Electrical appliances must be within rated amper-
age of boat circuits. Observe the boat carefully
while the electrical system is being energized.
the hydraulic ﬂuid reservoir level. Most stern drives
are power assisted and have their own hydraulic
reservoir and engine mounted drive pump; check the
level of reservoir and drive pump belt. If the steering
is not operating properly, do not operate the boat
and call for assistance.
Allow only a qualiﬁed marine electrician to service
the boats electrical system.
G. Medical Emergency
K. Additional Underway Information
Accidents while boating can and may happen. Be
prepared to handle these emergencies when they
happen. Keeping a ﬁrst aid kit and dry blankets on
board can assist during these situations. It is also a
good idea to contact your local Red Cross for informa-
tion and training on ﬁrst aid and CPR.
Always be aware of local laws on noise limits.
Noise means engine noise, radio noise or even
yelling by people on your boat. Good seaman-
ship demands that you operate your boat quietly
so as not to infringe on the rights of others. Don’t
use thru-transom exhaust unless you are well off
H. Propulsion Failure
You are responsible for any damage or injury
caused by your boat’s wake. Observe no wake
speed zone warnings. Operate your boat with
regard for the safety of other boats and people
in your boating area.
Before you call for help regarding an engine or drive
unit failure, it is a good idea to eliminate the possibil-
ity of simple problems. Turn off the engine and check
to see that (1) there is fuel in the tank; (2) the engine
cooling intakes on the outdrive are not clogged; (3)
props are clean and free of weeds, netting, etc.; (4) no
hoses are leaking; (5) there is oil in the engine.
Keep your engine well tuned to decrease exhaust
hydrocarbon emissions that pollute the air and
Once you have checked out the possibilities listed
above and ﬁnd they are not the problem, call for help
giving your position and a detailed description of your
T - 11 RETURNING TO SHORE
Always approach the dock slowly. Think before acting.
If you are wondering whether your boat will ﬁt in a
space against a dock, remember that pilings are often
(but not always) spaced 10 feet apart.
In the unlikely event of a shift/throttle failure, shut
down the engine immediately. Carefully check the
control connections in the engine compartment to
see if they are secure. If not, try to locate the attach-
ing hardware and reassemble. If that is not possible,
try to use whatever is available such as paper clips,
hair clips, tape, etc., to secure the connections. If a
temporary repair is made, return to port at the slowest
steerable speed and be prepared to take emergency
action should the temporary repair fail also. Have your
dealer make repairs before using the boat again.
Remember that it is easier to control a boat in reverse
because a boat steers from the stern. When backing
into a slip, back so that bow swings into the wind if
possible. You will have more control.
If possible, come in against the wind or current, which-
ever is stronger. Approach the dock at a 30-45° angle.
As the boat nears the dock, slowly swing parallel to it.
Tie the bow line ﬁrst; then the stern. If wind or current
is moving toward the dock, move parallel to the dock
further out. Let the wind or current push you in.
Tie the stern ﬁrst, then the bow.
If a problem with the steering occurs, shut down the
engine immediately. Check the connections to the
drive unit in the engine compartment. Some boats
have a push/pull cable while others will have hydraulic
hose connections. With cable connections, check the
attaching hardware and tighten it if necessary. If you
have hydraulic hose connections, check to see if they
are leaking. If so, tighten the connections and check
Use extreme caution if wind or current is from your
stern. Back in towards the dock slowly at a slight
angle with engine in slow reverse. Gently swing
parallel. Tie stern ﬁrst, then the bow.
Prelaunch and Underway - Section T
Owner’s Manual Page 142
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