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● Scan carefully for swimmers, and stay
away from swimming areas. Swimmers are
hard to see and you could accidentally hit
someone in the water.
● Avoid being hit by another boat. You should
always take the responsibility to watch for
traffic; other boaters may not be watching
for you. If they do not see you, or if you ma-
neuver more quickly than other boaters ex-
pect, you risk a collision.
● Maintain a safe distance from other boats
and watercraft, and also watch for ski ropes
or fishing lines. Obey the “Rules of the
Road” and be sure to check behind you be-
fore making a turn. (See “Rules of the
Road” on page 13.)
● According to the USCG, boats under 6.1 m
(20 ft) in length like your watercraft must
carry a fire extinguisher of a B-1 classifica-
tion, with a capacity of two pounds or more
when navigating in waters under USCG ju-
risdiction. In addition, most state and local
boating laws also require that the fire extin-
guisher be approved by the USCG.
The following items should be carried on
board your watercraft:
● Sound-signaling device
You should carry a whistle or other sound-
signaling device that can be used to signal
other boats. See “Rules of the Road” for
● Visual distress signals
It is recommended that a U.S. Coast Guard
approved pyrotechnic device be stored in a
waterproof container on your watercraft. A
mirror can also be used as an emergency
signal. Contact a Yamaha dealer or the
U.S. Coast Guard for more information.
A watch is helpful so you will know how long
you have been operating the watercraft.
A towline can be used to tow a disabled wa-
tercraft in an emergency.
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