem requiring towing - Contact US Vessel Assist at 800-391-4869 or 800-888-4869
- Membership 20029543
- The membership card and other information is in the leather wallet by the captain's left knee