2003-2008 Four Winns Sundowner 205 225 245 285 Boat Owners Manual

A.   Boating Courses
If the boat should become disabled, or if assist-
be taken.  The stress applied to a boat during
towing  may become  excessive.   Excessive
stress can damage the structure of the boat and
create a safety hazard for those aboard.
Boating education  classes are  offered throughout the
country. The United States Coast GuardAuxiliary offers
free courses on  different topics usually  during the off-
season.  The most popular course is the “Boating Skills
Seamanship Course,” and information can be obtained
by calling 1-800-336-BOAT.
Four Winns® boats are not designed nor intended to be
used  as a  towing  vessel.    The mooring  cleats  on
Four Winns® boats are not designed or intended to be
used for towing purposes. These cleats are specifically
designed as mooring cleats for securing  the boat to a
dock, pier, etc. DO NOT use these fittings for towing or
attempting to free a grounded vessel.
The United  States  Power Squadron  also offers  free
courses ranging from basic seamanship to celestial navi-
gation. For information, contact your local Power Squad-
ron, or  write:  U.S.P.S.,  P.O. Box 30423,  Raleigh, NC
The  Red Cross  offers  power boating  and  canoeing
classes.  Contact:   Director of Water Safety, American
National Red Cross, 17th  & D Streets N.W., Washing-
ton, DC 20006.
Freeing a grounded vessel or towing a boat that is dis-
abled requires specialized equipment and knowledge.
Line failure and structural damage caused by improper
towing have resulted in fatal injuries.  Because of this,
Four Winns strongly suggests  that these activities  be
left to those who  have the equipment and knowledge
such as the U.S. Coast Guard, to safely accomplish the
towing task.
The Canadian Power and Sail Squadron offers seaman-
ship courses. Information can be obtained by calling
(Canada only).
B.   Boating Manuals or Literature
A good source of information is the U.S. Coast Guard’s
home study book called “The  Skipper’s Course”.  This
book may  be purchased  through:   Superintendent of
Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washing-
ton, DC 20402, Stock # 050-012-00159-6.
Running aground can cause  serious damage
to a boat and associated  underwater gear.  If
the boat should  become grounded, distribute
personal flotation devices and inspect the boat
for possible damage.  Thoroughly inspect  the
bilge area for signs of leakage. An experienced
service facility should check the hull and under-
watergearatthefirstopportunity.    DONOTcon-
tinue to use the boat if the condition of the hull
or underwater equipment is questionable.
“Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling”. Also,
check the local library or bookstore for additional infor-
mation on boating.
C.   Charts and Maps
If towing or  being towed is absolutely  necessary, use
the strongest lines available, and attach them to the bow
eyes or stern eyes only. Have all passengers slip on life
jackets and take a seat in the cabin or other protected
U.S. nautical charts are sold throughout  the country at
Governmental Printing Office stores and other agents. A
chart catalog is available by writing to: National Oceanic
andAtmosphericAdministration, National Ocean Survey,
Rockville, MD 20852.
In addition, many federal agencies publish recreational
maps, including the U.S. Army  Corp of Engineers, the
Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Ten-
nessee ValleyAuthority.
Lines can snap or other hardware can be loos-
enedorbrokenwhiletowing.   Undercertaincon-
ditions, this can cause severe injury or fatality.
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