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PREMIER MARINE INC.
Congratulations on the purchase of your new Premier pontoon.
We have taken great care and pride in the design and construction of your new boat so that
you may enjoy it for many years to come. Please read thoroughly all materials enclosed within your Owner’s Packet. We hope you will find the guidelines and suggestions useful.
Please take the time to verify your warranty registration on your new boat by visiting
Premier Marine, along with our entire dealership network, is here to provide service to you.
We are dedicated to our product and our customers. If at any time you have questions or
comments about your boat, first contact the dealership where you purchased your boat.
If you need additional service, please feel free to contact Premier.
We at Premier value you, your family and friends. Always practice safe boating while operating
your Premier boat. Do not operate your boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs and always wear your life jackets.
26612 Fallbrook Avenue • P.O. Box 509 • Wyoming, MN 55092
1-800-815-6392 • 651-462-2880 • FAX: 651-462-2881 • www.pontoons.com
Premier Marine, Inc. is a member of NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) which certifies the production of boats to comply to the recommended practices and engineering standards of the American Boat and Yacht Council and the U.S. Coast Guard. These standards apply to all Premier boats.
Because of our policy of continuous product improvement, the illustrations used in this manual may not be the same as your boat and are intended as representative reference views. Some controls, indicators or information may be optional and not included on your boat.
Premier Marine, Inc.
Copyright © 2012
This manual has been compiled to help you operate your pontoon with safety and pleasure. It contains details of the craft, the equipment supplied or fitted, its systems, and information on its operation and maintenance. Please read it carefully and familiarize yourself with the pontoon before use.
If this is your first boat, or if you are changing to a type of craft you are not familiar with, for your own comfort and safety, please ensure that you obtain handling and operating experience before assuming command of the pontoon. Your dealer or yacht club will be pleased to advise you of local sea schools or competent instructors.
PLEASE KEEP THIS MANUAL IN A SECURE PLACE, AND HAND IT OVER TO THE NEW OWNER WHEN YOU SELL THE CRAFT.
1 INTRODUCTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.1
Design Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.1
Hazard Communication Statements. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.2
Owner Advisory Statements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.2
Protecting the Environment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.2
General Information. . .1.2
Boat Delivery Responsibilities. . .1.3
Warranty. . .1.4
Transfer of Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.4
Equipment Manufacturer Manuals. . .1.4
Owner Responsibilities. . .1.4
Boating Laws and Regulations. . .1.4
Hazard Communication Labels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.5
Service and Maintenance Log. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.8
2 SAFETY. . 2.1
Safe Boating Recommendations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.1
Safety Gear and Equipment. . .2.1
Safe Boating Practices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.3
Carbon Monoxide. . .2.4
Lanyard Stop Switch. . .2.5
Water Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.6
Water Sports Responsibility Code. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.7
3 SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS. . 3.1
Electrical System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.1
Instruments. . .3.2
Controls. . .3.2
Depth Gauge/Flasher. . .3.3
Fish Finder/Graph. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.3
Trolling Motor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.3
Livewell. . .3.3
Fresh Water Supply. . .3.4
Refrigerator. . .3.4
Porta-Potti. . .3.4
Propane Grill. . .3.4
Canvas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.4
AM/FM Marine Stereo. . .3.5
Bilge Blower. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.5
4 TRAILERING. . 4.1
Trailer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.1
Hitch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.1
Safety Chains. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.1
Trailering Guidelines. . .4.2
Backing a Trailer. . .4.2
Launching Guidelines. . .4.3
Loading Your Boat on the Trailer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.3
Warnings. . .4.4
5 UNDERWAY. . 5.1
Boater’s Checklist. . .5.1
Fueling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.1
Loading Passengers and Gear. . .5.2
Starting the Engine. . .5.3
Leaving the Dock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.4
Steering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.4
Boat Speed. . .5.4
Accelerating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.5
Trimming. . .5.5
General Rules of Seamanship. . .5.5
Stopping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.6
Anchoring. . .5.6
Docking. . .5.6
Mooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.6
Emergency Operation. . .5.7
6 CARING FOR YOUR BOAT. . 6.1
Engine. . .6.1
Aluminum Surfaces. . .6.1
Plastic Component Maintenance. . .6.1
Tubes. . .6.1
Salt Water Use. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.1
Deck Hardware and Fittings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.2
Seat Coverings and Vinyl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.2
Canvas and Boat Cover. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.2
Floor Coverings. . .6.2
Fiberglass and Composites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.2
Tube Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.2
7 WINTERIZATION AND STORAGE. . . .7.1
Preparation for Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7.1
Supporting Your Boat During Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . .7.1
Recommissioning After Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7.2
8 HELPFUL INFORMATION. . 8.1
Boating Regulations. . .8.1
Rules of Seamanship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.1
Recommended Reading. . .8.2
Contacts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.2
Navigational Aids. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.3
Navigational Aids Chart. . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover
9 BOATING TERMINOLOGY. . 9.1
TABLE OF CONTENTS
You have made an excellent choice by selecting a Premier Pontoon to enhance your leisure time. Premier is in the business of creating a dream for you, whether you’re out for a day of waterskiing, just taking a relaxing cruise, or heading out early in the morning for a day of fishing. Your dream includes something more than just a fine boat. That’s why we’ve tucked into our pontoons seasons of serenity, seasons of togetherness, and seasons of fun. We’ll help you find many perfect days like those you’ve always dreamed about.
Please take the time to read this manual before you take your boat out for the first time. Also, read all literature supplied by the manufacturers of the various components and accessories used on your boat. In particular, you’ll want to become familiar with operating your engine.
If you are a novice boater, you may not be familiar with the terms experienced boaters use. Figure 1-1 will help you. It lists some common terms and how they apply to a typical boat.
Before your first boating excursion, look your boat over and become familiar with it. Find its components, gauges and
operating equipment, and learn how to use them. Your outing will be safer and more enjoyable.
If a family member or friend operates your boat, be sure he or she fully understands the controls and operation of the boat. Each boat operator is responsible for ensuring the safety of the boat’s passengers and other water users. Passengers should also be aware that courteous, responsible riding is important.
This manual is part of your boat’s equipment. It does not
supersede or change any of the original manufacturers’ specifications, operation or maintenance instructions. Always keep it on board. If you transfer ownership of this boat to someone else, be sure to give this manual to the new owner and contact Premier Marine to transfer ownership or visit www.pontoons. com/warranty to transfer the warranty online (see 1.4).
Premier pontoons are some of the finest watercraft available
in the world. They are superior in technologically advanced
engineering, maintenance, worry-free reliability and unrivaled performance. We use the finest materials available to make sure you have a boat that will give you years of boating satisfaction. We take pride in our ability to combine old-world craftsmanship with today’s computer-enhanced manufacturing.
Your boat may have two or three tubes. We feature 36-inch, 30-inch, 27-inch, 25-inch, and 23-inch tubes for better buoyancy and performance. A third tube increases buoyancy and reduces drag. To assist in keeping tubes looking nice, we spray them with a special coating that resists staining. This coating is only a temporary coating and will not protect your
FIGURE 1-1 TERMINOLOGY
OWNER ADVISORY STATEMENTS
Advisory statements alert you to conditions that affect equipment operation, maintenance and servicing practices.
An IMPORTANT statement indicates a procedure intended to prevent damage to equipment or associated components.
A NOTE is a general advisory statement relating to equipment operation and maintenance procedures.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
It’s fun to be out on the water whether you’re fishing, cruising, or just soaking up sun. Unfortunately, not all boaters are responsible individuals, and their foolish actions often spoil our waterways. Here are several ways you can help protect the aquatic environment as recommended by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Practice them every time you go out, and you can help assure that our waterways will remain clean and unspoiled for years to come.
• Observe local and federal marine head rules.
• Pump out the waste holding tank (if your boat has one)
on shore or have a trained person do it for you.
• Know about and use legal bottom paints.
• Use biodegradable cleaning agents whenever possible.
• Don’t litter on or off the water. Take it home!
• Don’t over fill fuel tanks, and always clean up fuel spills.
• Watch your wake and propeller wash.
• Keep your motors finely tuned.
• When fishing, practice “Catch and Release.”
This section of your boat manual contains important information about your Premier pontoon and general procedures to be followed before operating it.
Your boat is certified by NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association). It requires the manufacturer to install a capacity plate stating the maximum load in pounds (occupants
Hazards or unsafe practices that COULD
result in severe personal injury or death.
Hazards or unsafe practices that MAY result in minor
personal injury or product or property damage.
Immediate hazards that WILL result in
severe personal injury or death.
tubes for a long period of time. Please see your dealer for specific care instructions.
Crossmembers are bolted to specially designed “M” brackets welded directly to the upper portion of the tube. “M” brackets provide greater stability and added strength for the crossmembers. Attached to the crossmembers is a specially developed marine grade plywood or composite deck that guards against rot, decay, insect infestation and delamination.
Our rails are anodized or powder coated for protection from the elements. They are installed 1/4 inch (6.35 mm) above the deck for better drainage off the deck. Specially designed, heavy-duty braces provide extraordinary safety and add a margin of safety for passengers.
You can be sure that the electrical system will work. We use sealed wiring connectors below deck level designed to keep connections tight and moisture out.
We use composite or plastic material that reduces water
retention, mold, rotting, environmental waste and pollution. Our weather-proofed, rotation-molded furniture and our custom-designed, patented hinges and Bimini top make the quality of our pontoons stand out from the competition.
After your first outing, you will know that we built your boat for safety and long-lasting enjoyment.
HAZARD COMMUNICATION STATEMENTS
Three types of hazard communication statements used throughout this manual call attention to special information to help avoid dangerous situations and operate your boat safely.
