PRE-DEPARTURE CHECKLIST

Before every trip, avoid inconvenience and potential danger by taking a few minutes with this checklist:

  1. Have you checked your boat for damage?

  2. Are the engine, throttle, and steering working properly?

  3. What is the weather forecast?

  4. Do you have current maps or charts for the area in which you will be boating?

  5. Are there enough approved PFDs and lifejackets of appropriate size for everyone on board?

  6. Is all required safety equipment on board and in good working order?

  7. Is there ample fuel for the trip or will you need to refuel along the way?

  8. Is your VHF radio working properly?

  9. Do you have your first aid kit and emergency repair kit on board?

  10. Have you filed a trip plan or let a responsible person know where you are going, when you expect to return, and what your vessel looks like?

  11. Have you checked for local water hazards and boating restrictions along the route?

  12. Did you give your passengers a safety briefing?

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