Re: Info. for Guests Aboard
I have a short email I send to guests, where the boat is, bring food, being warm cloths, how to get onto the dock, my cell phone number etc.
When we are getting ready to leave the dock I have a short safety thing, where the equipment is, radios, my cell phone, safety equipment. I also ask them to find a life jacket they will tolerate that fits (I am a please have the life jacket on by the time we leave the dock boat) - I go over starting and stopping the engine and the throttle and shifter lever. How we plan to leave the dock and how we plan to return to the dock, complete with which cleat the dock line goes onto (I have a fixed length stopping strap so there is less confusion where the boat goes)
The whole demo and talk runs about 6 to 8 minutes and is done while the engine is warming up.
If someone really really has questions ahead of time I will answer them and sometimes send them a link to a boating etiquette article if they are real worried about doing something wrong.