Safe Boating Checklist
Name of Renter:______________________________________________________
What to bring: drivers’ license or other photo ID, exact cash if not pre-registered, water, light snack if desired, water shoes or sneakers, sunscreen already applied, full brim hat, light color clothes, camera phone placed in dry bag provided. Non-alcoholic drinks & snacks typically available for purchase at marina Ship’s Store.
Check weather report. Do not go out if under 60 degrees, over 15 mph steady wind, or 50% or greater chance of heavy rain or storm.
- Boat #2: 12 foot 2-person
- Boat #3: 12 foot 2-person
- Boat #4: 12 foot 2-person
- Boat #5: 12 foot 2-person
- Boat #6: 12 foot 2-person
- Weight of persons of ______pounds is less than the allowed capacity of 438 pounds. Total weight of persons, motor, & gear not to exceed 555 pounds.
- Maintain balanced loading so boat does not lean too far left or right.
Review trolling motor:
- Pull motor handle out for forward, then turn handle to bring to desired speed.
- Turn motor off before switching from forward to reverse, and vice-versa.
- Push handle back for reverse, then turn handle to bring to desired speed.
- Turn motor left to turn bow of boat to the right.
- Turn motor right to turn bow of boat to the left.
Identify battery box, painter (for tying up to dock), paddles, dry bag & cooler (with plastic bag inside for any trash).
Select and check fit of USCG-approved Type III Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) located in carts outside near marina gazebo. Note lifejacket sizes on carts. Locate signaling whistles on each lifejacket.
Parents must provide USCG-approved lifejackets for their children. We do not stock small & children’s sizes.
Make sure all passengers wearing PFDs at all times on the water.
Boat license to remain in zipped front pocket of cooler.
Getting in and out of boats:
- Shade canopies are not hand holds! Do not grab or hold.
- Motor stopped when loading or unloading.
- Sit on edge of dock, step or roll into middle of boat, then into seat.
- Do not stand at any time on boats.
- Stay away from swimmers, fisherman and their lines, other boats, shallow water, submerged dock pilings, floating wood, overhanging tree branches and land.
- Stay with the group & aware of the escort guide’s location.
- Boats approaching each other usually pass with left (or port) sides facing each other.
- Stay alert. Operator must have unobstructed view of water and maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing at all times.
- Return to dock if sudden storms appear on horizon.
- In event of capsize, seek to right the boat and get back in it. In general, stay with the boat until assistance arrives.
- Render assistance that can safely be provided to anyone under danger at sea.
- Report all accidents resulting in injury or substantial damage to Solar Boat Tours at 228/363-2529, the Department of Marine Resources at 228-374-5000, and file online accident report with US Coast Guard within 48 hours.
At end of voyage:
- Take personal belongings with you.
- Report your arrival back to port to Solar Boat Tours at 228-363-2529 if you somehow got separated from the group.
Reviewed and understood this _______ day of ________, 2014 by: