First, consider a Safety Briefing

 Special Virus Considerations
  • Follow state and local guidance for outdoor recreation.
  • Limit the people aboard your boat to people in your immediate household.
  • Stay at least six feet away from other people who do not live in your house.
  • Wash hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer, such as after touching a marina gate or fuel pump.
  • Don’t raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others.
  • Go right from your house to the boat and back so that you don’t have unnecessary contact with anyone.
  • Pack food, water and other things you may need as restaurants and marina stores may not be open.

Key things all guests must know

  • Location of life jackets, first aid kit and fire extinguisher
  • How to make a radio call (Boat name for the Coast Guard) (Push to talk, release to listen) Distress button on radio (GPS hooked up?)
  • Where to find LAT/LONG on the boat…(GPS, Chartplotter, radio?) and how to transmit it
  • Start/stop engine procedure
  • Forward/ reverse operation
  • Kill switch operation
  • Anchor procedure

Pre-trip Checklist
Copy and paste the list below to your own document, then customize it to
fit your boat/PWC and the trips you take

 ITEMS ON BOARD
  • __ Boater education certificates/boat registration- click here for specific details
  • __ Lifejackets (PFDs) – one for each person
  • __ Throwable PFD
  • __ Visual Distress Signals
  • __ Fire Extinguishers (fully charged)
  • __ Sound Producing Device(s)
  • __ VHF Marine Radio
  • __ Anchor and Tackle
  • __ Chart(s) of Area & Navigation Tools
  • __ Magnetic Compass
  • __ Fenders and Boat Hook
  • __ Mooring Lines and Heaving line
  • __ Manual Bilge Pump or Bailing Device
  • __ Tool Kit/Spare Parts (fuses, belts,spark plugs,etc.)
  • __ Extra Fuel & Oil
  • __ Flashlight & Batteries
  • __ Search Light
  • __ First Aid Kit
  • __ Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  • __ Mirror
  • __ Food and Water
  • __ Extra Clothing (Foul weather gear, hat, gloves, etc)
  • __ Cellular Phone
  • __ Camera
  • __ GPS ( and spare batteries)
  • __ Binoculars
  • __ Fish Limits / Citation sizes
  • __ Ice in summer, heat for hot drinks in winter
 Safety Checks and Tests (Yes No N/A)
  • __ Test Marine Radio (voice call)
  • __ Test Navigation and Anchor Lights
  • __ Test Steering (free movement)
  • __ Test Tilt / Trim
  • __ Test Bilge Pump
  • __ Check for any excessive water in bilges
  • __ Check Fuel System for any leaks
  • __ Check Engine Fluids
  • __ Ensure Boat Plug is properly installed
  • __ Check Electrical System
  • __ Check Galley / Heating Systems
  • __ Check Gauges (i.e. batteries)
  • __ Check Fuel Amount
  • __ Ensure Anchor is ready for use
  • __ Check load of vessel and secure gear from shifting
  • __ Ensure passengers know Emergency Procedures and Equipment Location
  • __ Everyone put on a Lifejacket to check for proper fitting
  • __ Check the Weather Forecast
  • __ File a Float Plan with family or friend