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Module 04 - Safe Boat Operation

Controlling Your Boat

Most boats are steered as water passes over the rudder or outdrive, and is forced backward by the propeller. The force of the water moving through the propeller pushes the boat forward or to the left or right, depending on which direction the operator is steering.

If power to the propeller is cut, the operator can still steer the boat as long as the boat is still moving or “coasting” through the water.

WHEN STEERING YOUR BOAT

  • Always check your surroundings in all directions for any obstacles, or other boat traffic.
  • Turn your boat in a smooth predictable manner, once you’re confident that the way is clear.
  • Never turn your boat in an unexpected way - rapid or “jerky” steering is dangerous, and will make it difficult for other boaters to predict your movements.

Stopping your boat: 

To stop your boat, decrease throttle using a smooth even motion until it slows down to idle speed. Then, shift the boat to the neutral position to bring it to a complete stop. 

Remember: Your boat doesn’t have brakes! When stopping, you’ll need to allow for enough distance for your boat to coast to a complete stop.

 

 

 

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