Check-list before starting
- Check weather, local currents and wind conditions.
- Do not forget to advise someone on land of the time you plan to be back.
- Explain basic boat operations to all passengers.
- Make sure that one of your passengers can handle the boat in case of emergency.
- Be sure inflation pressure is correct.
- Inspect the valve caps. Remove the self-bailer cap.
- Retighten the motor clamps. If it is not bolted, make sure you secure your engine with a safety lanyard attached to the bracket and the motor plate.
- Top up fuel and oil levels.
- if your outboard has a separate oil tank do not forget to fill it up.
- install your fuel tank in the location provided. Check its fittings.
- Safety equipment (check local regulations) :
- 1 personal flotation device (PFD) per person
- the foot-pump, the paddles (or the oars)
- the repair kit and your tool kit
- the mandatory equipment
- the boat papers and your boating license
ENSURE YOUR FUEL SYSTEM IS IN GOOD ORDER AND MAINTAIN IT PROPERLY TO AVOID THE RISKS OF EXPLOSION OR FIRE HAZARDS. DON'T OPERATE A BOAT IF THE HORSEPOWER OF THE MOTOR EXCEEDS THE HORSEPOWER RATING.
On the water :
Check that the load is evenly distributed :
- In normal conditions, the load must be distributed along the centreline of the boat, preferably at the rear
- For single-handed operation, remain on the starboard side to compensate the torque of the propeller
In a "following" sea
load the stern
the tilt pin should be in the 3rd or the 4th position
In a "head on" sea,
load the bow
the tilt pin should be in the 2nd or even in the 1st hole position>
Under way :
- Respect local regulations and practices.
- Do not make a sharp change in direction without advising the passengers
- Inspect the tightness of the engine clamps several minutes after starting the engine
- Make your passengers sit on the wooden seat (standard equipment) or inside the boat
In case of incident :
An inflatable boat is practically unsinkable, even when full of water. If after an accident, a compartment deflates, bring it inside the boat and return at reduced speed. In case of a collision or an impact with a floating object, stop to examine the hull, the buoyancy tubes, the motor and its attachments and return to shore at a low speed.
Take your boat to your dealer for inspection before using it again.
NEGLECTING INSPECTIONS AND REPAIRS COULD REDUCE THE LIFE OF YOUR BOAT AND MAY BE DANGEROUS.