PPCDL Practical Test – What to do before starting engines?

To check if the propeller is free of any entanglement

There is a small up/down push button switch situated just beside the top of the throttle lever.
This is up/down button is used to raised or lower the propeller of the outboard motor engine.
> raise up the propeller, go behind and check if any object is entangle to the propeller.
Always raised the propeller when boat is tied up to the jetty so that no floating objects will get entangle to it.

Starting the engine

Before U turn the key to start the engine, ensure the kill switch is attached to the slot button
Squeeze the release lock on the shift/throttle control lever, and make sure it is in the neutral position (stop position)
After starting the engines check the water cooling system of the engine,> the cooling water must flow continuously.

Throttle

Kill Switch

The kill switch a small groove button which is situated next to the ignition key hole.
It is attached to a wire with a press clip which should be attached to any part of the driver body of lifejacket.
If this wire connection is disconnected from its attachment it will instantly shut off the engine completely.
Purpose of its use is when towing jet skies behind the boat, in case the boat driver falls overboard.

How to use the throttle control lever and steer the boat

1 Squeeze the release lock on the shift/throttle control lever. Push the lever slowly forward to go ahead (forward) and pull back to stop (neutral) then pull backwards to go astern. (reverse).
2 The further forward or back you push the throttle lever the faster the boat will move.
3 The wheel also acts as a tiller to turn the engine which gives you direction.
4 Look out for any boat movements and floating objects around U and find out the direction you want to steer to.
This pushes the stern of the boat in the direction of the tiller which in turn makes the bow go in the opposite direction.
5 Move the engine throttle lever to ahead (forward) (or astern (reverse) and push the throttle handle slowly until a comfortable speed is reached.

Steering with a wheel is much like a car in that you turn the wheel (helm) in the direction you want to go.
Be careful however, because unlike a car, a boat steers from the stern (back) rather than the front as a car does.

How to Stop

Boats don’t have brakes. They do, however, settle quickly and slow down when power is lowered and the engine put in neutral, stop position.
As the boat slows you will loose steering control. Aim the boat where you want to stop before you shift to neutral, stop position.
Shift to neutral before you think you should, you can always shift back to forward briefly if you fall short of your mark.

Stopping electric start engines

Shift to neutral; turn the key to the left until the engine dies – just like in your car.

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