A List of Warning Labels is available from customer service. These will be supplied free of charge as replacements for lost, removed or damaged labels.
Watch for the safety alert symbol. It means
pay attention! Your safety is involved! Failure
to follow the recommendations in a hazard communication statement may result in property damage, personal injury or death.
The signal words DANGER, WARNING and CAUTION identify
hazards and the levels of hazard seriousness. Their selection is based on the likely consequence of human interaction with a hazard in terms of the probability of injury and the degree of severity. Failure to follow the recommendations contained in any of these statements may result in some form of personal injury. Definitions for identifying hazard levels with their respective signal words are as follows:
BOAT DELIVERY RESPONSIBILITIES
When you take delivery of your boat, both you and your dealer have specific responsibilities.
The dealer is responsible for the following:
1. Discussing the terms of all warranties and stressing the importance of registering warranties with the appropriate manufacturers.
2. Providing instruction for obtaining warranty service.
3. Going over the pre-delivery service record with you and then signing it to certify that all work has been done.
4. Providing you thorough instruction in how to operate your boat and all of its systems and components. This should include a “walk-through” demonstration on your new boat.
5. Completing the Premier Pontoon warranty registration within 10 days of purchase. The customer should receive a letter from Premier Marine with 30 days. If you do not, please contact Premier to verify warranty registration.
As the owner, you are responsible for the following:
1. Signing off on the boat inspection sheet before delivery.
2. Scheduling an appointment with your dealer to go over
all warranties. Helping the dealer complete the Premier Pontoon limited warranty registration and verifying that the dealer has registered the warranty with the factory within 10 days of the date of purchase.
3. Keeping a record of the hull number for future reference. The hull number is required most of the time when you must communicate with Premier Marine or your dealer.
4. Inspecting the boat at the time of delivery to ensure that all systems and components are working properly.
5. Scheduling an appointment with your dealer to go over the pre-delivery engine service record. Signing this record will indicate that your dealer has explained this to you.
6. Operating all equipment in accordance with the manufac- turer’s instructions. Reading all manuals and instructions supplied with your boat.
7. Referring to your engine manual for initial motor inspection and service requirements.
8. Performing or providing for the appropriate, periodic maintenance outlined in the Owner’s Manuals and
9. Being a safe boater. Premier Marine recommends that all boaters take safe boating courses.
Do not exceed your boat’s capacity rating. An overpowered or overloaded boat can become unstable, resulting in a loss of control or capsizing. An overloaded boat can become hard to handle. Overloading can also reduce freeboard and increase the danger of flooding or swamping, particularly in rough water.
and gear) the boat can safely carry under normal conditions, the maximum persons capacity, and, if it is an outboard, the boat’s maximum horsepower capacity. This applies to pontoon boats of all lengths.
The number of persons listed on the capacity label is calculated solely by a formula based on the displacement of the tubes and not by safe boating practices. Boating conditions may require fewer occupants on board than indicated on the capacity label. Persons capacity is based on an average weight of 141 lbs. each and, ultimately, the number of occupant positions on the boat.
You, the operator, are responsible for using common sense and sound judgment when loading your boat. Give yourself an added margin for safety in turbulent waters. Pontoon boats tend to remain stable under most operating conditions. Remember that overloading and improper distribution of weight are significant causes of accidents. Keep weight below maximum limits for safety in turbulent waters. Overloading is a violation of U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
IMPORTANT: Your Premier boat warranty will be voided if you exceed the recommended capacity horsepower or
Hull Identification Number
Along with a capacity plate, each Premier boat has a hull identification number. The number on your pontoon boat is located starboard rear above the tube on the deck molding. This 12-digit or 14-digit number, which is a federal or international requirement. For example: PMY00000A000 or USPMY00000A000. It is used for registration, warranty and identification.
Use the ownership log to record all ownership changes.
The Service/Maintenance Log provides a record of maintenance work completed on your boat, the date of completion, and the engine hour reading. This log also helps you identify the frequency of routine maintenance work such as engine oil changes. If you should decide to sell your boat, it demonstrates to prospective buyers that you have done a good job of taking care of your boat.
Courses on boat handling and seamanship are conducted by volunteer organizations such as the U.S. Power Squadrons, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the American Red Cross. These courses will sharpen your boating skills and bring you up-to-date on current rules and regulations even if you are a veteran boater. See Chapter 8 for more information.
Your new Premier boat is backed by a limited express warranty. The complete warranty will be provided to in writing at time of delivery. If you didn’t receive a copy you may request one, by emailing a request with your hull ID number clearly listed, to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important to understand all the terms of the warranty. If you have a problem with your boat, contact your dealer immediately to determine warranty coverage. When you contact your dealer, please have the hull and engine serial numbers for the items needing repair readily available. If the dealer fails to correct the problem, contact Premier Marine within 10 days by calling 651-462-2880, 1-800-815-6392 or emailing email@example.com.
If you have any questions regarding the Limited Express Warranty, you must contact Premier customer service. The warranty registration must be properly completed with Premier Marine within ten (10) days after the purchase or delivery, whichever is first, in order to validate the warranty.
In some cases, we may ask you to return the boat or any part(s) to Premier’s facility in Wyoming, Minnesota, for review and/or repair. Any costs including rigging, de-rigging, travel, lodging, lost work, shipping, etc., will be your responsibility.
TRANSFER OF WARRANTY
The warranty transfer request from the original owner to the second owner must be applied for within fifteen (15) days after the second owner purchase in order to validate the warranty transfer. A copy of the Bill of Sale or Purchase Order must accompany the warranty transfer request. The request should come in the form of a letter or memo listing all serial, hull ID, and model information. This information can be faxed to 651-462-2881, mailed to P.O. Box 509, Wyoming, MN 55092, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide Premier with original and second owners’ full names.
EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER MANUALS
Premier Marine purchased various equipment and components from other manufacturers and installed them on your boat while it was being built. The suppliers of standard and optional equipment maintain their own manufacturer’s warranty and service facilities. Record all pertinent information for your records. Failure to register any part of your boat could result in loss or reduction of warranty.
Most OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) have also provided operation and maintenance manuals for your boat’s equipment. Keep the OEM manuals with your Owner’s Manual in a safe and accessible place. Pass them along to the new owner if you sell your boat.
Please note that, in some cases, information in this manual only summarizes more detailed information in the equipment manuals. Information in the OEM manuals takes precedence over information in this Owner’s Manual.
Boating is an enjoyable and relaxing leisure time activity. However, responsibility is also a part of boating. You are responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
• Keeping boat covered when not in use
• Registering your boat with state authorities
• Registering the Premier warranty within 10 days of date
• Providing adequate insurance
• Obeying the rules of the road
• Maintaining and cleaning your boat and its equipment
• Acquiring and maintaining safety equipment
• Safety training of passengers and crew
• Understanding the operation of boat systems and
• Making seaworthiness/operational inspections
• Operating your boat safely
• Avoiding the use of alcohol and drugs
• Complying with environmental regulations
• Filing accident reports whenever it is necessary
Premier Marine recommends that all boaters take safe boating courses. We also believe that boaters have one more major responsibility—the environment. While you’re out on the water, keep in mind the future of our waterways and the marine life that make them their home. Do everything you can to preserve the natural habitats we still have. Keep them free of garbage and debris. Preserving our waterways and habitats now can help assure the pleasure of boating for
others for years to come.
BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Every boat equipped with propulsion machinery of any type must be registered in the main state of usage. In nearly all states, this means registration with the designated state agency. In a few jurisdictions, the Coast Guard retains registration authority. All motorcraft not documented by the U.S. Coast Guard must display registration numbers. Registration numbers and validation stickers must be displayed on the boat according to regulations. Your Premier Marine dealer will either supply registration forms or tell you where they may be obtained. The registration agency will issue a certificate which must be aboard when using your new boat.
Some states and localities have limits on speed, noise and trailer specifications. It is your responsibility to be aware of these laws and limits and to be sure that your boat (and trailer) complies. Consult with your local Sheriff Marine
Patrol, local Coast Guard office, or State Department of
The boat owner is legally responsible for any damages or injuries caused by the boat. In most states this is true even
if someone else is operating the boat when the accident
occurs. You should carry adequate personal liability and
property damage insurance on your boat as you do on your automobile. You should also protect your investment by insuring your boat against physical damage or theft.
Discharge of Oil
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act prohibits the discharge of oil or oily waste into or upon the navigable waters of the United States or the waters of the contiguous zone (if such discharge causes a film or sheen upon or a discoloration of the surface of the water or causes a sludge or emulsion beneath the surface of the water). Violators are subject to penalties of $5,000 or more.
Disposal of Plastics and Other Garbage
Plastic refuse dumped in the water can kill fish and marine wildlife and can foul propellers and water intakes. Other forms of garbage can litter beaches and make people sick. U.S. Coast Guard regulations completely prohibit the dumping of plastic refuse or other garbage mixed with plastic anywhere, and restrict the dumping of other forms of garbage within specified distances from shore. Proper disposal of garbage helps protect our waterways and marine life.
Marine Sanitary Device
If your boat has a Marine Sanitation Device, it is illegal to discharge the waste into the water in most areas. You are responsible for being aware of and obeying all local laws
concerning waste discharge. Consult with the Coast Guard, local marina or your dealer for information.
HAZARD COMMUNICATION LABELS
Some or all of the hazard communication labels shown below can be found in various locations on board your boat. The labels appropriate for your boat are determined by the standard and optional equipment actually installed on board your boat upon delivery. Check with your dealer to find out what labels your boat should have. If any label is missing, ask your dealer for a free replacement. Premier has all labels available online. Go to www.shop.pontoons.com to get replacement label.
