When on the water, remember you are sharing it. Keep a sharp lookout for boats, skiers and other hazards. Common sense goes a long way. Ask yourself:
+ Are weather conditions safe?
+ Is there at least one personal flotation device (life jacket) for every person on board?
+ Am I overloading the boat?
+ Is emergency gear (fire extinguisher, bailer, paddle, anchor and line, signaling device, tool kit, first aid kit, etc.) in place?
+ Is the steering system working smoothly and properly?
+ Is the battery fully charged and are the cable terminals clean and tight?
+ Does the fuel system have adequate fuel _ are there leaks or fumes?