(Music � �� like to fly away ��) [Narrator] The purpose of this film is to stimulate your thoughts on how to properly operate a recreational boat. Watch closely and notice the boating errors that are committed. At the end of the presentation, we encourage you to discuss what you�ve just seen with the people around you [Boat Salesman] Good afternoon. Could we interest you in a boat? [Bill] Yeah, we already have a car. Now we thought we�d get a boat [BS] Mighty fine. Shall we look at some of the various models? [H] OK. Real good [BS] Well, Bill. We�ll have her all serviced and ready to go for you tomorrow [H] Sounds good [BS] Now, we need to see about getting your numbers for the boat. I�ll get you to sign this application that you can take down to the Parks and Wildlife Department this afternoon Let us know what the number is. We�ll have it on your boat so you can go tomorrow [H] All right [BS] We also have your owner�s manual here, which I suggest you study this evening so you will know more about the safe operation of your boat [H] All right, sir [BS] Y�all have equipment for your boat? [H] No, we don�t [Wife: W aka Debbie] What kind of equipment do we need? [BS] Well, let�s go over to the accessory department and we�ll pick out what you need [H] OK [BS] According to the law, you will need some of the following things in order to operate your boat safely. A coastguard approved lifesaver is required for each person on the boat [H] OK [BS] Your boat will come equipped with running lights�the combination light with green on one side and the red on the other [H] This goes on front of the boat? [BS] This is on front of the boat. The green is on the right side, the red on the left [H] OK. What�s this for? [BS] That is so you can enable other boats to know which way you are going [H] Oh, good idea [W] What about the headlights�like on a car? [BS] Well, rather than using headlights as on a car, we use a spotlight. Be happy to install one of these on your boat for you [H] OK [BS] Alright, you also need a fire extinguisher on your boat, preferably one with a gauge so that you can tell when it�s fully charged and operable. Now Bill, if you�re going to be waterskiing, a mirror is required on your boat� [H] OK [BS] �preferably one with a wide angle design [H] All right [W] I�m going to learn how to swim first [BS] Also, a horn is required on your boat. We will be installing an electric horn on your boat. And we have some other items that are not required by law but are awfully nice to have on board [H] Ok. Let�s see some [BS] You�re gonna need some rope� [H] All right [BS] � an anchor so you can stop and go fishing and swimming� [H] OK [BS] � and a paddle is very handy [H] Yeah, just her size [BS] Right [H] OK [W] Look what I found�just what we need [H] Do we really? [W] Sure we do [H] OK [BS] Are you ready to write it up or can we add something else? [H] Write it up [BS] All right, sir [H] Hi [TPWD Clerk: C] Hi. May I help you? [H] I�d like to register my boat [C] Has your boat ever been registered before? [H] No, Ma�am [C] OK. Would you please sign right here? [H] OK [C] OK. So this will be your TX number. T X 2 3 0 1 C K. And both the letters and numbers have to go on both sides of the bow of your boat. You can buy these numbers at a boat shop, a hardware store, or you can paint them on yourself. If you paint them on, they must be at least three inches high. These letters and numbers, also, must be a contrasting color to your boat color. This, Sir, will serve as your temporary receipt. You must keep this with you whenever you�re out on the boat We will mail you a white plastic card and two Texas decals, which go next to this number
But, in the meantime, you may operate your boat with this paper receipt and the TX number on both sides [H] That�s fine [C] Also, sir, here�s a copy of the Digest of the Teas Water Safety Act. If you have any questions concerning how to place your numbers on your boat or any operation of your motor boat, please consult this digest. That will be nine dollars, please, sir. That�s for a class one boat and it�s good for two years Thank you very much [H] OK. Thank you very much [C] Thank you [W] Affix one sticker to each side of the vessel three inches aft of towards the stern and in line with the registration number as illustrated below [H] Some more, straight, straighten it out, looking good, come on back, looking good, that�s good. Stop! Hold it right there [W] Well, what next? [H] Well, release the ratchet, crank the winch and push the boat in the water [W] Great [H] Don�t stand on the tongue. You could fall and hurt yourself. You hold the boat while I park the car and trailer [W] OK Help. Heelp! [H] Hey honey, what�s the matter? Bring the boat on back [Boat Bystander: BB] Hey wait! Don�t jump in that, buddy. People drown every year trying to get those drifting boats. Wait a minute. I�ll go out there and get it. You just stay right there. I�ll go out there. Throw me a line, little lady, and I�ll pull you back in to shore. Honey, you�ve got to throw me one that�s tied on to the boat. I can�t pull you in with this one. Give me that other line. Now you just sit down. I�ll bring you on in Hey, partner, grab this line and hold that boat so I can get out of here. OK, buddy, come on over here and let me show you how to tie a boat right. Tie it tight, but always tie that boat with a little slack in it so it can ride with the water. Y�all run on and have a good time. But be careful, now [H] Gee, thanks a lot [BB] You�re welcome [H] I don�t know much about boats but I do know you have to store everything away, so you don�t be tripping all over it [W] Is that what you call ship-shape? [H] I don�t know, honey. Remember, I�ve never owned a boat before. Remember, you have to keep a boat balanced. All aboard! Cast off!