IMPORTANT: The Purpose of these labels is to prevent accidents, injury, or death. Make sure everyone on board reads and fully understands them! A complete list of these labels is available from Premier Marine.
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE LOG
Date Hour Meter Reading Service/Repairs Performed
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE LOG
Date Hour Meter Reading Service/Repairs Performed
You should fully understand and become familiar with the operating procedures and safety precautions in this manual and the other information in the owner’s packet before you launch your boat. Remember, “Safe boating is no accident.” Always operate your boat with consideration, courtesy and common sense.
Before leaving on your boating excursion, be sure that all required safety items are on board. This includes the minimum required equipment and additional gear needed for your excursion. Regularly inspect all safety equipment to be sure it is in proper operating condition. Make sure all passengers know what safety equipment is on board, where it is, and how to use it.
SAFE BOATING RECOMMENDATIONS
Boating safety and the safety of your passengers is YOUR responsibility. You should fully understand all of the following safety precautions before you launch your boat.
• High speed maneuverability is limited. Sharp turns during high speed may cause loss of control.
• Never operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Doing so is a federal offense. Make sure only qualified drivers operate your boat.
• Keep your boat and equipment in safe operating condition. Inspect the boat, engine(s), safety equipment and all boating gear regularly.
• Be sure lifesaving and fire extinguishing equipment is on board. This equipment must meet regulatory standards, and it should be noticeable, accessible, and in safe operating condition. Your
passengers should know where this equipment is and how to
• Always keep accurate, updated navigation charts or equipment on board and available for reference and use.
• Before you leave shore, tell a family member, relative, friend or other responsible person ashore where you are going and when you expect to return.
• Do not allow passengers to ride on parts of your boat other than designated seating areas. All passengers should remain seated while the boat is moving.
• Understand and obey the “Rules of the Road.” Always maintain complete control of your boat.
• Do not occupy the front or back deck with feet in water while motor is running.
• Do not operate your boat in excess of 30 MPH (in normal
conditions) with Bimini top open.
• Do not operate your boat at unsafe speeds in rough water
• Never allow passengers to occupy the upper deck while boat is underway. Also adhere to capacity limit of the upper deck. Overloading an upper deck will affect the boats stability and may cause injury or even death.
• Do not overload or improperly load your boat. The capacity plate
is only a guide. You must use good judgment. The capacity of your boat is reduced by turbulent water and other adverse weather conditions. This may require reduced seating in the bow. Check water and weather conditions before getting underway.
SAFETY GEAR AND EQUIPMENT
As the owner of the boat, you are responsible for supplying
all required safety equipment. Check state and local regulations and the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety at
www.uscgboating.org for information about required safety equipment. You should also consider supplying additional equipment recommended for your safety and that of your passengers. A list of this equipment appears later in this chapter.
Required Gear and Equipment
Most safety equipment required by federal regulations is provided as standard equipment on your boat, however, you are responsible for obtaining required safety equipment approved by the U.S. Coast Guard if it is not provided. Minimum requirements include the following:
• Personal Flotation Devices
• Fire Extinguisher (All Premier boats are equipped with
a fire extinguisher that satisfies this requirement.)
• Visual Distress Signal
• Navigation Lights (All Premier boats are equipped with
navigation lights that satisfies this requirement.)
• Horn (All Premier boats are equipped with a horn that satisfies this requirement.)
PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES (PFDS)
You are required by Federal Regulations to have at least one Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) for each person in your boat. You may not use your recreational boat unless all your PFDs are in serviceable condition, are readily accessible, legibly marked with the Coast Guard approval number, and are of an appropriate size (within the weight range and chest size marked on the PFD) for each person on board. Your PFD provides buoyancy to help keep your head above the water and to help you remain in a satisfactory position while in the water.
Premier recommends that all persons wear Coast Guard approved personal flotation device while on board the boat. Make sure you check local and Federal requirements before boarding your boat.
PFD Type I, Wearable (Figure 2-1) has the greatest required buoyancy. Its design allows for turning most unconscious persons in the water from face down position to a vertical, or slightly backward, face-up position. Type I is most effective for all waters, especially offshore when rescue may be delayed.
PFD Type II, Wearable
(Figure 2-2) turns its wearer in the same way as Type I, but not as
effectively. The Type II will not turn as many persons under the same conditions as a Type I.
PFD Type III, Wearable
(Figure 2-3) allows the wearers to place themselves in a vertical or slightly backward position. It has the same buoyancy as a Type II PFD. It has little or no turning
PFD Type IV, Throwable
(Figure 2-4) can be thrown to a person in the water, grasped and held by the user until rescued. The most common Type IV PFDs are a buoyant cushion or ring buoy. The throwable Type IV PFD should be immediately available for use and always in serviceable condition. This PFD is required in addition to the PFDs previously discussed.
FIGURE 2-1 PFD TYPE I, WEARABLE
FIGURE 2-2 PFD TYPE II, WEARABLE
FIGURE 2-3 PFD TYPE III, WEARABLE
FIGURE 2-4 PFD TYPE IV, THROWABLE
All pontoon boats must carry at least one approved portable fire extinguisher. The extinguisher can be any one of the following: 2-pound (0.9 kg) dry chemical, 4-pound (1.8 kg) carbon dioxide, or 1-1/4 gallon (4.7 liter) foam extinguisher.
All hand portable fire extinguishers should be mounted in a readily accessible location away from the engine compartment. Everyone aboard should know where the fire extinguisher is and how to use it.
If your fire extinguisher has a charge indicator gauge, cold or hot weather may affect the gauge reading. Consult the instruction manual supplied with the fire extinguisher to
determine the accuracy of the gauge.
SOUND SIGNALLING DEVICE
All vessels from 16.5 feet (5 m) to under 39 feet (12 m) used on inland waters shall be equipped with a certified horn. (This is standard equipment on ALL Premier models.) It must produce a blast of two-second duration and be audible at a distance of at least 1/2 mile (0.8 km). The device should be used to promote safe passing, as a warning to other vessels in fog or confined areas, or as a signal to operators of locks or drawbridges.
The following are standard whistle signals:
• One Prolonged Blast = Warning signal
• One Short Blast = Pass on my port side
• Two Short Blasts = Pass on my starboard side
• Three Short Blasts = Engines in reverse
• Five or More Blasts = Danger signal
Navigation lights are intended to keep other vessels informed of your presence and course. If you are operating your boat between sunset and sunrise, you are required to display appropriate navigation lights. All Premier models are equipped with the required navigation lights.
VISUAL DISTRESS SIGNALS
U.S. Coast Guard regulations require all recreational boats be equipped with visual distress signal equipment. The regulations apply to boats used on coastal waters, including the Great Lakes, territorial seas, and those waters directly connected to the Great Lakes and the territorial seas, up to a point where the waters are less than two miles (3.2 km) wide, and to boats owned in the United States when operating on the high seas.
Visual distress signal equipment may be of the pyrotechnic or non-pyrotechnic type. The equipment must be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, be in serviceable condition, and be stowed in a readily accessible location. Equipment having a date for serviceable life must be within the specified usage date shown. Careful selection and proper stowage of visual distress equipment is very important if young children are aboard.
PFD Type V, Wearable
(Figure 2-5) must be worn. When inflated, it provides buoyancy equivalent to Type I, II or III PFDs. When it is deflated, it has little buoyancy. This PFD must be used according to the approval condition on the label and must be worn while underway.
FIGURE 2-5 PFD TYPE V, WEARABLE
No one signaling device is ideal under all conditions or for all purposes. Consider carrying various types of equipment on board. Approved pyrotechnic visual distress signals and associated equipment include red flares, hand-held or aerial; orange smoke, hand-held or floating; and launchers for aerial red meteors or parachute flares. Approved non-pyrotechnic equipment includes orange distress flags and electric distress lights.
Recommended Additional Gear and Equipment
You should consider adding all or some of the following equipment. You may want to add other items depending upon your boating needs.
Anchor and anchor line Signal flares 2 mooring lines
Dock fenders Sunscreen Flashlight or portable
First-aid kit Boat hook Oar or paddle
Tow line Extra warm clothing GPS
Compass VHF radio Foul weather gear Charts of the area Ring life buoy with line Cell phone
Screwdrivers Adjustable wrench Electrical tape
Pliers Spark plug wrench Lubricating oil
Hammer Jackknife Duct tape
Spare light bulbs Spark plugs Fuses
Spare propeller Propeller nut Flashlight batteries
SAFE BOATING PRACTICES
YOU are responsible for your own safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of fellow boaters.
Drugs and Alcohol
Drug and alcohol consumption, and boating do not mix! Operating under the influence endangers the lives of your passengers and other boaters. Federal laws
prohibit operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Do not use drugs or drink alcohol while operating your boat. Like driving a car, driving a boat requires sober, attentive care. Operating a boat while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs is not only dangerous, it is also a federal offense carrying a significant penalty. These laws are vigorously enforced. The use of drugs and alcohol, alone or in combination, decreases reaction time, impedes judgment, impairs vision, and inhibits your ability to safely operate a boat.
Safe operation means that you do not misuse your boat nor do you allow your passengers to do so. Safe operation means using good judgment at all times. It includes, without limitation, the following actions:
• Load your boat within the limits listed on the capacity plate. Balance loads bow to stern and port to starboard.
• Maintain boat speed at or below the local legal limit. Avoid excessive speed or speeds not appropriate for operating conditions.
• Do not use your boat in weather or sea conditions
beyond the skill or experience of the operator or the comfortable capability of the boat or passengers.
• Be sure at least one other passenger is familiar with the operation and safety aspects of the boat in case of an emergency.
