safety tips for PWC operators and
your eyes on a swivel. Look about
and behind you constantly.
where other traffic is at all times
and give other boaters a wide berth
away from other vessels when maneuvering
at high speed.
not follow other vessels closely
in an effort to jump their wake.
traveling with other PWCs, make
sure there is enough separation
between vessels to prevent collision
should the other operator maneuver
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
* Check hose and connections for
leaks and cracks. Make sure hose
* Drain all water from the engine
compartment and be sure the bilge
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
* Make sure you have the required
number of personal flotation devices
a/k/a life jackets) and that they
are in good condition and easily
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
* 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
* Lock the trailer hitch with a quality
* 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
* Remove expensive electronics and
* Cover your vessel and ALWAYS remove
* In the event something should happen,
report it immediately, don’t
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