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Inflatable Boating - Safety first
When boating: learn
and respect the local regulations and practices. Do not neglect the
safety rules, this could jeopardize your life and the lives of others.
Before setting off,
make sure you are thoroughly briefed and feel comfortable with
operating the boat. You will be responsible not only for its safe and
correct operation but also for the behavior and safety of yourself and
Never leave port
without the essential safety equipment: lifejackets (PDFs), foot-pump,
repair kit, paddles/oars, maps, license and the other necessary
equipment required by law in your area.
not exceed the authorized number of persons or weight.
No alcohol or
not drink alcohol or take drugs before or while operating your
boat. Maintain passengers sobriety.
use the stop switch lanyard: Your outboard comes equipped with
a stop switch safety lanyard to prevent a runaway boat in case the
operator falls overboard. Attach it to the operator, it could save
know the distance you can cover on
your supply of fuel. Fuel usage varies with sea conditions. Always
keep enough fuel to enable you to reach land.
The propeller is
keeps hands away from the propeller.
personal flotation devices (PFD's): PFD's are required
equipment. Wear them.
sure your passengers remain seated: sitting on the buoyancy
tubes may be comfortable at rest or at low speeds provided your
passengers use the grab line. At planning speeds, in rough water
or during sharp turns, all passengers should position themselves
in seats or on the floor. We will take no responsibility if this
warning is disregarded.
bow riding: Bow riding is illegal in most areas and is
careful when docking: Arms
and legs may be injured if they are outside the boat.
clear of swimmers and divers: Always avoid areas where
divers/swimmers are in the water. Keep a sharp lookout especially
when operating near beaches and launch sites. Shut off the motor
when operating near someone in the water.
OBSERVE THE RULES OF
THE SEA. LEARN TO CONTROL YOUR BOAT CORRECTLY AND TO RESPECT THE
NAVIGATION RULES. TAKE A BOATING SAFETY COURSE TO IMPROVE YOUR
KNOWLEDGE. ALWAYS OPERATE WITH COURTESY AND RESPECT.
mooring: use the lateral D-rings
: WHEN MOORED, THE SELF BAILERS SHOULD REMAIN OPEN TO DRAIN THE
Inflatables should always be towed using a bridle; never use a single
line attached to the bow handle. Use the 2 lateral D-rings made for this
BEING HOISTED OR PLACED ON DAVITS, THE BOAT MUST BE EMPTY (NO
PASSENGER, NO EQUIPMENT) AND TIPPED TOWARD THE REAR. SELF
BAILERS SHOULD REMAIN OPEN TO DRAIN THE RAIN WATER.
Hauling on trailer:
must be properly inflated
the rollers (or supports) of the trailer to fit the shape of the
boat onto the trailer using the lateral D rings
bottom of the transom must rest on the trailer bunks
the motor in the down position so that it can rest on the support
provided on the trailer
bailer should remain open
the straps and ensure the buoyancy tubes are protected against
Photos and information
courtesy of Zodiac Canada - www.zodiac.ca