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Keep Boating Safe and Enjoyable for Everyone
Some safety tips for PWC operators and other boaters:

Put your eyes on a swivel. Look about and behind you constantly.

Know where other traffic is at all times and give other boaters a wide berth where practical.

Stay away from other vessels when maneuvering at high speed.

Do not follow other vessels closely in an effort to jump their wake.

When traveling with other PWCs, make sure there is enough separation between vessels to prevent collision should the other operator maneuver suddenly.

Before taking off in your watercraft it’s always a good idea to perform a pre-departure check of the boat and equipment, similar to a pre-flight plan used by aircraft. Use this checklist to make sure your time on the watercraft is a trouble free and possible and to maximize your pleasure and enjoyment while underway.

* Complete and leave your float plan with a responsible person.
* Make sure that the steering and throttle controls are operating properly and all
lights are working properly.
* Check for fuel leaks from the tank, fuel lines and carburetor.
* Check fuel lines often. Replace immediately if they are hard and brittle, cracked, soft and mushy or swollen with marine grade fuel. Never! Never! Never use automobile parts on a watercraft.
* Check the engine compartment for oil leaks.
* Check hose and connections for leaks and cracks. 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 extinguishers are fully charged.
* Make sure 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 (PFD’s,
a/k/a life jackets) and that they are in good condition and easily accessible.

Theft Prevention
Theft of watercraft, boat trailers, motors and boating/fishing equipment is an ongoing problem year round. Here are some things you can do to deter or prevent your property from being stolen:


* Store your vessel so that it is not easily accessed. If possible store it in a locked garage or storage area.
* Park another vehicle in front if it and lock it or chain (with a high quality lock or
chain) it to a fixed object in a well-lighted area. Give the same attention to the
motor and fuel tanks.
* If the watercraft is moored secure it to the dock with a steel cable and lock.
* Lock the trailer hitch with a quality device.
* If the trailer is going to be stored for an extended period of time consider
removing one wheel.
* Engrave all equipment with an identifier that is familiar to you such as a DL # or other personal number and include your state abbreviation.
* Photograph or videotape all of the interior and exterior of your watercraft.
* Make a complete listing/ inventory of all your equipment including manufacturer, make, model, year and color of boat and trailer.
* Remove expensive electronics and other valuables.
* Cover your vessel and ALWAYS remove your keys.
* In the event something should happen, report it immediately, don’t wait!

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