• Make sure that passengers and gear do not obstruct
the operator’s view or ability to move.
• Do not exceed the maximum engine power rating stated
on the certification plate attached to your boat.
• Do not operate in excess of 30 MPH (in normal condi-
tions) with the Bimini top open.
Before getting underway, show all passengers where emergency and safety equipment is stowed and explain how to use it. Everyone aboard should wear shoes which resist slipping on wet surfaces and protect toes and feet from accidental injury. While underway, passengers should remain seated inside the deck rails and gates. Never allow them to ride on the sundeck or engine pod or in other unsafe positions. Never allow passengers to drag their feet or hands in the water. Always use handholds or any other safety hardware to prevent falls.
Never allow anyone near a propeller, even when the engine is off. Propeller blades can be sharp and can continue to turn even after the engine is shut off.
As a boat operator, you should be familiar with basic first aid procedures that may be needed while you are far from help. Fish hook accidents or minor cuts and abrasions may be the most serious mishaps on board a boat, but you should also learn the proper procedures and be ready to deal with the truly serious problems like mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, excessive bleeding, hypothermia and burns. First aid literature and courses are available through most Red Cross chapters.
Operation By Minors
Minors should always be supervised by an adult whenever operating a boat. Many states have laws regarding the minimum age and licensing requirements of minors. Be sure to contact your state boating authorities for information.
Rules of the Road
As a responsible boater, you will comply with the “Rules of the Road,” the marine traffic laws enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard. Navigating a boat is much the same as driving an automobile. Operating either one responsibly means complying with a set of rules intended to prevent accidents. Just as you assume other car drivers know what they are doing, other boaters assume you know what you are doing. Chapter 8 has more information about navigational rules and the Rules of the Road.
State boating officials in many states or the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliaries offer courtesy inspections to check out your craft. They will check your boat for compliance with safety standards and required safety equipment. You may voluntarily consent to one of these inspections, and you are allowed time to make corrections without prosecution. Check with the appropriate state agency or the Coast Guard Auxiliary for details.
Safe Boating Courses
Your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Power Squadrons offer comprehensive safe boating classes several times a year. You may contact the Boat/U.S. Foundation at 1-800-336-BOAT (2628) or in Virginia 1-800-245-BOAT (2628) for a course schedule in your area. Also contact your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron Flotilla for the time and place of their next scheduled class. For further
information, visit www.boater101.com.
Burning a material containing carbon produces carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless and colorless gas. You cannot see or smell CO. Because it weighs the same as air, it will distribute throughout an enclosed space without your knowledge. Any device used to burn carbon-based materials on your boat, or those around you, can be a source of CO. Common sources of carbon monoxide include internal combustion engines and open flame devices such as charcoal grills.
The lungs absorb carbon monoxide which then reacts with the blood to reduce the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. The reduced oxygen supply to body tissues results in death of the tissue. Prolonged exposure can cause death.
In high concentrations, CO can be fatal within minutes. The effects of CO in lower concentrations are cumulative and can be just as lethal over long periods of time. Symptoms of CO poisoning include: itchy and watering eyes, flushed appearance, throbbing temples, inability to think coherently, ringing in the ears, tightness across the chest, headaches, drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting, collapse, and convulsions.
If you observe any of these symptoms, begin treatment immediately. Prompt action can make the difference between life and death. Evacuate the area and move the victim to fresh air. Administer oxygen, if available, and get medical help. Open all canvas to ventilate the area. Investigate the source of CO and take immediate corrective action; be especially aware of sources adjacent to the boat.
Carbon Monoxide Accumulation
Following are common situations in which carbon monoxide (CO) can accumulate within enclosed areas of your boat while docked, anchored or underway. Become familiar with these examples and their precautions and be alert to other situations to prevent CO poisoning.
Carbon monoxide can be harmful or fatal if inhaled. Keep exhaust outlets clear of blockage. Provide adequate ventilation. Open hatches, doors, windows and vents to ensure adequate ventilation. Close engine compartment doors and hatches when engine or generator is running.
Generator or hull exhaust from other vessels while either docked or anchored can accumulate within enclosed areas of your boat. Be alert for generator exhaust from other vessels alongside (Figure 2-6).
Under certain conditions, tail wind, boat speed, or high bow angle can draw carbon monoxide into enclosed areas (backdrafting). CO can accumulate to dangerous levels without proper airflow. Open front canvas to provide adequate ventilation, redistribute the load, or bring boat out of high bow angle (Figure 2-7).
FIGURE 2-6 VESSEL ALONGSIDE
CO in engine exhaust from your boat can accumulate within enclosed areas when your boat is operating at slow speed or stopped in the water. Installing rear canvas while underway increases the chance of CO accumulation in your boat. Tail wind can increase accumulation. Provide adequate ventilation or slightly increase speed if possible (Figure 2-7).
With canvas in place, hull exhaust (while underway) can cause CO to accumulate within enclosed areas. Provide adequate ventilation when the canvas top, side curtains and/or back curtains are in their closed protective positions (Figure 2-8).
FIGURE 2-7 BACKDRAFTING
FIGURE 2-8 WHILE UNDERWAY
Even with the best boat design and construction, CO may still accumulate in enclosed areas under certain conditions. Continuously observe passengers for symptoms of CO poisoning.
We recommend that you have marine grade CO detectors installed in boats with canvas enclosures. Monitors are available from your dealer. Monitors should be professionally installed and calibrated.
NOTE: A CO detector is not a gas fuel vapor detector. Gas fuel vapor detectors do not monitor the buildup of carbon monoxide in an enclosed area.
LANYARD STOP SWITCH
NOTE: This component is supplied by the engine manufacturer. Refer to the engine Owner’s Manual for detailed information about this switch.
When hull exhaust outlets are blocked by a pier, dock, seawall or any other means, CO can accumulate within enclosed areas. Make sure hull exhaust outlets are not blocked (Figure 2-9).
FIGURE 2-9 BLOCKED OUTLETS
The lanyard stop switch must never be removed or modified and must always be kept free from obstructions that could interfere with its operation.
FIGURE 2-10 LANYARD STOP SWITCH
This safety device automatically stops the engine when lanyard is attached to the operator and the operator falls or moves away from the control station. The stop switch (Figure 2-10) incorporates a shutoff switch, switch clip, lanyard and lanyard clip. The lanyard clip is securely attached to the operator’s clothing, arm, or leg. Be sure to attach the lanyard to a place where it is free of obstructions and to something that will move with the operator if he or she leaves the helm station.
In order for the engine to run, the lock plate on the end of the lanyard must be attached to the engine stop switch. To reset the switch after engine shutdown, reinstall the switch slip above the interrupter switch and flip the interrupter switch.
NOTE: The switch on your boat may be different from the typical switch illustrated here. Refer to the engine manual for more information.
6. Make sure the water is adequate
depth and free of obstructions.
Your boat is not designed for and should not be used for pulling parasails, kites, gliders or any device which can become airborne.
Water skiing, wakeboarding or riding a towed, inflatable apparatus are some of the more popular water sports. However, never exceed the limits of the ski bar. Also, never tow a inflatable device or another vessel from the ski bar, they are over the limits of the ski tow bar. Taking part in any water sport requires increased safety awareness by the participant and the boat operator. If you have never pulled someone behind your boat before, it is a good idea to spend some hours as an observer, working with and learning from an experienced driver. It is also important to be aware of the skill and experience of the person being pulled.
Everyone participating in a water sport should observe these guidelines:
1. Allow only capable swimmers to take part in any water sport.
2. Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Wearing a properly designed PFD will help a stunned or unconscious person stay afloat.
3. Always participate in water sports in safe areas. Stay away from other boats, beaches, swimmers and heavily traveled waterways.
4. Be considerate to others you share the water with.
5. Give immediate attention to a person who has fallen. He or she is vulnerable in the water alone and may not be seen by other boaters.
6. Approach a person in the water from the lee side
(opposite the direction of the wind). Stop the motor before coming close to the person.
7. Turn off engine and anchor your boat before swimming.
8. Swim only in areas designated as safe for swimming. These are usually marked with a swim area buoy. Do not swim alone or at night.
9. Stay at least 150 feet (45 m) away from areas marked by a diver down float (Figure 2-11).
Upper Deck and Water Slide
1. Observe capacity label and do not over load the top deck.
2. Do not occupy upper deck while boat is under way.
3. Do not jump from upper deck.
4. Do not slide while boat is underway.
5. Shut off motor before allowing slide use.
FIGURE 2-11 DIVER DOWN FLOAT
The popular sport of water skiing has brought a special set of safety precautions to observe in boating. The following guides, in addition to the guides listed above, will do much to reduce the hazards while water skiing. For more information about water skiing, please contact the American Water Ski Association, 799 Overlook Drive, Winter Haven, FL 33884 (1-800-533-2972).
1. Water ski only in safe areas, away from other boats and
swimmers, out of channels, and in water free of
2. Never allow anyone who cannot swim to water ski.
3. Have a second person aboard to observe the skier and inform the driver about the skier’s hand signals (Figure 2-12). The driver must give full attention to operating the boat and the waters ahead.
1. Thumb Up: Speed up the boat.
2. Thumb Down: Slow down the boat.
3. Cut Motor/Stop: Immediately stop boat. Slashing
motion over neck (also used by driver or observer).
4. Turn: Turn the boat (also used by driver). Circle motion with arms overhead then pointing in desired direction.
5. Return to Dock: Pat on the head.
6. OK: Speed and boat path OK, or signals understood.
7. I’m OK: Skier OK after falling.
Skiers must wear a USCG approved personal flotation device. A Type III water ski vest is an approved and practical PFD.
