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Pre-Departure Checklist

Pre-Departure Checklist by Import-USA-Boat For Hassle-Free Boating Journey

Do you feel you have it all to be a safe boater? As the weather heats up, so does the excitement to get on the water, which is why it is important to focus on pre-departure checklist before climbing aboard this season.

Lack of preparation could lead to a breach of the general safety obligation. It is the responsibility of Import-USA-Boat to guide you about how boat is safe to use, the right safety equipment and how to use it properly.

The great way to avoid unsuitable boating conditions, reduce the risk of a breakdown, and to ensure you have the required boat safety equipment on board is the following pre-departure checklist given by Import-USA-Boat :

BATTERY CARE

  • It is essential to keep the selector switch in the proper position in dual charging system.
  • Make sure to charge the rechargeable batteries.
  • The power should be on to the entire vessel.
  • One must have aboard spare batteries for accessories such as portable navigational, aid handheld radio, flashlight, etc.

ANCHORING AND DOCKING TIPS

  • During encounter unusual conditions dockside, it is advisable to carry two or three extra dock.
  • It is necessary to have at least one anchor set up and bent-on to your anchor line.
  • Visual inspection of the lines you use for chafe or wear is must.
  • Two fenders should be carried on board for docking or towing.

FUEL AND OIL

  • The engine oil and coolant levels need a proper check.
  • Top off your fuel tanks.

TOOLS AND SPARES

  • Basic toolbox with tools appropriate for your boat is required.
  • Take along a box of spares including fuel filter, head parts, hull plugs, light bulbs etc.

VENTILATION

  • Check the ventilation of interior spaces before departure especially on vessels using LPG for cooking or heat, any powered vessel or auxiliary powered sailboat.
  • Run the blowers for several minutes before departing in case of detection of fuel smells before ventilating.

BILGES

  • Bilges need a regular check to ensure they are reasonably dry and that pumps are not running excessively.
  • Prevent overboard discharge by cleaning up any spilled oil or waste in bilges.

SOUND PRODUCING DEVICES

  • Whistle attachment is required to each PFD.
  • Horn capability should be least 1/2 mile on board, producing a four-second blast audible.

BETTER BOAT LIGHTING

  • Check navigation lights for operation and brightness.
  • Make sure lenses are clear and not cracked or obscured.
  • Inspect housings for proper seals and solid mounting.
  • Check wiring and connections for looseness and fraying as well as overall condition.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

  • Expiration dates are written on fire extinguishers. Do check it to be sure the ones on the boat are still in useable condition.
  • The working condition of nozzles should be checked.
  • Accessibility needs a check to make sure area is free of clutter or other obstacles that could slow a person down when trying to retrieve an extinguisher.

RULES & DOCUMENTATION

  • Carry the radio license, essential ship’s papers, fishing permit, etc. on board.
  • Enhance your level of local knowledge with the charts for the area you intend to cruise in.

PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES (PFDS)

  • If the vessel is more than 16 feet long, additional throw able device is required.
  • If the passengers and crew are new to the vessel, explain the location and use of all PFDs.
  • It is necessary to have at least one Coast Guard-approved device per passenger and a minimum of two on board.

Safe boat operation is coupled with preparation, prevention and practice. The multi-disciplinary knowledge of American Boat Sales Company wants to help you in preventing any unpleasant event. Import-USA-Boat assures you a good time while operating your vessel by performing this pre-departure check.

MINIMIZE BACKTRACKING WITH AN EXCLUSIVE PRE-DEPARTURE CHECKLIST PREPARED BY IMPORT-USA-BOAT!!!!