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Safe Boating Checklist

THREE KEYS TO SAFE BOATING/SAFE BOATING CHECKLIST

Most boating accidents are the result of easily prevented mistakes. Every time you launch your boat, be sure to observe the Three Keys to Safe Boating and the Safe Boating Checklist, developed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The NMMA, representing U.S. boat manufacturers and suppliers

THREE KEYS TO SAFE BOATING

Make sure everybody on your boat wears a functional personal flotation
device (life jacket!).

Designate a driver who will refrain from drinking.

Make sure weather conditions are safe before launching your boat

SAFE BOATING CHECKLIST

Understand the basic rules of the waterways and safety procedures. Take a class on boating safety if you're unsure.

Am I OVERLOADING the boat? Check the manufacturer's weight recommendations on the capacity plate.

Is EMERGENCY GEAR (fire extinguisher, bailer, paddle, anchor & line, signaling device, tool kit, etc.) in place?

Is the STEERING SYSTEM working smoothly and properly?

Does the FUEL SYSTEM have adequate fuel -- are there leaks or fumes?

Is the BATTERY fully charged and are cable terminals clean and tight?

Is the ENGINE in neutral?

Is all ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT (lights, horn, pump, etc.) working?

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