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Pre-Departure Checklist

You can assure a good time while operating your vessel by performing this pre-departure check.

  • Check the weather forecast for the area and timeframe during which you will be boating.
  • Make sure that the steering and throttle controls operate properly and all lights are working properly.
  • Check for any fuel leaks from the tank, fuel lines, and carburetor.
  • Check the engine compartment for oil leaks.
  • Check hose connections for leaks or cracks, and make sure hose clamps are tight.
  • Drain all water from the engine compartment, and be sure the bilge plug is replaced and secure.
  • Check to be sure you have a fully charged engine battery and fire extinguishers.
  • If so equipped, make sure the ignition safety switch and wrist lanyard are in good order.
  • Make sure you have the required number of personal flotation devices (PFDs), and check that they are in good condition.
  • Leave a float plan with a reliable friend or relative.
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