Inflatable boat safety tips
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 your passengers.
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.
Do not exceed the authorized number of persons or weight.
No alcohol or drugs: Do not drink alcohol or take drugs before or while operating your boat. Maintain passengers sobriety.
Always 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 a life.
Ensure you 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 dangerous. Always keeps hands away from the propeller.
Use personal flotation devices (PFD's): PFD's are required equipment. Wear them.
Make 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.
No bow riding: Bow riding is illegal in most areas and is extremely dangerous.
Be especially careful when docking: Arms and legs may be injured if they are outside the boat.
Keep 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 and towing:
For mooring: use the lateral D-rings
NOTE : WHEN MOORED, THE SELF BAILERS SHOULD REMAIN OPEN TO DRAIN THE RAIN WATER.
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 purpose.
Lifting - Davits:
WHEN 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:
The boat must be properly inflated.
Adjust the rollers (or supports) of the trailer to fit the shape of the boat. Haul the boat onto the trailer using the lateral D rings.
The bottom of the transom must rest on the trailer bunks.
Place the motor in the down position so that it can rest on the support provided on the trailer.
The self bailer should remain open.
Tie down the straps and ensure the buoyancy tubes are protected against chafing