FIGURE 2-12 WATER SKIER HAND SIGNALS
4. Give immediate attention to a fallen skier. Always keep fallen skier on the operator’s side of the boat when
returning to attend the skier. Operators should always have fallen skiers in sight. Be careful not to swamp the boat while taking a skier on board.
5. Do not water ski between sunset and sunrise. It is illegal in most states.
Passenger Safety Message – Pontoon Boats
Whenever the boat is in motion, observe the location of all the passengers. Never allow any passengers to stand or use seats other than those designated for traveling faster than idle speed. A sudden reduction in boat speed, such as the
result of plunging into a large wave or wake, a sudden throttle reduction, or a sharp change of boat direction could throw them over the front of the boat. Falling over the front of the boat between the two pontoons will position them to be run over by the motor.
1. Boats having an open front deck:
No one should ever be on the deck in the front of the fence or rails while the boat is in motion. Keep all passengers behind the front fence or enclosure. Persons on the front deck could easily be thrown overboard, or persons dangling their feet over the front edge could get their legs caught by a wave and pulled into the water.
2. Boats with front-mounted, raised pedestal seats:
These elevated seats are not intended for use when the boat is traveling faster than idle or trolling speed. While boat is underway, sit only in seats designated for traveling at faster speeds.
Any unexpected sudden reduction in boat speed could result in the elevated passenger falling over the front of the boat.
Switch the engine off before taking skiers aboard from in the water. Do not leave the engine running in neutral; if the shift is accidentally engaged, the propeller can seriously injure the skier.
Be aware that there are elements of risk in boating,
skiing, and riding that common sense and
personal awareness can help reduce.
Know your ability level and stay within it.
TO INCREASE YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THE SPORT,
FOLLOW THE WATERSPORTS RESPONSIBILITY CODE.
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY:
• To familiarize yourself with all applicable laws, the
risks inherent in the sport, and the proper use of equipment.
• To know the waterways where you will be skiing or riding. Do not ski or ride in shallow water, near shore, docks, pilings, swimmers, or other watercraft.
• To always have a person other than the boat driver as an observer and agree on hand signals before starting.
• To always wear a U.S. Coast Guard type III (PFD) vest.
• To read your Owner’s Manual and inspect your
equipment prior to use.
• To ski or ride within your limits. Always ski or ride in control and at speeds appropriate for your ability.
• To always turn ignition off when anyone is near a
watercraft power drive unit.
• To never operate watercraft, ski or ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from engine
exhaust may cause injury or death.
• Never “Platform Drag” or touch a swim platform while the engine is running.
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Some models may be equipped with a shore power inlet which supplies 110 volt AC power to an inverter and internal battery charger, lights, refrigerator, microwave, TV, and other outlets. The inverter can supply limited AC power for accessories while underway. For more complete information about the AC system, refer to the inverter information provided in your Owner’s Packet.
Battery or Batteries
The battery or batteries were installed on your boat by your dealer. Inspect frequently for cleanliness and tight connections. Make sure that the compartment is well ventilated.
If you need to replace a battery, install the same type as
originally supplied with your boat.
If the starting battery is discharged, you can jump start the boat’s engine. The battery cables do not need to be removed. Be sure to connect like terminals (for example, positive to positive). The last cable to be connected should be the negative cable of the charged battery. Before jump starting, determine the cause for the dead battery. In particular, check to see whether any switches or lights were left on and clean the battery terminals if needed.
When you install a battery, battery connections must be made properly. Attach the positive cable to the positive (+) terminal, then attach the negative battery cable to the
negative (-) terminal on the battery.
Charging the Battery
NOTE: A complete 12 volt electric schematic is available by calling customer service at 651-462-2880 or emailing
This section provides information about your boat’s electrical system, instruments, controls, and other equipment.
NOTE: Some of the equipment described in this chapter may be standard for some models and optional or not available for other models. Check with your Premier Marine dealer if you have questions about boat equipment.
Your boat’s electrical system is a 12 volt, direct current (DC) type similar to the system in an automobile. A battery or batteries supply power to the system. The battery is charged through an engine-driven alternator. A voltmeter at the helm dash shows the charge level of the battery. DC fuses or circuit breakers, also at the helm, operate 12 volt equipment. Turning the ignition switch off does not cut power to all components.
The battery’s negative terminal is connected to the engine grounding stud. This type of negative ground system is the approved system for marine DC electrical systems. Critical circuits are protected by fuses.
The electrical system is wired at the factory to handle factory- installed electrical equipment. Premier Marine recommends that you have your dealer install any additional equipment. An error in wiring the electrical circuits can cause a fire or damage electrical system components. Have your dealer make electrical system repairs and install additional equipment.
If you do add additional equipment, it must be adaptable to the negative ground system. When installing additional equipment, be sure to take the power supply from the circuit breaker panel. All added electrical equipment must be properly protected by a circuit breaker or inline fuse on the positive wire. Be sure to protect all electrical components from rain, water, or sea spray.
NOTE: Power feeds for accessory equipment must NOT be taken from the voltmeter terminals. Consult with your dealer for additional DC power needs on your boat.
3 SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS
POISON! Batteries contain sulfuric acid and can cause severe personal injury if mishandled. Avoid contact with eyes, skin or clothing. In case of contact, flush with water for at least 15 minutes. If swallowed, drink large quantities of water or milk. Follow with Milk of Magnesia, beaten egg or vegetable oil. Get medical attention immediately.
During charging, batteries produce gases which can explode. Explosion can shatter the battery. Battery acid can cause severe personal injury such as blindness. Keep flame, spark, and smoking materials away from the battery while charging. Charge the battery in a well-ventilated area.
Batteries produce hydrogen and oxygen gases when they are being charged. These explosive gases escape through the vent/fill caps and may form an explosive atmosphere around the battery if ventilation is poor. This gas may remain around the battery for several hours after charging. Sparks or flame can ignite the gas and cause an explosion. Remove the battery and recharge it ashore.
Electrical switches control the power supply to boat components. Switches may be two-position (off or on) or three-position with a center off position. For three-position switches, switch position determines which components are powered.
Your dealer should have explained all switches and controls for your boat during the delivery process. If you did not get a clear explanation or have forgotten the information, please call your dealer for assistance.
IMPORTANT: Some boat components, such as the stereo or refrigerator (if provided), are still powered even though the ignition switch is off. To prevent discharging the battery, turn off power to all components when they are not being used, or switch the battery switch to off if your boat has this feature.
NOTE: Some boat models do not have instrument panels. The instruments provided may vary from boat to boat.
Instruments are listed in alphabetical order.
The instruments installed on your boat indicate current operating conditions for the engine and related systems. When you take delivery of your boat, ask your dealer about the normal readings of the gauges. This provides you with a reference point to evaluate how well your boat is operating. Keep in mind that the readings on some gauges tend to fluctuate. You should investigate the cause for gauge readings that show a continuous variance or a sudden, substantial variance from normal readings.
The fuel gauge shows the approximate amount of fuel in the fuel tank. Note that the actual fuel supply may vary slightly from that shown on the gauge. The most accurate reading of the fuel gauge is at idle speed when your boat maintains an approximately level position. While underway, the fuel gauge usually indicates the tank is fuller than it actually is because the bow tends to be higher than when the boat is at rest. Since gauge readings are approximate, they should be compared to the hours of use versus known fuel consumption per hour.
The most common practice of good fuel management is the one-third (1/3) rule. Use 1/3 of your total fuel to travel to your destination, 1/3 to return, and keep 1/3 in reserve for emergencies.
The speedometer indicates the speed your boat is traveling across the water in miles per hour. In most cases water pressure from a water pickup at the boat’s stern is measured and converted into a reading on the boat’s speedometer. The accuracy at slow speeds is limited, if you are having issues with your speedometer, check the tube and pick-up before calling your dealer. Using a GPS can give more accurate speeds with low horsepower motors than installed speedometer.
The tachometer displays the engine operating speed in increments of 100 revolutions per minute (RPM). The tachometer shows engine speed in RPMs under various engine operating conditions. Consult your dealer if you need more information.
The trim gauge indicates the relative position of the drive unit. Read this gauge carefully as it does not show position of unit in degrees. Proper trim should be indicated by bow attitude and engine RPM. For more information see your engine Owner’s Manual.
Our research and development has shown that hydrofoil performance fins and cupped props can enhance the performance of our pontoon boats, especially those powered with smaller engines that have small diameter props. See your dealer about adding hydrofoils and cupped props to your outboard engine.
The voltmeter shows battery voltage. If the engine is running at normal speed (1,000 RPMs or higher) and the alternator is charging, the reading on the meter ranges between 12.0 to 15.5 volts. If the meter reading is high when the engine is not running and the ignition key or switch is ON, the battery is fully charged. Significantly higher or lower readings indicate a battery problem, alternator malfunction, or heavy drain on the battery. Check the charging system and the battery system for the cause of these readings. An oscillating reading shows a loose voltage regulator connection or loose belts. Low voltage readings after stopping the engine indicate a bad battery or a heavy load on the battery. Refer to your engine owner’s manual for proper gauge readings.
Knowing how to use the controls on your boat is essential for safe and proper operation. The controls described in this section may be optional or may vary slightly from those on your boat.
Throttle and Gearshift
The controls on your boat may vary from model to model and depend on what kind of engine your boat has. The control described here is typical of the operation of most throttle/
gearshift controls. Check the engine or control manual or see your dealer for more detailed information.
A single-lever control integrates the throttle and gearshift into a single hand lever. It allows the operator to control both the engine operating speed and the forward and aft movement of the boat. This type of design ensures safe control of the engine with one hand.
The lever functions as a shifter during the first 15° of motion forward or back. Beyond 15°, it functions as a throttle. Pushing the lever toward the full throttle position increases engine speed.
