Do You Leave The Blower On A Boat?

What should you do when operating a boat in bad weather?

Maintain your forward movement, but reduce your speed.

Boating at high speeds in choppy waters can cause your vessel to capsize or intake too much water.

Ensure that your navigation lights are on.

There may be other boaters out on the water who might not be able to see you in the poor visibility..

Why do boats explode after refueling?

Older gas-powered boats have a higher risk of exploding after refueling. Gasoline vapors in the engine compartment can stall an engine or make it hard to start because the gasoline-rich air going into the engine makes the mixture too rich for the engine to burn. …

How many minutes should a ventilation blower be operated before starting an engine?

four minutesBefore starting engine, operate blower for four minutes and check (using your nose) engine compartment for gasoline vapors.

Why must you operate the exhaust blower?

You must operate the exhaust blower before starting a boats inboard gasoline engine to remove fuel vapors. If you have not started the boat for some time, inspect the boat first before running to check if there is any problem.

What would cause a boat engine to explode?

Gasoline fumes are the major cause of boat explosions, and because they usually happen when someone is aboard, they often cause serious injuries.

How often should a bilge pump come on?

about every 20 to 30 minutespumps out about every 20 to 30 minutes.

When should a blower be operated on a boat?

They are ignition protected to prevent sparks, and are built to resist overheating and corrosion. The size blower you need is determined by the volume of your engine compartment. It is recommended that you use a blower at least 4 minutes before you ever start the engine, and especially after fueling.

What does the blower do on a boat?

In gas-powered boats, there should be one blower for each engine. The blower’s primary job is to remove any gasoline vapors in the engine room. These vapors are highly explosive and if ignited by a spark can destroy the boat and anyone on or beside the boat.

What type of boat does water current has the greatest effect on?

Hull type has the most effect on how a boat reacts to the current. Displacement-type hulls with considerable draft are affected by current to a greater extent than shallower-draft, lighter, planing-type hulls.

How many minutes should a blower be operated?

fourSPECIAL NOTE: The blower must operate for a minimum of four (4) minutes before starting the engine at any time. The blower must also be operated during idle and slow-speed running, but is not necessary during cruising speed. NEVER OPERATE THE BOAT IF THE BLOWER SYSTEM IS INOPERABLE OR NOT WORKING PROPERLY.

What is a bilge blower?

A bilge blower (or blower motor) is a small exhaust fan that you install in the transom of your boat. Typically, you attach the blower to a hose that goes down to your inboard engine compartment. You connect the other end of the blower to a bilge vent on the outside of your boat.

How long should you run your boat’s bilge blower before starting your gasoline engine?

four minutesThe minimum recommended time you should run the blower to ventilate the bilge is four minutes. Before switching it on, however, rely on one of the most sensitive odor-detectors you have — your nose. No bilge blower will rid the compartment of spilled fuel, which will continue to emit vapors.

Where is the blower located on a boat?

Typically, there is one blower and 2 hoses. The blower is in-line of the hose generating a slight vacuum near the bottom of the bilge and discharging out through a hull vent on one side, one hose from a vent on the other side of the boat letting air in and directed near the bottom of the bilge.

What should your passengers be aware of at all times?

Some of the things you should point out are: Locations of safety equipment—lifejackets and PFDs, manual propelling device, anchor, fire extinguisher(s), visual signals, first-aid kit, and bailers/water pump.

Why should a boats gas tank never be completely filled?

It’s important to never fill the tank of your boat beyond 90% full. This leaves room for gas to expand and avoids the potential for overflow. Ensure that all air vents and valves to the gas tank are open. After you’re done fueling, tightly replace the gas cap.