B - 3 SAFE BOATING PRACTICES
Load the boat within the limits listed on the
capacity plate. Balance loads bow and stern
and port to starboard. Passengers are to sit
only on seats, not seat backs, gunwales,
engine cover, or any other unsafe locations.
YOU are responsible for your own safety, the
safety of your passengers, and the safety of
Do not use the boat in bad weather or sea
conditions beyond the skill or experience of
the operator or the comfortable capability
of the boat or passengers.
A. Drugs and Alcohol
Make sure the passengers and gear do not
obstruct the operator’s view or impede his
ability to move.
Alcohol consumption and boating do not
mix! Operating under the inﬂuence endan-
gers the lives of your passengers and
other boaters. Federal laws prohibit
operating a boat under the inﬂuence of
alcohol or drugs.
Do not exceed the maximum engine power
rating stated on the certiﬁcation plate located
inside the boat.
C. Passenger Safety
Do not use drugs or drink alcohol while operating a
boat. Like driving a car, driving a boat requires sober,
attentive care. Operating a boat while intoxicated or
under the inﬂuence of drugs is not only dangerous,
but it is also a Federal offense carrying a signiﬁcant
penalty. These laws are vigorously enforced. The
use of drugs and alcohol, singly or in combination,
decreases reaction time, impedes judgement, impairs
vision, and inhibits your ability to operate a boat.
Before getting underway, show all passengers where
emergency and safety equipment is stowed, and
explain how to use it. Everyone aboard should wear
rubber-soled shoes which resist slipping on wet
surfaces. While underway, passengers should remain
seated inside the deck rails and gates. Do not allow
passengers to drag their feet or hands in the water.
Always use handholds and other safety hardware to
prevent falls. All nonswimmers, poor swimmers and
small children should wear PFDs at all times.
B. Safe Operation
Safe operation means that you do not misuse your
boat nor do you allow your passengers to do so. Safe
operation means using good judgement at all times.
It includes, without limitation, the following actions:
Observe all safety signs and warnings both
inside the boat and in the immediate boating
Do not allow anyone near a propeller, even
when the engine is off. Propeller blades can
be sharp and continue to turn even after the
engine is shut off. Do not allow anyone near
the propeller when the throttle is in neutral
position. Accidently engaging the shift can
result in a serious injury or death. (See actual
ladder warning labels and helm boarding
ladder warning label below).
Become familiar with, and adhere to,
the “Rules of the Road”.
Maintain boat speed at or below the legal
limits. Avoid excessive speed or speeds
not appropriate for operating conditions.
Be sure at least one other passenger is famil-
iar with the operation and the safety aspects
of the boat in case of an emergency, and
knows how to use and locate all safety
Never approach or use ladder when motor is
running. Severe injury or death will result from
contact with rotating propeller.
Ladder Warning Label
Boating Safety - Section B
Owner’s Manual Page 34
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