Chapter 3 X Vessel Operation
LEARN TO MAKE EMERGENCY REPAIRS Problem Possible Solution
You can temporarily use a small line, like a bathing suit drawstring or a pair of pantyhose, in place of the broken belt. Tie the ends together tightly around the pulleys with a square knot.
Broken drive belt
Wrap the break with duct tape.
Broken pipe or hose
Check the portable fuel tank for vapor lock. Check to see if seaweed, rope, or fishing line has fouled the propeller or if the drive pin has been sheared.
Catch the oil in a pan and pour it back into the engine.
Engine oil leak
While Underway Check to make sure passengers are not riding on the bow or gunwales. Check the posted speed signs—move slowly when near the shore or crowded areas. Check crowded areas for collision hazards, especially in fog or storms. Check for and obey “no wake” signs. You may have to pay for damage caused by your wake. Check for any posted local laws or regulations. Check for wood, plastic bags, seaweed or anything else that may foul the propeller or jet pump. In smaller boats, passengers should not stand up or move around. If a passenger must move to another seat, make sure that: The skipper is informed of passenger movement. The passenger holds onto the gunwales. The passengers keeps their centers of gravity as low as possible. The other passengers or gear are moved to counter-balance the shift in weight.
TAKE NOTE A Practical Guide to Gauging the Distance When you don’t see speed limit signs, operate the boat so that it will not endanger others. Speed is limited to 5 mph within 200 feet of a beach with bathers…a swimming or diving platform…or a landing or dock where boats are tied up or which passengers are using…or 100 feet of bathers in the water. f A distance of 200 feet is two-thirds the length of a football field. f A distance of 100 feet is one-third of a football field.
California Course for Safe Boating
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