CHECK OUT PROCEDURE
A proper check out includes looking over the vessel to ensure the engine, rigging and sails are operable before departure - as well as ensure you're properly equipped for your planned sail and weather conditions.
Do you have enough?
• PFD's (1 per person) • Child PFD's (required by law) • Type IV PFD's (throwable required on deck) • Mooring Lines
Were you able to find?
• First Aid Kit • Fire Extinguisher(s) (2 on larger vessels) • Bailer (bilge pump is optional) • Anchor & Rode's bitter end • Air Horn (sound device)
If sailing at night or restricted visibility, are the following operational?
•Batteries • Running Lights • Anchor Light • Cabin Light
Starting the engine, remember:
• check for fuel leaks • "sniff" bilge for fuel vapors • open the fuel vent • start & warm the engine • check engine's properly ejecting water (cooling)
Failure to use this vessel in accordance with the terms of the Operator Terms & Conditions, and in compliance with federal and state laws, constitutes negligence and may result in liability.
The operator hereby agrees to release, hold harmless and indemnify Northwest Sailing Center, Inc. (dba Island Sailing), its employees, agents and owners (collectively “ISC”) from any and all claims for injury, property damage or death suffered by the operator or for which the operator may be liable to others. Operator understands that he/she is responsible for the safety and well being of the quests and crew; and thereby also agrees to RELEASE, hold harmless, and indemnify (including costs and attorney’s fees) ISC from any and all claims brought on behalf of Operator’s guests or crew (or others acting on their behalf). Operator understands that he/she has a choice NOT to check out and operate an Island Sailing vessel.
Operator acknowledges that ISC staff and personnel may not be available to answer questions or assist if there is an emergency or problem after business hours, and ISC is not held responsible for any additional costs incurred in seeking private or commercial assistance.
As operator, I have inspected the vessel, completed the check out procedure, and I acknowledge that the vessel is in Seaworthy* condition. I am fully aware that sailing, like other outdoor recreational activities, has its inherent dangers and accept them as part of the sport of sailing.
*Seaworthy Definition: “The vessel is competent to resist ordinary attacks of wind and weather, and is competently equipped and manned for the voyage, with a sufficient crew, and with sufficient means to sustain them, and with a captain of general good character and nautical skill.”
IF ANY ISSUE or QUESTION, please contact ISC staff for assistance (503) 285-7765