[W] What do you mean? [H] I�m trying to sound like a sailor. That means get ready to go. I�ll untie the stern line and you get the bowline [W] Aye, aye, sir [H] This is a bow line. Now, before we get started, remember never move around in a small boat when it�s moving. If you have to move around, bend over and hold on to something [W] Yes, sir. Aye, aye, sir [H] That�s better. You should show the proper respect for your superiors. Be sure and turn on the blower before you start it [W] Did you put gas in the tank? [H] I�m sorry, Debbie. We shouldn�t have cast off �til we started the engine [W] Aye, aye, sir [H] Oh, cut it out. You really know how to hurt a guy. Stopping the engine�s one thing we don�t have to worry about [Gas Attendant: GA] Y�all need some cold water? [H] Yeah. Fill her up [GA] All right. Don�t jiggle that nozzle around in that spout. You could cause some sparks You could cause an explosion [W] You�re kidding [GA] It happens [H] It doesn�t happen often. You have to be careful though [W] Well, I didn�t know boating could be so dangerous. It�s not like a car. When you park a car, it stays still [H] Yeah. They have a lot of accidents with cars, too. Look how many there are. You just have to know the safety rules and follow them [W] You know them? [H] Yeah, I know some of them. Thank you very much [GA] Thank you very much. Good luck [W] Thank you [H] Here we go. (H & W singing briefly as they head out on lake. Then he whistles) [W] Why did you do that? [H] Well, there. Sailboats have the right away There are rules for boating, just like there are traffic rules�only the boating rules are much older than the traffic rules [W] What are they? [H] Uh, I was afraid you�d ask that. Some of the most important rules are in the digest we got from the Parks and Wildlife Department [W] Oh, I put it in the glove department. Let me look at it. Well, what does starboard mean? [H] Right�I think [W] Oh, yeah. It says here that starboard is right Then, port must be left. Oh, here comes a boat. Now we can practice our rules of the road. It says pass port to port, giving one blast of the horn or whistle
[Man Boater: MB] Are you all right? [Girl Water Skier: GWS] Yeah, I�m OK. Scared me [MB] Are you sure? [GWS] Yeah [MB] What are you doing on this side of the lake? [H] I blew my horn [MB] Some lakes have different rules and regulations than others [W] If we�ve done something wrong, we�re sorry [MB] This lake has regulations that say you�re supposed to stay to the right all the time [W] This is the first time we�ve been out in our new boat [MB] Get on your side of the lake before you scare someone else half to death [W] We�re real sorry [MB] Well, I was wrong, too. I should have had someone watching. I was watching my skier [W] That looks dangerous. If one of them fell off, what would happen? [H] Oh, the boat would probably run over them They�d get hit by the prop (Music) [W] If you fell overboard, what would I do? [H] Well, I�d appreciate it if you�d throw me a life preserver (W laughs), but it would be a good idea if you�d learn how to operate a boat [W] Oh, no. I�m scared [H] Look, it�s me who would drown if you don�t know how to operate a boat [W] But I don�t want to. I�m not good at all at mechanical things [H] You can drive a car, so with a little care you learn to drive a boat [W] But a boat is different [H] Look, I�m the one who will drown if you can�t operate the boat. Come on, honey You don�t want to leave me out there to drown, do you? [W] (Big sigh). OK. What next? [H] OK. Let me show you these controls. First of all, always turn on the blower. Next, put it in neutral and � [W] How do you put it in neutral? [H] Right here [W] Where are the brakes? [H] There are no brakes [W] You�re kidding [H] No [W] Well, how do I stop if there aren�t any brakes? [H] Put it in neutral, then in reverse [W] Well, where�s reverse? [H] Put it in neutral, pull it back, put it in reverse � [W] OK. Where�s drive? [H] Push it forward for drive [W] OK [H] Just like a car. Here we go [H] You made it. Now that�s getting started with a bang [W] Well, I told you I wasn�t very good at it [H] Now, when you get thrown from a horse, you get right back on. This isn�t a horse, but it nearly threw us. Well, let�s see. Next time, when you turn on the ignition, make sure it�s in neutral and just go through the movements very slowly. OK? When you put it in forward, very slow and steady [W] OK [H] Let�s try it again. That a girl. Slow, smooth, steady. Looking good. Mighty fine [W] This is kind of fun [H] Just run through it smoothly. Just a little bit of practice, I think you�ll be a expert (W laughs). Mighty fine. OK. Goose it a little bit [W] Goose it? [H] Just go straight across the waves. That�s looking good. OK. Watch the waves from this boat that�s coming up here. All right. Let�s cut across�go straight across the wake here That�s not so hard, is it? Hey, let�s stop over here and have lunch [W] Well, why don�t you take over. It makes me nervous [H] I�ll tell you what to do. Remember, we don�t have any brakes [W] How can I forget? [H] Slow down. Slow down! Slow down!!! OK. Now start the engine again. This time, leave it in neutral. Look where you�re going Watch the waves, see which way they�ll blow the boat. OK?
