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
NOT attempt to swim ashore, it may be further than it
5. Shore up the hole with a spare PFD or bunk cush-
ion from your boat.
6. While blocking the hole, trim the boat so that the
hole is out of the water.
D. Man Overboard
Think through and follow these procedures if some-
one in your boat falls overboard.
Most fires are caused by electrical problems or care-
less fueling practices. A fire on board your boat is a
serious emergency. You must work quickly to imple-
ment safety procedures. If a fire occurs, immediately
stop the engine.
Remember, every second counts, you must act
Move throttles to idle position immediately and yell
1. Make sure all persons aboard are wearing their
Throw some floating object overboard immediately.
Keep your required Type IV PFD accessible at all
times for such an emergency.
2. If the fire is small, attempt to put it out with your fire
extinguisher. If the fire is in the engine compart-
ment, turn off the bilge blower. Do not open the
engine compartment. This feeds oxygen to the fire
and may cause it to flare up.
Keep the person in the water in sight at all times.
Have a passenger do nothing but watch the per-
son. Do not go into the water to help the victim.
One person in the water is enough trouble.
If the fire gets out of control, execute a distress
signal and call for help if equipped with a ship-to-
Circle around quickly, approaching into the wind
and waves. When the person is alongside, put the
engine in neutral and throw them a Type IV PFD
with a line attached or extend a paddle or boat hook
within his/her reach.
4. All persons aboard should jump overboard and
swim a safe distance away from the flames.
IMPORTANT: All persons aboard should know the lo-
cation and proper operation of the fire extinguishers.
If a serious collision occurs, you should first check the
condition of all passengers aboard, then inspect your
boat to determine the extent of damage.
Use only approved marine cooking and heating
Make sure all persons aboard are wearing their
Open flames demand constant attention.
Keep flammable materials in approved containers
in a overboard vented locker sealed from the inte-
rior of the boat.
If you need help and your boat has a ship-to-shore
radio, first contact the U.S. Coast Guard (VHF
Channel 16) or other rescue authorities immedi-
Ensure ventilation systems are unobstructed.
Remove mooring covers before starting engine.
Check the bilge for fuel leaks.
Prepare to assist the other vessel unless your pas-
sengers and/or boat are in danger.
If the bow of the other boat penetrated your boat’s
hull, prepare to block the opening once the boats
Extinguish smoking materials carefully.
Use special care with flame or high temperatures
around urethane foam.
Vista™ Owner’s Manual
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|Document Type||Owner's Manual|
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