Here are a few helpful operating tips:
• When shifting between forward and reverse, always pause in neutral for a few seconds before reversing propeller
rotation to prevent damage to the engine and drive.
• When maneuvering at low speeds, you can reverse the throttle (move throttle forward or aft) to control or brake
• Gradually increase speed when moving in reverse.
High speed acceleration in reverse can create a wake,
or hamper maneuverability.
Various steering systems are used on Premier boats. Some models have a tilt steering wheel and an enclosed push-pull cable system connected to the motor. A hydraulic steering system is available as an option on some models.
Getting the “feel” of your boat’s steering system is important. Steering does vary from boat to boat depending on the type of engine, water and wind conditions, and the load. Turn the wheel from full left to full right. Check that the drive unit is turning correctly, freely and smoothly. The cable output end of the steering system should be clear of fuel lines, control cables, electrical wiring, and outboard gear when an engine is moved through its full operating range.
Most steering systems will initially be tight and require breaking in. You may find that trimming up your engine can improve steering. Excessive weight in the bow can cause steering to become more difficult.
All steering systems require periodic maintenance to be trouble-free and safe. Regular checks are essential. Check the cables regularly and tighten them as needed. Be sure to read the manufacturer supplied Operator’s Manual before heading out on the water.
NOTE: If your boat has inboard/outboard power, it may have power steering equipment. Refer to the engine Owner’s Manual for detailed information regarding steering system operation and maintenance.
Hydraulic Steering System
A hydraulic steering system is available as a option or is standard on most models. Hydraulic steering makes it easier to control the boat because the wheel is easier to turn. Operators should be careful that they do not “oversteer,” that is, turn the wheel too far so a turn is tighter than intended. See your dealer or the steering system manufacturer’s information regarding routine maintenance for this system.
There is also a power assist available on some types of hydraulic steering systems, which can make the steering much easier. See you dealer for availability and service information for your boat.
A power trim system is standard on many models. The power trim system controls the angle of the outboard motor. The power trim switch also allows the operator to adjust the motor at cruising speed to achieve an ideal planing angle. Moving the outboard in closer to the transom is called trimming “in” or “down.” Moving the outboard further away from the transom is called trimming “out” or “up.” Best performance is usually obtained when the front of the tubes are just slightly out of the water. Refer to the engine and control manuals for specific information about trimming.
To trim the bow of the boat up, press the trim switch in the direction marked UP. Moving the bow up increases top speed, but can cause the boat to porpoise if trimmed up too far. Excessive trim up can cause propeller ventilation (propeller pushes air, not water).
To trim the bow of the boat down, press the trim switch in the direction marked DOWN. Running with the bow down helps the boat accelerate and get on plane faster, especially with a heavy load. It can also help improve the ride in rough water, but it reduces boat speed in most cases. Excessive trim down can make the boat difficult to steer, and trimming up can help make steering easier.
This gauge provides a digital read-out of your water depth. Refer to the manufacturer’s Owner’s Manual for information about this instrument.
The fish finder is a combined depth gauge and depth finder. Refer to the manufacturer’s Owner’s Manual for information about using this instrument.
An electric trolling motor is available as optional equipment on some models. Check with your dealer and refer to the trolling motor Owner’s Manual for operation and maintenance instructions.
An aerated livewell is standard on some models. The livewell provides an environment where your catch can be kept alive and healthy. Figure 3-1 shows a typical livewell. The livewell on your boat may be slightly different than the one shown.
PUMPDRAIN HOLEMAX. WATERLEVELDRAIN HOSESPRAY BAR
AERATORSTAND PIPE/ DRAIN PLUGDECKPONTOONNOTE: LIVEWELL LOCATION VARIES BY MODEL
FIGURE 3-1 TYPICAL LIVEWELL
You should monitor water and air temperatures to determine when and how often you should aerate the livewell. You can turn the livewell pump on and off manually with the AER MAN switch. If you turn the switch to AER AUTO, a timer controls operation of the pump.
The pump draws raw water in through a fitting below the waterline and pumps it into the livewell. The pump fills the livewell with raw water. Water sprays into the livewell through the aerator head. As the incoming water hits the surface of the water in the livewell, the water’s oxygen content increases which helps keep fish alive. As water continues to spray into the well, excess water flows out through the standpipe and drains overboard. Drain locations vary by model.
Do not operate the livewell pump dry. The pump is water- cooled and becomes overheated if no water is flowing through the pump. If water does not come out of the discharge sprayer nozzle, stop the pump and correct the problem (for example, check for blown fuse, broken wires, closed flow control valve, plugged inlet). If the problem persists, check with your dealer.
If the overflow or drain becomes plugged, try back-flushing it with a garden hose set at low velocity. Some models have a screen at the pump intake. Remove the screen before back-flushing. Often, the obstruction will blow back into the livewell where it can be easily removed. Be careful that you do not use too much pressure. You can blow the hoses off the fittings.
Do not use the livewells to hold bait. Bait can be lost through or plug the drains.
FRESH WATER SUPPLY
A freshwater system is standard equipment on some models and optional on others. The manually pressurized freshwater system provides fresh water from a tank to the galley sink. Fill the tank only with fresh water. Refilling the tank often helps keep it a source of fresh and clean water.
A refrigerator is available as optional equipment on some models. The refrigerator operates on a separate 12 volt DC power. When refrigerator is on, carefully monitor power remaining in batteries. Turn off refrigerator when batteries are low. Refer to the refrigerator manual for more complete information.
A self-contained Porta-Potti is available as optional equipment on some models. This portable toilet provides simple operation and convenient disposal of waste. The waste is transported off the boat by removing the holding tank. Dispose of the waste properly at a dump station or other appropriate location. Do not dump the tank’s contents overboard. The unit is usually stored either under the sundeck or in the changing room. See the manufacturer’s manual for safety precautions and detailed operation and maintenance instructions. A pump out system is also offered and is required in some areas. This system allows removal of waste by vacuum at some marinas.
Your boat may be equipped with a propane or butane-fueled Bar-B-Que grill or stove. The grill may be free standing, deck or even rail-mounted. Never grill while your boat is moving. Be sure passengers know when grill is being used. Hot surfaces can cause burns. Store the grill before getting the boat back underway. Be sure unit is cool before storing. Refer to the grill manual for details about using this accessory safely.
Your boat may be equipped with protective coverings such as a Bimini top, day enclosure, full enclosure, dressing room, or a playpen mooring cover.
Ask your dealer to show you how to set up and store these coverings.
A boat covering, referred to as a playpen cover, is available as standard equipment on some models and optional equipment on others. This cover is secured to the boat using specially designed J-Clips™ (patented) which distribute the tension across a wide area of the canvas instead of confining it to a narrow area such as might be the case if a grommet were used. To prevent damage to the cover, install the J-Clip™ as shown in Figure 3-2.
When installing your playpen cover verify that all poles are upright and thumbscrews or clamps are tight. Trailering with the cover installed is not recommend, but if you do, be sure to tie off all gates. Towing is recommended at slow speeds
Use fuel approved by the manufacturer. Always provide adequate
ventilation when using an open flame. Do not use stove near fuel fill
or fuel vent. The flame is difficult to see in sunlight.
Santize the water system regularly. Add 6 drops of Chlorox bleach for
each gallon of water. Flush this solution. Use fuel approved by the
manufacturer. Always provide adequate ventilation rough the system
and refill with fresh water.
only. You should not drive at highway speeds with playpen cover installed. If you do travel with your playpen cover on, then stop periodically and check your cover and poles. Premier Marine does not cover trailering issues under its warranty.
AM/FM MARINE STEREO
An AM/FM stereo receiver is available as standard or optional equipment on most models. The system has electronic circuits especially designed for radio reception on both AM and FM bands. When the stereo is not in use, be sure the switch is off to prevent drawing down the battery.
Some stereos are equipped with CD players, and MP3 or iPod adapters. There are also optional CD changers, remote controls, and satellite receivers available. Features may vary on some stereo models. See the radio manufacturer’s manual for a list of features and detailed instructions for use.
The receivers and speakers are marinized to be used in high humidity and wet conditions. However, the cover should be closed when necessary.
If your boat is powered with the optional inboard/outboard engine package, it has a bilge blower. The bilge blower forces fumes out of the engine compartment area and circulates fresh air in through the deck vents. It must run at least five minutes before starting the engine. It must also be running during engine start-up and while operating your boat below cruising speed. It should not be operating when you are fueling.
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FIGURE 3-2 J-CLIP™
Fire or Explosion! Turn on bilge blower for 5 minutes minimum before
starting engine to exhaust gasoline fumes. Open the engine cover during
that time and smell for fumes. DO NOT start the engine if fumes are present.
A correctly selected trailer supports your boat properly, makes towing safer, and makes loading and unloading easier. Proper trailer selection and setup are very important.
Improper trailering is one of the major causes of damage to the tubes. Your pontoon must be well supported to prevent any damage during trailering. The pontoon’s weight should be supported the entire length of the tubes with a bunk trailer or the entire deck length with a mechanical folding trailer. Pontoon boats with outboard engines should have an engine support bar that extends from the lower unit to the trailer frame when trailering. Premier Marine will not be held liable for any damages caused by improper trailer setup or operation.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
Your trailer should be able to accommodate the weight of the boat, engine, full fuel tank and any other equipment normally carried. Check the certification label on the frame of the trailer for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The total weight of the boat, engine, fuel, gear and trailer should not exceed the GVWR.
Remember that the published weight is the dry approximate weight of your boat. Dry weight does not include the weights of outboard motors, batteries, gasoline, any optional items, gear or trailers. The weight of these items must be added to the dry weight to determine the proper trailer GVWR needed.
