C. Running Aground
Navigation markers serve as a means of identifying
navigable routes and indicate water hazards. Boat-
ers should become familiar with navigation markers
and stay within marked boundaries and clear of
To prevent boat damage, DO NOT use deck
hardware or water ski pylon for towing. Use a
commercial towing service.
T - 10 REACTINGTOEMERGENCIES
Operating in shallow water can present a number of
hazards. Sand bars in narrow inlets are constantly shift-
ing, making it difficult to mark them with buoys. Some-
times sand bars are indicated by waves as they form
into breakers when passing over sand bars. In coastal
areas, tides can change water levels by as much as 30
feet. Check with local marinas or Coast Guard stations
for tide tables and current charts.
Be prepared to deal with emergencies before they hap-
pen. Try to formulate a plan for each type of emergency
in advance so that decisions can be made quickly and
without hesitation. Precious moments lost can mean
the difference between losing and saving a life.
If your boat starts taking on water, activate the bilge
pump immediately. Make sure all passengers are wear-
ing their PFDs. Open the engine compartment, look for
the cause of the flooding. Check all hoses, through hull
fittings, seacocks and strainers. If flooding occurs as a
result of collision or grounding damage, call for assis-
tance and head for shore if possible.
If your boat runs aground, first check persons aboard
for injury.Then check for damage to the boat. If the drive
unit strikes an underwater hazard, check for boat and
drive unit damage. If the engine vibrates excessively
after striking an underwater obstruction, it may indicate
a damaged propeller. If vibration is noticeable, return to
port slowly to prevent further drive and engine damage
from an out-of-balance condition. Watch the tempera-
ture gauge to make sure you do not overheat the en-
B. Capsizing and Man Overboard
By far, the largest number of boating fatalities involve
capsizing and falling overboard accidents. By being pre-
pared ahead of time with an appropriate plan of action,
you can greatly lower your chances and your passen-
gers’ chances of becoming seriously injured.
If the boat is not taking on any water, it may be possible
to rock the boat by shifting the weight of the passen-
gers and gear and by raising the drive unit while revers-
ing the engine.
If you ground your boat on a sand bar, shut down the
engine and seek help from another boater or radio for
help. See your dealer as soon as possible, as sand
ingested in the engine cooling system can cause major
Wear PFDs or have them readily available at all times.
If your boat capsizes, and others were on board, locate
them and guide them to the safety of the hull. Even if
the boat floats in an upside-down position, stay with it.
The boat hull is much easier for rescuers to spot than a
human head sticking out of the water. DO NOTattempt
to swim ashore, it may be further than it looks.
D. Warning Markers
It is a good idea to find out about hazardous areas and
how they are marked by asking your local authorities.
D. Man Overboard
Boaters must also recognize the flag designs which
indicate that scuba divers are present and keep well
clear of the area.
Think through and follow these procedures if someone
in your boat falls overboard.
Remember, every second counts, you must act fast.
Watch for swimmers. Swimming areas may not be
marked. Steer clear from the area and always re-
Move throttles to idle position immediately and yell
Distress flags indicate a fellow boater is in need of
Funship™ Owner’s Manual
|Categories||Four Winns Freedom Manuals, Four Winns Funship Manuals, Four Winns Horizon Manuals, Four Winns Manuals, Outboard Marine Corporation Manuals|
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|Model Year||2003, 2004, 2005|
|Document Type||Owner's Manual|
|Product Brand||Boats and Cruisers, Four Winns. For support contact your dealer at http://www.fourwinns.com/locate-dealer.aspx|
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