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 speciﬁ-
cally 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.
boats are not designed nor intended to
Any time the boat is operated, be aware
of changes in shift system operation. A
sudden increase in shift effort of the shifter
levers, or other abnormal operation,
indicates a possible problem in the shift
system. If this occurs, the following
precautions must be taken:
Freeing a grounded vessel or towing a boat that is
disabled requires specialized equipment and knowl-
edge. 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 equip-
ment and knowledge such as the US Coast Guard
With engine running and boat securely
tied to the dock, shift drive into forward
and reverse to ensure there is gear
When docking the boat, all docking
maneuvers must be performed at slow
speed. Pay special attention to other
boaters. Passengers should be
informed of potential problems and
or Sea Tow , to safely accomplish the towing task.
Running aground can cause serious
damage to a boat and associated under-
water 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
underwater gear at the ﬁrst opportunity.
DO NOT continue to use the boat if the
condition of the hull or underwater
If you suspect there is a problem, see your engine
manufacturer’s authorized service center as soon as
possible for proper diagnosis and required service or
adjustment. Continued operation could result in
damage to the shift mechanism and loss of control.
E. Stopping Engine
Move shifter lever(s) to the NEUTRAL position.
equipment is questionable.
Place throttle levers (if applicable) in idle position.
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
Turn ignition key to the OFF position.
DO NOT stop engine at speeds above
idle or “speed up” engine while turning off
ignition. Engine damage could result.
Lines can snap or other hardware can be
loosened or broken while towing. Under
certain conditions, this can cause severe
injury or fatality.
A - 10 GROUNDING AND TOWING
If the boat should become disabled, or
if assisting another craft that is disabled,
great care must 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.
A - 11 BOATING EDUCATION
A. Boating Courses
Boating education classes are offered throughout
the country. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
offers free courses on different topics usually during
the off-season. The most popular course is the
Operation - Section A
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|Categories||Four Winns Manuals, Four Winns Vista Manuals, Outboard Marine Corporation Manuals|
|Tags||Four Winns Vista 338|
|Model Year||2007, 2008|
|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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