PRE-LAUNCH AND UNDERWAY
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LAUNCH AND CRUISE CHECKLIST
Get a current weather report. If the weather will not be favorable, postpone your trip.
If your boat has been out of the water, check to see that all bilge water has drained out.
Install hull drain plugs.
Inspect the hull and propeller for damage. Excessive dirt or marine growth will effect your boat’s
performance and fuel efficiency.
Check the electrical system and navigation lights.
If your boat has been in the water, run the bilge pump until the flow of water stops.
Check that all required safety equipment is on board and in good working condition. Examples
include personal flotation devices (PFDs), horn, fire extinguisher, visual distress signals, etc. Take
along a gallon of drinking water.
Check that other important equipment is on board. Examples include mooring lines, anchor and
line, tool kit, first aid kit, etc.
Open engine compartment. Inspect for fuel odors and visible leaks in the fuel, oil, coolant, ex-
haust and power steering systems.
Visually inspect engine for cracked hose, defective belts, or other signs of engine problems.
Check engine oil and battery water levels. Check power steering fluid level. Check battery electro-
Check fuel level. Fuel tanks should be filled to slightly less than capacity. Allow for fuel expansion.
Check that all engine and accessory seacocks are operational.
Make sure navigation charts and equipment are on board.
Check operation of steering system, navigation lights, and operation of horn.
Make sure passengers and crew know what to do in case of an emergency and how to operate
Make sure all required documents are on board.
File a float plan with a responsible party ashore.
Keep an eye on the weather. Be aware of possible changing conditions by monitoring local
weather broadcasts prior to departure. The captain or first mate should personally monitor strong
winds and electrical storms.
Always keep accurate up-to-date charts of your boating area on board.
Vista™ Owner’s Manual
|Categories||Four Winns Manuals, Four Winns Vista Manuals, Outboard Marine Corporation Manuals|
|Tags||Four Winns Vista 378|
|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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|Wikipedia's Page||Outboard Marine Corporation|
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