If your towing vehicle is equipped with a weight distribution hitch, it must be capable of handling the GVWR. The weight on the trailer should be evenly distributed and can be checked by determining the tongue weight.
Tongue weight is a percentage of the total weight of the loaded trailer on its tongue. Ideal tongue weight is not less than five percent (5%) and not more than ten percent (10%) of the GVWR. For example, if the weight of the loaded trailer is 3,000 pounds (1361 kg), the weight on the tongue should be more than 150 pounds (68 kg), but less than 300 pounds (136 kg). Excessive tongue weight causes the front end of the towing vehicle to sway. Insufficient tongue weight causes the trailer to sway or fishtail.
The total weight of the trailer, boat and gear must not exceed the GVWR of the trailer. Overloading can cause accidents.
To avoid personal injury and property damage, be sure to balance the load when trailering. If too much weight rests on the hitch, the front end of the vehicle will sway or oversteer. Insufficient weight on the trailer causes the trailer to fishtail. In either case, the vehicle will be hard to handle and could become uncontrollable at high speeds.
State regulations usually require that trailers above a specified weight rating be equipped with brakes. Requirements vary; check with your dealer for additional information.
Hitches are divided into classes that specify the gross trailer weight (GTW) and maximum tongue weight for each class. Always use a hitch with the same class number as the trailer. Most boat trailers connect to a ball hitch that is bolted or welded to the towing vehicle. Special heavy-duty equalizing hitches are necessary for trailer tongue weights of 350 lbs. (158 kg) or greater.
The trailer hitch coupler must match the size of the hitch ball. The correct ball diameter is marked on the trailer coupler.
Safety chains on the trailer provide added insurance that it will not become completely detached from the towing vehicle while underway. Crisscross the chains under the trailer tongue to prevent the tongue from dropping to the road if the trailer separates from the hitch ball (Figure 4-1). The safety chain should be of the “Proof Coil” type and must have a minimum breaking strength equal to the upper limit of the GVWR. Some states require chains to be locked so hooks can’t shake, bounce or vibrate off the bracket.
The total weight of your loaded trailer must not exceed the capacity marker on the hitch of your tow vehicle. Overloading can cause hitch failure, leading to injury-causing accidents.
6. Check with your state Department of Motor Vehicles
for registration and licensing regulations in your
state. Most states require that boat trailers be
registered and licensed.
7. Be aware that a turn for the trailer is wider than a turn for the tow vehicle (Figure 4-2). When making a turn, be careful that your trailer does not strike another vehicle or object.
8. Inspect your trailer regularly to make sure the side
supports are in good working order. Check the bolts
which secure the rollers and supports for tightness.
Check the wheel bearings frequently for sufficient grease.
9. Check local and state laws for any additional
requirements for trailers.
BACKING A TRAILER
If you do not have experience in backing up with a trailer, practice backing with a trailer before you get into a confined launch site. Get accustomed to using your trailer in an open area. Take someone with you who knows how to back a trailer.
Backing a trailer works the opposite of backing a car. If the trailer needs to travel to the right, turn the steering wheel to the left and vice versa (Figure 4-3). Do not turn the wheel too far or oversteer. Turn the wheel gradually until you get the feel of safe backing.
1. Be sure that the bunks support all of the tubes and
transom surfaces, and that they distribute weight evenly on the trailer. All transoms must be supported by the trailer to handle the weight of the engines.
2. Make sure your boat is properly tied down and a safety chain is used.
3. Do not trailer with the boat’s Bimini top or other canvas up. Make sure the cover and gear is properly stored, and the optional trailering kit (available from your dealer) and sundeck are properly secured. Most of these items can be severely damaged while trailering if not properly secured.
4. Make sure the motor is tilted up and a transom saver is used. Don’t travel without the motor properly tilted up or without a transom saver. Check the ground clearance of your lower unit.
5. Be sure your trailer is equipped with functional tail lights and turn signals as required by state and federal laws.
FIGURE 4-1 SAFETY CHAINS
FIGURE 4-2 TURNING WITH A TRAILER
BACKING TO RIGHT
BACKING TO LEFTFOLLOWING THRU TURN
FIGURE 4-3 BACKING A TRAILER
Before launching, stay to one side and watch a couple of launchings to notice any problems on the ramp and the
effects of the wind and the current on launching. It’s a
common courtesy to prepare the boat for launching away from the ramp.
NOTE: If you have a bunk trailer, the boat’s transom must be deeper than several inches in the water before launching.
Here are some tips to remember when putting your boat in the water:
1. Before backing down the launch ramp:
• Remove all stern tie-downs.
• Properly secure all loose gear.
• Inventory your safety equipment.
• Load all personal gear.
• Lock winch and trailer unit.
• Disconnect trailer wiring from towing vehicle to
prevent short circuits caused by submersion.
• Make sure drain plugs are installed.
2. Have an individual at the launch ramp give you directions. Back slowly down the ramp. If the trailer needs to be maneuvered to the right, turn the towing vehicle’s steering wheel to the left. If trailer movement to the left is required, turn the steering wheel to the right. Always remember to launch your boat at a right angle to the shoreline.
3. If launching from a trailer, tilt the outboard motor up to the high tilt trailer position to avoid damage during the launch.
4. When the boat’s transom is in several inches of water, stop the towing vehicle. If you have a manual transmission, leave it in gear. If you have an automatic transmission, shift to PARK.
5. Turn off the engine and set the parking brake.
6. Place blocks behind the vehicle’s back wheels.
7. Do not detach the winch cable from the bow eye until a mooring line has been secured to one of the boat’s cleats. Attach one line to bow and one line to the stern to help control the boat. See the Mooring information in Chapter 5 for suggested securing procedures.
8. Launch the boat; move it down and OFF the trailer into the water.
9. Secure the boat to a dock, or have someone hold mooring lines.
10. Lower the outboard all the way into the water.
11. Pull your towing vehicle away from the launch ramp.
12. Park only in designated areas. When parking, be sure your towing vehicle and trailer do not block other boaters from approaching the launch ramp or hinder their ability to maneuver a boat and trailer when launching.
13. Remove all aquatic life and debris from your vehicle and trailer.
LOADING YOUR BOAT ON THE TRAILER
Follow these guidelines for loading the boat back onto the trailer:
1. Back the trailer into the water.
2. When the trailer is in several inches of water:
• STOP the towing vehicle.
• Leave manual transmission in gear or place
tomatic transmission in park.
• Turn off the engine.
• Set the parking brake.
NOTE: If you have a bunk trailer, the trailer may need to be more than several inches in the water before loading. If you find it difficult to load your boat, you probably have the trailer too deep in the water.
3. Tilt the boat’s drive up to the high tilt position to avoid damage while loading.
4. Pull or drive the boat up onto the trailer and secure safety chain.
5. After securing the boat to the trailer, start engine on
towing vehicle and pull trailer out of water to boat secur- ing area. (If blocks are connected with a rope to the trailer tongue, you will not need to remove them before pulling trailer out.)
6. Use tie-downs to secure the boat on the trailer. Always use bow and stern tie downs to prevent the boat from shifting.
7. Wipe tubes down to prevent water spots and keep the boat clean.
8. Make sure everything in the boat is secure or tied down. Do not put other gear in the boat while trailering. Place anything loose in the towing vehicle.
9. Reconnect the trailer lights. Check that the lights are
10. Remove milfoil, zebra mussels, other aquatic growth and debris from pontoons, motor and trailer to protect and maintain our boating waters.
11. When boating in salt water or brackish water, wash down the boat completely with fresh water after each use.
DO NOT store boats on carpeted bunks or any other type of surface that can hold salt or any other chemicals near or on the surface of the boat. These surfaces WILL corrode and damage the boat.
DO NOT store boats by the lift strakes. This will damage the boat.
Remember to always use a lower unit brace or transom saver while towing with an engine. The increased engine weight of 4-stroke motors makes this very important. Premier Marine does not warranty transoms due to trailer damage.
The use of playpen covers is also not recommended for use while towing. Wind resistance can cause the cover to stress and rip at high speeds. Premier Marine does not warranty damage to the boat or cover due to towing.
Go through the following checklist before starting on your cruise.
q Will the weather be favorable? Did you get a current weather report?
q Is there a suitable licensed operator? Is operator impaired from drug or alcohol use?
q Are all passengers off the upper deck (if provided)?
q Are all passengers inside deck rails? Are all gates properly secured?
q Are tubes and propeller free of damage, excessive dirt and marine growth?
q Are electrical system and navigation lights working?
q Is the battery fully charged? Are connections clean and tight?
q Is your boat overloaded or overpowered (compared with capacity plate)?
q Is all required safety equipment on board? Does it work? Is there one PFD for each passenger? Is safety equipment easily accessible?
q Is the lanyard safety switch working?
q Is other equipment on board such as mooring lines, anchor and line, tool kit, first aid kit, etc.?
q Do you have enough fuel for your trip? Fuel tanks should be filled to slightly less than capacity. Allow space for
q Have you checked fuel system for odors, leaks and
q Have you checked the motor for leaks or signs of
deterioration? Are fluid levels OK (engine oil, battery water, power steering fluid, etc.)?
q Is the engine free of obstructions? Are there any persons near the propeller?
q Does the steering system work smoothly? Are all components tight?
q Do you have navigation charts and equipment on board? Are you familiar with area where you will be boating?
q Do passengers and crew know what to do in an emergency? Do they know how to use safety equipment?
q Do you have an emergency supply of food and water?
q Do you have all required documents on board?
q Have you told a responsible party ashore where you are going and when you expect to return?
