Safety Officer's Report March 2015
Safety report for March 2015
1.) When launching your boat be sure the drain plug is installed. Pretty basic but too often overlooked. Try making yourself a note.
2.) Is your boat too big to have a drain plug? Well then you better be even more diligent before a launch to check that water isn't going to leak in from some other opening. Were cooling hoses disconnected to prevent freezing and not hooked back up? Are clamps tight on those hoses, thru-hull's and seacock's? Are hoses in good shape? Is the stuffing box still in good shape and the hose between it and the shaft log good? Are your thru-hull sensors installed and done up, particularly the speed-log paddlewheel? Can you see and check all hoses that carry raw water including drains for the sinks and hoses for the head?
Remember, you want your trailer to be in good shape. It might be what you use to prevent your boat from sinking when you launch it. Make sure your trailer winch works well so you can recover your boat as it fills with water. As you launch the boat, do it slowly and monitor regularly for water ingress. Where is it from and what needs to be closed, tightened or plugged? A friend was helping with a launch recently and after the contract boat mover left and was halfway to town they discovered water pouring in through a disconnected hose on one of the inboard/outboard legs. There was a mad flurry of phone calls to contact the driver to return to the ramp before the newly rebuilt boat sank.