File A "Float Plan"
Before going out on a boat it is always a good idea to leave a float plan with a local marina, relative or friend. The float plan should:
- Describe the boat, its number, size, make, capacity, horsepower, and type of engine
- List where you are going, the route, and your expected return time
- Give the number of passengers, their names and addresses, and a contact in case of an emergency
- You can assure a good time while operating your boat or PWC by performing this pre-departure check.
- Leave your float plan with a responsible person.
- 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 the fire extinguisher is fully charged.
- Make sure that the stop button works on a PWC.
- Make sure the ignition safety switch and wrist lanyard are in working order.
- Make sure you have the required number of personal flotation devices (PFDs) and they are in good condition.
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