This chapter provides basic information for a typical boating excursion. All boaters are responsible for their own safety and the safety of others. Even though you may be an experienced operator, you can still benefit from reviewing the boating principles discussed in this chapter. Before you get underway, make sure you are familiar with local and governmental boating regulations and restrictions.
NOTE: This chapter may refer to equipment and components that are standard on some models and optional or unavailable on other models.
The Environmental Protection Agency has passed legislation that will affect the way we design and build our boats for the 2012 Model year and beyond. The New regulation is noted as (40 CFR Part 145). The regulation took effect on July 31st, 2012. It requires the manufacturers to substantially reduce the amount of Diurnal (daily) emissions that escape through the vessel’s fuel system. There are different design solutions to this regulation. There is also a Diurnal Transition Program in the regulation that allows boat manufacturers a phase in period in which we can produce a specific number of boats that are exempt from the Diurnal emission requirement. We have this exemption.
We have implemented this new fuel system into our current model year products as follows:
1. All models with permanently installed fuel systems will be built with a new EPA compliant non-permeable, multi-layered fuel tank.
2. Some models will be built with 12 gallon portable, EPA compliant fuel tanks so that they do not count against the exemption limit.
3. Our PTX Models, including stern drive models will be produced with the full EPA compliant diurnal fuel system.
In order to accomplish this, there are aspects of the fuel system design that must change over what you are currently accustomed to in Marine applications. The system will be much closer to automotive fuel systems with the incorporation of carbon canisters, secondary vents and vent hoses, new anti spit-back fuel fill plates, audible fill caps, etc. There is also a requirement for expansion space (Ulage) that will decrease the actual fuel tank capacity by a small percentage. We will provide maintenance and system design information.
THIS BOAT IS EQUIPPED WITH AN EPA COMPLIANT FUEL SYSTEM. DO NOT
ALTER OR BYPASS ANY OF THE COMPONENTS THAT ARE INSTALLED.
SEE YOUR DEALER FOR ANY FUEL SYSTEM RELATED SERVICES.
Follow these procedures to fill the primary tank and the
additional tank (if provided):
1. Remove the fuel fill cap from the tank fitting and insert the fuel supply nozzle.
2. After pumping approximately 5-10 gallons (19-38 liters) of fuel into the tank, inspect the engine and fuel tank area for signs of fuel leakage. If fuel cannot be pumped into the tank at a reasonable rate, check for a plugged fuel vent or a kink in the line. If you do not find any leaks or other problems, continue fueling.
3. Stop filling the tank before fuel overflows. Allow space at top of the tank for thermal expansion. Fuel pumped from underground tanks is cooler than outside air. Gasoline expands as it warms up and can easily overflow.
IMPORTANT: Gas may shoot out of the vent if the tank is overfilled or the vent is blocked. Spilled fuel damages the environment. Fuel can damage vinyl, carpeting and vinyl graphics.
4. When you have finished fueling, replace the fuel fill cap. If necessary, wash off any fuel spilled around the fuel fill area. Properly dispose of rags used to wipe off fuel spillage.
5. Open the fuel tank area. If canvas is in place, open it to ventilate enclosed area. Check for fuel fumes or fuel line leakage. Investigate and correct the source of fumes or fuel leakage before starting the engine.
6. Run the bilge blower on I/O models for at least 5 minutes before starting the engine and until the boat has reached its cruising speed. If your boat has a portable tank:
• Remove the tank from boat, remove the fuel fill cap
om tank fitting, insert the fuel supply nozzle and begin pumping fuel.
• Stop filling the tank before fuel overflows. Allow space at the top of the tank for thermal expansion. Fuel pumped from underground tanks is cooler than outside air. Gasoline expands as it warms up and can easily overflow the tank.
IMPORTANT: Gas may shoot out of the vent if the tank is overfilled. Fuel spilled on the boat can damage the finish.
• When you have finished fueling, replace the fuel
. If necessary, wash off any fuel spilled around the fuel fill area. Properly dispose of rags used to wipe off fuel spillage.
• Carefully carry the tank aboard and make fuel line
. Check for fuel fumes or fuel line
age. Investigate and correct the source of fumes or fuel leakage before starting the engine.
LOADING PASSENGERS AND GEAR
The U.S. Coast Guard requires that a plate stating the maximum load capacity be affixed to all boats. This plate shows the load in pounds (occupants and gear) the boat can carry safely under normal conditions.
Passengers should board the boat one at a time. Always
Overloading and improper distribution of weight are significant causes of accidents. Capacity plates, located near the helm, show maximum loads under normal conditions. Keep weight below maximum limits for safety in turbulent waters. Overloading is a violation of U.S. Coast Guard regulations. All boats are subject to U.S. Coast Guard safe loading and labeling requirements.
Use caution when using blended fuels. The motor and/or fuel system was designed for fuels with lower levels of alcohol than may be available to you today. Fuels like E85 are very harmful to the fuel system in this boat. Do not use fuels like E85 because they may destroy or severely damage your fuel system or motor.
Fuel vapors are explosive. Fuel leaking from any part of the fuel system can lead to fire and explosion that can cause serious bodily injury or death.
NOTE: Some Premier pontoons may be equipped with two fuel tanks. Boats so equipped have two fuel gauges at the console to monitor the amount of fuel available. Only one tank may be in service at a time on single engine boats. A valve on each tank allows the operator to select which tank is to be in service. In this case, the operator may be able to switch tanks while underway.
If possible, fill the boat’s fuel tank before loading passengers and gear. If passengers are on board, have them leave the boat until fueling is complete.
The use of a fuel stabilizer additive will greatly reduce engine problems and should be used all year.
Inspect the fuel system for leakage, weakening, hardening, swelling or corrosion of components including fuel tanks, fuel lines, fittings, fuel filters, and carburetors. If any component shows signs of leakage or deterioration, it must be replaced before starting the engine.
LOADING PASSENGERS AND GEAR
Powering and load capacities of pontoon boats follow the recommended practices of the American Boat Yacht Council, section H-35, and certified by the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association). These capacities are based on formulas involving the length and volume of the pontoons as well as specific test procedures.
You, the operator, are responsible for using common sense and sound judgment when loading your pontoon. By their nature, pontoons may have less buoyancy at the bow. Keep the load balanced. Have someone on the dock pass your gear aboard. Secure all gear firmly so that it will not move or interfere with boat operation. Be sure all required safety gear is aboard and easily accessible. The proper way to distribute the weight of the passengers is to arrange them so that there is less weight at the bow. Bow pedistal seats are not to be occupied while the boat is underway. This helps to ensure that water does not wash onto the deck during certain
Wet surfaces can be slippery. Passengers should wear adequate deck shoes while boarding and underway to avoid accidental slipping and injury.
Passengers should board the boat one at a time. Always step onto the boat, never jump. Check that all passengers are seated in a proper seat. Do not allow passengers to ride outside the deck rails or on the sundeck. Falls from moving boats are a major cause of marine accidents.
Be sure all passengers are seated properly (Figure 5-1). Swivel and pedestal form seats may turn suddenly while underway. Those seat are equipped with lever locks to prevent the seats from turning freely. These locks must be engaged while the boat is moving faster than trolling speed. Swivel seats within 4 feet of the front rails should not be occupied while boat is moving faster than trolling speed. All passengers should remain seated in a appropriate seat while boat is moving, even at trolling speeds. Seats designed for use at cruising speeds are stationary, have a locking handle, or have a lever lock. For seats with a locking handle, engage the lock by flipping the handle to keep the seat from swiveling.
STARTING THE ENGINE
The following information is merely a guide and not intended to explain in detail all starting procedures and instructions. Refer to the engine Owner’s Manual for detailed pre-start and starting instructions specific to your boat’s engine.
Passengers occupying swivel or high platform seats may be thrown overboard while accelerating or during sharp turns when running at speeds greater than trolling speed. Injury or drowning is possible. Be sure all passengers are seated properly. Follow instructions stated in safety labels on seat posts.
1. Secure the boat to the dock or mooring slip before
attempting to start the engine.
2. Lower the outboard to the run position. Make sure all cooling water intake holes are submerged.
3. Check the fuel supply to ensure you have enough fuel for your expected travel plan.
4. Squeeze the fuel line primer bulb several times until it feels firm (outboard motors only).
5. Attach stop switch lanyard to the operator. See engine Owner’s Manual for specific instructions.
6. Make sure throttle is in the neutral position.
7. If you are starting a cold engine, move the fast idle lever to mid-position.
Gasoline vapors are highly explosive. To prevent a possible explosion and fire, check for fumes or accumulation of fuel before each engine start.
8. Turn the key to START position. Do not operate the starter continuously for more than 10 seconds without pausing. Allow the starter to cool between start
attempts. See engine Owner’s Manual for details.
NOTE: The engine the will not turn over if throttle is not in the neutral position. If the engine does not turn over, the throttle may not be in neutral. Move the throttle lever up and down slightly and try again.
9. If the engine is equipped with a carburetor, run the
engine approximately 1-2 minutes at fast idle speed (1200 to 1500 RPM) to warm up the engine. Keep the boat secure at the dock until the engine is warmed up. Return the fast idle lever to the down position after warm-up.
Inboard/Outboards or Stern Drive Engines
An inboard/outboard engine is available on some models as optional equipment. Refer to the engine owner’s manual for detailed pre-start and starting instructions specific to your boat’s engine.
1. Secure the boat to the dock or mooring slip before
attempting to start the engine.
2. Check the fuel supply to ensure you have enough fuel for your expected travel plan.
3. Check the engine oil level.
4. Inspect the fuel, oil, exhaust, and power steering
systems for leaks.
5. Run the blower for 5 minutes before attempting to
start the engine.