Boaters Education


The summer heat makes for amazing boat days with one downside – a lot of traffic on the water.  Make sure your boat stays in pristine condition and your passengers safe by implementing these simple Waterway Safety reminders.


It’s been a long winter so you might be a little rusty when it comes to Wakeboarding. MasterCraft Team Rider Josh Palma shares his wisdom on how to best set up your boat and tow a wakeboarder. Also learn tricks of the trade for those beginning wakeboarders.  


1.Prepare your vessel well away from the boat ramp

  • Check that all required safety equipment and the vessel’s registration card are on board.
  • Make sure the trailer coupler is connected securely to the ball hitch and unplug the trailer lights.
  • Check the condition of the battery, the motor, and the angle of the drive unit.
  • Make sure the vessel’s drain plug is firmly in place.

2. Move the vessel to the boat ramp. Having a lookout or someone in the boat is helpful at this point.

  • Check the drive unit prior to backing down the ramp.
  • Run the exhaust blower, for at least four minutes.
  • Back the trailer down the ramp to the water’s edge. Remove all engine and transom tie-down straps.
  • Back the trailer into the water until the vessel is in sufficient water depth to provide cooling intake with water supply.
  • Unhook the bow winch line, but be sure you have a line to the bow or side cleats to control/handle the boat.

3. Start the engine. Once it is running steadily, back the vessel slowly off the trailer.

4. Move the vessel out of the way. Secure it to a courtesy dock while you pick up your passengers.

5. Quickly move the towing vehicle off the ramp.

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