2007-2008 Four Winns Vista 338 Boat Owners Manual

D.   Man Overboard
F.   Fire
Think through and follow these procedures if someone     Most fires are caused by electrical problems or
in your boat falls overboard.
careless fueling practices. A fire on board your boat is
a serious emergency. You must work quickly to
implement safety procedures. If a fire occurs, immedi-
ately stop the engine.
Remember, every second counts, you must act
Make sure all persons aboard are wearing their
Move throttles to idle position immediately and yell
If the fire is small, attempt to put it out with your
fire extinguisher. If the fire is in the engine com-
partment, turn off the bilge blower. Do not open
the engine compartment. This feeds oxygen to the
fire and may cause it to flare up.
Throw some floating object overboard immedi-
ately. Keep your required Type IV PFD accessible
at all times for such an emergency.
Keep the person in the water in sight at all times.
Have a passenger do nothing but watch the
person. 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-
shore radio.
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.
All persons aboard should jump overboard and
swim a safe distance away from the flames.
IMPORTANT: All persons aboard should know the
location and proper operation of the fire extinguishers.
E.   Collision
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
Open flames demand constant attention.
Make sure all persons aboard are wearing their
Keep flammable materials in approved containers
in a overboard vented locker sealed from the
interior 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
passengers 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
are separated.
Extinguish smoking materials carefully.
Use special care with flame or high temperatures
around urethane foam.
Shore up the hole with a spare PFD or bunk
cushion from your boat.
Check cleaning products for flammability.
Ventilate when cleaning or painting.
While blocking the hole, trim the boat so that the
hole is out of the water.
Pre-Launch and Underway - Section S
Owner’s Manual Page 185
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CategoriesFour Winns Manuals, Four Winns Vista Manuals, Outboard Marine Corporation Manuals
Model Year2007, 2008
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