Newsletter


2016-04-26
Launching Check List


Make your own Checklist for the following Items & Basic procedures!

BEFORE LAUNCHING CHECK:                                           

(INLAND LAUNCHING):

  1. That the motor/s will start.
  2. That the throttle control/s is/are working.
  3. That the kill switch/-es is/are working.
  4. That the motor/s is/are well secured.
  5. That the shear pins are intact.
  6. That the steering is free and will turn full to star-board and portside.
  7. That the steering cable and pulleys are in good order.
  8. That ALL tight-downs are removed.
  9. If it is Hydraulic steering that there is NO leaks.
  10. That the fuel connections are firmly locked into position and that the fuel is free to flow to the motor/s.
  11. That the fuel tank/s is/are full.
  12. That the battery connections are clean and tight.
  13. That the prop/s is/are not broken.
  14. That the drain plugs are replaced and tight.
  15. That you have sufficient Life-Jackets for the amount of people on the boat.
  16. That the boat has Buoyancy & Buoyancy Certificate.
  17. That the skipper has a Skipper’s license.
  18. That the boat has a C.O.F. (Certificate Of Fitness) Certificate.
  19. Check ALL Safety Equipment is in Tack.
  20. The success of the trip is based on reliability and well-disciplined crew.

(OFF-SHORE BEACH LAUNCHING):

  1. That the motors will start.
  2. That the throttle controls are working.
  3. That the kill switches are working.
  4. That the motors are well secured.
  5. That ALL tight-downs are removed.
  6. That you have sufficient Life-Jackets for the amount of people on the boat.
  7. That the boat has Buoyancy & Buoyancy Certificate.
  8. That the skipper has a Skipper’s license.
  9. That the boat has a C.O.F. (Certificate Of Fitness) Certificate.
  10. That the Vessel has a Valid Sea-Worthy Certificate.
  11. Check ALL Safety Equipment is in Tack.
  12. That the shear pins are intact.
  13. That the steering is free and will turn full to star-board and portside.
  14. That the steering cable and pulleys are in good order.
  15. That the fuel connections are firmly locked into position and that the fuel is free to flow to the motors.
  16. That the fuel tanks are full.
  17. That the battery connections are clean and tight.
  18. That the props are not broken.
  19. That the drain plugs are replaced and tight.
  20. That everything, including fishing rods, is securely tied down and no traces with hooks are attached to the lines and that loose gear are stowed and sealed in the hatches.
  21. That the crew know about holding the boat.
  22. The success of the trip is based on reliability and well-disciplined crew.
  23. The skipper has full control of motors and throttle – his crew’s safety depends upon this. Before considering taking a boat out to sea, a checklist should ALWAYS be prepared and it should be steadfastly adhered to at all times. The following should NEVER BE IGNORED!!!
  1. Weather Prognosis: Obtain this from a MET station. What it is like now and what it will be like over the next 24 Hours.
  2. Study the launch site! Take careful note of the tide, rip or long shore currents, sandbanks and shark nets. Consult with locals for more detailed information.
  3. Any other general hazards.
  4. Obtain all local rules pertaining to the area.
  5. Acquire safety and other essential information.
  6. Departure details stating ETD (Estimate Time of Departure) & ETA (Estimate Time of Arrival).