S - 3 LOADING PASSENGERS AND GEAR
A. Preliminary Checks
When loading your boat, remember to distribute the
load evenly. Keep the load low and do not overload.
On certain V series models a capacity plate afﬁxed to
your boat states the maximum load capacity. The plate
shows in pounds, the amount of persons and gear that
the boat will safely handle under normal conditions.
U. S. Coast Guard regulations establishes these load
capacity ratings. Position passengers and gear so that
the load is balanced.
1. Secure boat to the dock before attempting to start
engine. The boat should be kept secure until the
engine is running and warmed up.
2. Operate the bilge pump until the ﬂow of water
3. Make sure the throttle is in the neutral position
and stern drive or outboard is lowered into water.
Make sure passengers seated in the bow area do
not obstruct the driver’s vision.
The NMMA Yacht Certiﬁcation rating (indicated
by a yacht certiﬁcation plate - see Preface
page 9) places the responsibility on the captain
to make the determination as to the appropriate
load, load placement and number of pass-
engers permitted aboard the vessel.
To prevent excessive exposure and reduce the
possibility of carbon monoxide accumulation in
the cockpit areas of the boat, the operator
should provide adequate ventilation in each of
these areas. Utilize hatches, doors, windows
and side vents to increase air movement. See
Section B-2 for information about the dangers
of Carbon Monoxide.
When loading, always step into the boat, never board
by jumping. Have someone on the dock pass your gear
aboard. Secure all gear ﬁrmly so it doesn’t move or
interfere with operation of the boat. Passengers should
board the boat one-at-a-time and be seated.
IMPORTANT: Passengers are prohibited from riding
on the bow with feet hanging over the side or ride while
sitting on the stern, gunwales or seatbacks. The Coast
Guard considers these acts to be negligent or grossly
negligent operation. They are prohibited by law be-
cause falls from moving boats are a major cause of
fatal recreational boating accidents.
Notice: Additional starting information is located in
Check all electrical systems and navigation lights.
Turn the battery switches to the ON position.
If one of the designated engine batteries fails to
start its respective engine, engage the “EMER-
GENCY START” switch at the helm and attempt
to start the engine.
IMPORTANT: The presence of the capacity plate does
not relieve the boat operator from the responsibility of
using common sense or sound judgment. Turbulent
waters and adverse weather conditions will reduce the
maximum load capacity rating of the boat.
If your boat has fuel injection, turn the key to start
the engine. Engine will not turn over if throttle is
not in the neutral position.
S - 4 STARTING PROCEDURES
Once engine has warmed up, check water
temperature gauge to ensure engine temperature
stays within optimum range. If temperature
reading is abnormally high, stop engine immedi-
ately and inspect for cause of high reading.
The operation and maintenance manual supplied with
your engine provides pre-start, starting and cold-
starting instructions. The following information is merely
a guide and not intended to explain in detail all starting
procedures and instructions. Refer to your engine
With engine running, voltmeter should show a
reading between 12 and 15 volts.
Check steering operation. Turn steering wheel full
to port and starboard while observing outdrive
Pre-Launch and Underway - Section S
Owner’s Manual Page 187
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