Florida Specific: Passenger Safety

Passenger Safety Hazards on and Near the Vessel:

There are several dangers to passengers on or near the vessel, including:

  1. Risks of passengers sitting on unsafe areas like the back of a seat, gunwale, bow, motor cover, or any spot not intended for seating by the manufacturer.
  2. Risks of passengers falling overboard.
  3. Hazards associated with operating a vessel when someone is in the water nearby.
  4. Dangers related to starting a vessel while the engine is engaged.

To enhance safety, it’s crucial to use a cutoff switch following the manufacturer’s instructions. Proper use of a cutoff switch can save lives by shutting off the engine, preventing the vessel from harming someone in the water with the hull or a spinning propeller.



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