2002-2008 Four Winns Vista 378 Boat Owners Manual

Check cleaning products for flammability.
Ventilate when cleaning or painting.
Steering Failure
If a problem  with the steering occurs, shut  down the
engine immediately. Check the connections to the out-
board motor or drive unit in the engine compartment.
Some boats have  a push/pull cable while  others will
have hydraulic hose connections. With cable connec-
tions, check  the attaching  hardware and tighten  it if
necessary. If  you have  hydraulic hose  connections,
check to see if they are leaking. If so, tighten the con-
nections and check the hydraulic fluid reservoir level.
Most stern drives  are power assisted and have  their
own  hydraulic reservoir  and  engine  mounted drive
pump; check the level of reservoir and drive pump belt.
If the steering is not operating properly, do not operate
the boat and call for assistance.
Disconnect electrical system from its power source
before performing maintenance.
Replace breaker or fuse with same amperage de-
Electrical appliances must be within rated amper-
age of  boat circuits.  Observe the  boat carefully
while the electrical system is being energized.
Allow only a qualified marine electrician to service
the boats electrical system.
G.   Medical Emergency
K.   Additional Underway Information
Accidents while boating can and may happen. Be pre-
pared to  handle these emergencies  when they hap-
pen. Keeping a first aid kit and dry blankets on board
can assist during these situations. It is also a good idea
to contact  your local  Red Cross for  information and
training on first aid and CPR.
Always be aware of local laws on noise limits. Noise
means engine noise,  radio noise or even  yelling
by people  on your  boat.  Good seamanship  de-
mands that you operate your boat quietly so as not
to infringe on the rights of others. Don't use  thru-
transom exhaust unless you are well off shore.
H.   Propulsion Failure
You  are responsible   for any  damage  or  injury
caused by  your boat's  wake. Observe  no wake
speed zone warnings. Operate your boat with re-
gard for  the safety of  other boats and  people in
your boating area.
Before you call for  help regarding an engine or drive
unit failure, it is a good idea to eliminate the possibility
of simple problems. Turn off the engine and check  to
see that  (1) there  is fuel in  the tank;  (2) the  engine
cooling intakes  on the  outdrive are  not clogged; (3)
props are clean and free of weeds, netting, etc.; (4) no
hoses are leaking; (5) there is oil in the engine.
Keep your engine well tuned to decrease exhaust
hydrocarbon emissions that pollute the air and wa-
Once  you have  checked out  the  possibilities  listed
above and find they are not the problem, call for help
giving your position and a detailed description of your
A.   Docking
Always approach the dock slowly. Think before acting.
If you are wondering whether your boat will fit in a space
against a dock,  remember that pilings are  often (but
not always) spaced 10 feet apart.
Control Failure
In the unlikely event of a shift/throttle failure, shut down
the engine  immediately. Carefully  check the  control
connections in the engine compartment to see if they
are secure. If not, try to locate the attaching hardware
and reassemble. If that is not possible, try to use what-
ever is available such as paper clips, hair clips,  tape,
etc., to secure the connections. If a temporary repair is
made, return  to port at  the slowest  steerable speed
and be prepared to take emergency action should the
temporary repair fail also. Have your dealer make re-
pairs before using the boat again.
Remember that it is easier to control a boat in reverse
because a boat steers from the stern.  When backing
into a  slip, back so  that bow swings  into the  wind if
possible. You will have more control.
If you  have a  twin engine  boat, center  the steering
wheel. Use the throttles and shifters to control the boat’s
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Section S
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shaun on Jul 07, 2014. s

great very informative. should not have to fill this out for a manule though

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