Use this checklist as a guide to the materials and conditions
you should have for a boating trip. Your needs will vary depending
on the type of boat, the water you will be in, and the activities
planned. Add to the list as needed.
" Full fuel tank(s)
" Bell or whistle or horn, as required
" Working lights, as required
" At least one working flashlight
" Completed safety check for leaks; boat plug in
" Fuel lines and tank checked for leaks
" Suitable weather and water conditions
All boats of closed construction (the engine or fuel compartments
are not open to the atmosphere) and which use gasoline as fuel
must be equipped with a ventilation system to remove explosive
vapors from the bilges of engine and fuel tank compartments. The
explosive vapors are heavier than air and accumulate in the bottom
of the boat without proper venting, creating an extremely hazardous
Montana requires at least two ventilation intake ducts fitted
with cowls or their equivalent to vent bilges and fuel tank compartments.
At least one intake duct must be installed so that it extends
to the point at least midway to the bilge, or at least below the
level of the carburetor air intake. At least one exhaust duct
must be installed so as to extend to the lower portion of the
bilge. The duct should not be located so that a normal accumulation
of bilge water would obstruct it.
Remember to adequately ventilate your boat before starting it
by running your blower for at least 4 minutes - especially after
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