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BOAT SAFETY CHECK LIST

3/12/2009
 BOAT SAFETY CHECK LIST

PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES (PFD'S)

  • PFD's must be readily accessible, correct size, & one per person.
  • Children under the age of 6 must wear a Type I or Type II while on the open deck of a vessel.
  • Persons operating, riding on, or being towed behind PWC must wear a Type I, II, or III PFD.
  • Vessels 16' or longer in length must have a Type IV throwable PFD in addition to jacket type PFD's on board.
  • Use of Type III inflatable PFD's is illegal when operating, riding on, ob being towed by a PWC.
  • Type III inflatable PFD's are legal on watercraft (other than PWC's for persons 16 years of age or older.

WATERCRAFT REGISTRATION

  • Watercraft registration must be current and on board.
  • Where required by law, ensure that the operator has State of Michigan Boater Safety Certificate on board.
  • Properly display MC numbers and current validation decal, e.g. both sides of the hull, forward half of vessel, above waterline, 3 inch block letters and numbers of contrasting colors to the watercraft's hull.

VENTILATION

  • Check for fuel smells.
  • Check for bilge for gas or oil.  Correct all flammable liquid problems before stating your engine or operating electrical devices.
  • Run your ventilation blower before initially starting the engine.
  • Before fueling, close all compartments.  After fueling is completed, open all compartments to ventilate and run the blower for at least 4 minutes to purge all trapped fumes.

FIRE EXTINGUSHERS. Required when carrying flammable liquids or fuel on board.

  • Must be fully charged.  Check the gauge or use of small test button to check the pressure.
  • Must be a type "B" fire extinguisher (for flammable liquids).
  • Must be U.S. Coast Guard approved for marine use.
  • Vessels less than 26 feet, one size 1 extinguisher is required.
  • Vessels 26 feet & less than 40 feet, two size 1 extinguishers, or one size 2 extinguisher are required.
  • Vessels 40 feet to less than 65 feet, three size 1 extinguishers, or one size 1 and one size 2 extinguisher are required.

SOUND PRODUCING DEVICE

  • Horn or portable device, e.g. whistle or air horn capable of producing a 4 second blast that can be heard for at least 1/2 mile.

LIGHTS.  Required between the hours of sunset & sunrise.

  • Red and green navigation lights.
  • White stern and/or anchor light.

VISUAL DISTRESS SIGNALS.  Required on Federal waters.

  • Accessible flares and day signals stored in a dry location.

FUEL AND OIL.

  • Be sure to have enough fuel to provide a reasonable margin for safe return.
  • Check the oil to make sure it is at the proper level.

TRAILERS.

  • Safety chains must be used when towing.
  • Trailer must be equipped with working brake lights and tail lights.
  • Make sure tires are in good condition with proper pressure.
  • Maintain wheel bearings.
  • Ensure that trailer hitch size matches the towing ball size.

SAFETY CONCERSN, TOOLS AND SPARE EQUIPMENT.

  • Consider carrying "tools" you may need such as a cell phone.
  • Spare light bulbs, spare keys, flashlights, etc.
  • Anchor & line.
  • Dock lines.
  • Boat fenders / bumpers.
  • First-Aid kit.

WEATHER AND WATER CONDITIONS

  • Check the weather forecast and file a float plan with a friend.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

5/1/2019 - 2019 - BUNNY RUN COUNTRY CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
4/23/2019 - 2018 Boat Launching
3/21/2019 - Boat/Gate Key Meeting/7:00 p.m.
2/15/2019 - Lake Wide Weed Treatment For Long Lake
The Long Lake Property Owners Association (LLPOA) has entered into discussions with the Charter Township Of Orion to establish a Special Assessment District (SAD) for the Long Lake Lake Front Homeowners for ongoing lake weed management over next 10 years.
4/26/2018 - Lakefront Homeowner's Meeting

LATEST NEWS

8/18/2019 - 2019 General Membership Meeting Minutes
6/29/2013 - Fireworks Law
6/22/2011 - Swimmer's Itch
Everything you ever wanted to know about swimmers itch...
6/15/2011 - SHORELINE EROSION...
The loss of shoreline vegetation is an increasing problem around Michigan lakes. Learn more about it here.
6/1/2011 - Who may operate a boat / watercraft in michigan...
7/28/2010 - Michigan Online Boating Safety Course and Exam
Get your Boating Safety Certificate Online!
7/1/2010 - PWCs Rules and Regulations
7/18/2009 - Boat sinks in Long Lake
Early Saturday afternoon, a 20' ski boat sank on Long Lake in Lake Orion
3/12/2009 - BOAT SAFETY CHECK LIST
Oakland County Sheriff's Office
2/12/2009 - Child Safety Tips
Oakland County Sheriff's Office
12/1/2008 - Ice Safety Tips
Oakland County Sheriff's Office

NEWSLETTERS

6/11/2019 - July 2019 Newsletter
Club & Lake Orion Events, Scholarship Program, Membership Drive, Clubhouse Rental, Weed Control, Projects, Summer Safety, Boat Dock Rental Volunteering & Community Service
10/2/2018 - October 2018 Newsletter
B.R.C.C. Election results, Halloween night, Scholarship awards, Repairs and improvements, Boat storage, Boaters and Key holders, Thanks to our members
8/3/2018 - August 2018 Newsletter
General membership meeting, Board member elections, Scholarship program, Summer Picnic, Events, Membership, Apparel, Improvements, Boat storage

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