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Introducing the points of caution before setting out on the water and the items to inspect on the outboard before use

Chapter 3: Preparations before heading out

Getting in your boat to explore great oceans and beautiful lakes is fun and exciting. However unlike cars, boats must constantly face the forces of nature. It is also impossible to get help from others once you are out in the ocean. This is why it is important to prepare thoroughly and be attentive before heading out. Chapter 3 gives examples of what type of preparation is required.


  • Always check the weather report on the day before as well as on the day prior to heading out. Never attempt to head out in bad conditions.
  • Let your family and the marina know your day's boating plan.
  • Make sure that all crew will follow the captain's directions while on boat.
  • Check that all necessary items are loaded onto the boat for the day such as water, food, clothes.
  • Prepare life jackets for everyone. Have everyone wear the life jackets while on board.
  • Check that all GPS and meter equipment etc. are functioning correctly.

Caution! • Life Jackets
Life jackets must always be worn. These are essential if someone falls overboard or in the event of the boat capsizing. According to the Japan Coast Guard, the survival rate of those who wear life jackets are significantly higher than those who do not, and is proven that wearing life jackets is a very effective means of increasing the survival rate when in water.

02Outboard motor inspections


  • Is the fuel tank full?
  • Are there any fuel leaks?
  • Is the fuel hose connected properly?
  • Is the fuel hose bent, clogged or damaged in any way?

Oil (for 2-stroke outboard motors)

  • Is there a sufficient level of oil in the tank?

Operation System

  • Does the throttle, shift and steering system all function correctly?
  • Is there any looseness or rattling of any connecting parts?
  • Does the engine start/stop switch activate properly? (check while on the water)


  • Is the condition and volume of the engine oil OK?
  • Is there any looseness in the engine mounting bolts?
  • Is there any damage to the propeller?
  • When you start the engine, is the cooling water circulating?


  • Have any faulty areas found during the boats previous use been corrected?

* Concerning the use of Yamaha outboard motors, refer to the detailed explanations in the owner's manual for each product. Concerning boats and navigational equipment as well, please refer to the owner's manuals of those products.

* Apart from what is described here, there are also many other tips available. Please feel free to ask any of our boat or outboard dealers for further details.

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