PPCDL Practical Test – Preparation To Get Underway [Hull & Equipment Check]

Checking the Boat Safety Condition

Hull Check (6 points)
Check the external hull of the boat for any damage, leakages, cracks.Must be done in sequence.
1. Port bow 2. Starboard bow 3. Port beam 4. Starboard beam 5. Port quarter 6. Starboard quarter
Check the registration number SZ — — — — . e.g. SZ 1234 Z > at port & starboard bow & internal part of the boat.
i.e. the boat registration number is marked up in 3 places
* Boat registration number must be the same as stated in the boat certificate *

hull check

Compartment Check (6 compartments) (start from the forward to the stern) must be done in sequence.
1. Check the forward compartment. Noted anchor with sufficient chains & ropes. Compartment noted dry.
2. Check center compartment, contains lifejacket. Compartment noted dry.
3. Check aft compartment, batteries looks in good condition & compartment noted dry.
4. Check the fuel container compartment; carry the container to verify the weight: check the fuel gauge, if it has one.
Open the fuel container cover to check its contents. Compartment noted dry.
If there’s any water in any compartment, bail it out & check again after 3 – 5 mins to verify if there is any water.
If water appears in the compartment then it tells us there could be a leak and the boat is not safe to use.

Propeller Check
Check the propeller is clear from any entanglement. i.e. any ropes, plastic, fishing line etc
(Press the switch to lift the propeller out of the water) switch is located at the side of the throttle lever.
It is a press up or down button. Situated at the top side of the throttle lever.

Check the Navigation Lights
On the switches & check the lights. (Switches are marked up, located at the steering stand)

Safety Equipment Check. 12 required items to be carried onboard.
6 items located outside + 6 items inside the waterproof container.

1. One lifejacket for each person on board. > out. > amount to coincide with the boat license carrying capacity.
2. One lifebuoy for every 4 persons. > out.
3. Anchor with sufficient chains and rope. > out
4. Rowlocks and oars. > out.
5. Navigation lights. > out.
6. Harts. (Harbour Craft Transponder System). > out. > situated at the steering stand. > for security and safety of the boat.
7. 3 pcs red hand flares for emergency use only. Check expiry date. Validity 3 years. > in.
8. Bailer. > in.
9. Fire bucket. > in.
10. Portable fire extinguisher. > in > annual service
11. Sound signal equipment. > in.
12. Garbage Bag. > in.

Boat Licence Certificate. (Documentation)
* Craft registration SZ number, to tally with the boat markings number, e.g. SZ 1234 Z
* License to tally with passenger carrying capacity. e.g. capacity of person permitted to carry 7.
* Expiry of License. e.g. this cert is valid until 10 Dec 2011

Steering Check before starting the engine
Check steering (turn the wheel to port and then to starboard and check the movement of the outboard motor engine at the same time)
Check the throttle lever (press the squeeze control and move the lever forward, astern and put back to neutral position).
Auto kill switch is attached in position located next to the throttle lever. ( it’s a slot in catch )
** (Kill switch, (a loop band attached to the hand or life jacket of the driver, to cut of the engine incase when towing a jet ski and there’s an incident.)

** Ask the examiner permission to start the engine**
Put the throttle lever in neutral position, and kill switch clip is attached to the slot button and then start the engine.
After starting the engine check the water cooling system of the engine. Water must flow continuously.
Before casting off appoint a lookout to check if the stern surroundings are all clear.
1 One assistant to let go the stern line and come into the boat.
2 Next assistant to let go the forward line and come into the boat.
3 Always when unberthing bring out the stern, by turning the wheel hard towards the sea area and set the throttle to astern, using the slowest speed.
Once the boat starts going astern, turn the wheel and control the bow direction slowly.



5 thoughts on “PPCDL Practical Test – Preparation To Get Underway [Hull & Equipment Check]

  1. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn anything like this before. So good to search out anyone with some authentic thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this website is one thing that’s needed on the web, someone with a bit of originality. useful job for bringing one thing new to the internet!

  2. It will be good to have a A4 sized checklist… There’s no rule saying that we can’t bring any checklist…

    I’m preparing a checklist for my upcoming test. (Actually had my licence years ago, MPA requires me to go for a re-test before they renew my licence)

    • Hi Alvin,

      When is your test? Do let us know the outcome and the benefits of bringing a checklist there during the test.

      Am surprised that you need to go for re-test to renew your license. Is it a regulation for everyone?


      • Hi,

        I got mine before they came out with the life-time licence. The old one was 5 years expiry, and I didn’t renew mine.

        According to the MPA circular, those with expired licence (more than 1 year) will have to re-take their PPCDL before they can re-new their licence.

        So far, I’m still quite confused about the new APPCDL (Advanced PPCDL)… You can read up at the MPA website for the circulars.


  3. Are there 6 compartments or 5? I am taking the PPCDL but I was only told 5, there’s one in the front where the anchor is, 2 under the seats in the centre of the boat and 2 at the back.

    Please advise.

    Thank you!

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