. After shifting is completed, continue to move the
control handle slowly in the desired direction to
A - 10 GROUNDING AND TOWING
If the boat should become disabled, or if as-
sisting 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
Any time the boat is operated, be aware of
changes in shift system operation. A sudden
increase in shift effort at the remote control
handle, or other abnormal operation, indicates
a possible problem in the shift system. If this
occurs, the following precautions must be
Four Winns boats are not designed nor intended to
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 spe-
ciﬁcally designed as mooring cleats for secur ing the
boat to a dock, pier, etc. DO NOT use these ﬁttings
for towing or attempting to free a grounded vessel.
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 ma-
neuvers must be performed at slowspeed.
Pay special attention to other boaters.
Passengers should be informed of poten-
tial problems and precaution 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 or
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.
Sea Tow to safely accomplish the towing task.
G. Stopping Engine
Running aground can cause serious damage
to a boat and associated underwater 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 experi-
enced 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 equipment is ques-
Move control handle to the NEUTRAL position.
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.
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 passen-
gers slip on life jackets and take a seat in the cabin
or other protected area.
Operation - Section A
Owner’s Manual Page 20
|Categories||Four Winns F-Series Manuals, Four Winns Manuals|
|Tags||Four Winns F|
|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|
|Document File Type|
|Wikipedia's Page||Outboard Marine Corporation|
(0 votes, average: 0 out of 5)