[W] OK [H] OK. Put it in forward. Here we go, slowly Atta girl. Lookin� good. OK. Angle the boat Right in here. Right in here, angle the boat, turn it, turn it, right in here, lookin� good, OK, comin� around, turn it back, put it in neutral. Slow down! Let me grab this line and tie it up before we blow away [W] Well, I never could parallel park [H] Oh, don�t worry about it. That probably happens to a lot of folks the first time out (Music) [W] Oh, I wasn�t looking. I hope I haven�t broke anything [H] Well, let me try and back this thing up. Get that paddle and go up front and push off OK. Ready? [W] OK [H] Here we go. Push down on it [W] I can�t get it out [H] It�s stuck [Game Warden: GW] Good afternoon. I�m State Game Warden, Terry Joy. It looks like you�re having a little trouble with your boat [H] Yeah, we sure are [GW] Throw me a line and I�ll try to pull you off. The bottom�s rather shallow here, but it�s sand, so you probably haven�t done any damage to your boat. When I start pulling, don�t hold onto the line. I don�t want to pull you out of the boat Here we go [H] That�s good. Appreciate it, sir [GW] You�re sure welcome, sir. Now I�d like to check your water safety equipment. I�d like to see your certificate of number [W] Oh, I think I put that in the glove compartment Just a second. I did [GW] OK, sir, that�s fine. Now I�d like to see your lifesaving devices [H] Oh, here. Here they are [GW] Would you take them out of the packages, please [H] Sure. (Whistling) [GW] All life saving devices should be readily accessible. If you were in a hurry, it�d be hard to get into one of these [H] Oh, I see what you mean [W] What are you looking for? [GW] I�m looking for the US Coast Guard approval number [W] Oh [GW] US Coast Guard approval number, and there�s the serial number there [H] All right [W] Well, why are you pulling at the straps? [GW] By mashing them, ma�am, you can tell if the kapok bags are in good condition. I jerked on the straps to see if they�re secure [W] Are they secure? [GW] They�re in good condition. Now I�d like to see your fire extinguisher [H] All right, sir
[GW] The gauge says it�s full. Thank you very much. Now I�d like to make a quick check of your engine compartment. I need to see your ventilation system and flame arrester [W] What�s a flame arrester? [GW] There it is [W] What does it do? [GW] It�s a device that�s attached to the top of a carburetor. In case of backfire, it prevents the flames from possibly causing an explosion The ventilation system are these ducts that carry the gas fumes out of the engine compartment to prevent a possible explosion and the engine from catching on fire [H] OK. What else, sir? [GW] Well, let me take a quick look at your lights We usually don�t check lights in the daytime because they�re not required by law for daytime operation [H] OK. How�s that? [GW] They look all right. Everything�s in good condition. Have a good day [H] Thank you. We appreciate it [W] Thank you. People on the lake are really nice people, you know? [H] Yeah [W] I think we�re going to enjoy our new boat [H] You know, uh, maybe we ought to take one of those boating courses [W] Yeah, I think so (Music) [Narrator] To learn more about recreational safe boating, read The Texas Skipper�s Course, which is available free by writing the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin, Texas 78701 1 A Boat is Not a Car Transcription