SAFELY LOADING AND UNLOADING YOUR SWITCH PONTOON
Proper weight distribution on boats is essential to ensuring safety. As the captain of the boat, you’re responsible for everyone else onboard your Sea-Doo Switch. Properly loading and unloading all passengers and cargo is a critical component to boat stability and control.
Every boat, including your Sea-Doo Switch pontoon, has a maximum weight capacity, as well as a maximum passenger capacity (see table below). Maximum weight, passenger capacity and recommended seating position are listed on the safety label near the helm of your Sea-Doo Switch. You can also find this info listed by model in the table below. It’s important to understand the maximum weight capacity of your Sea-Doo Switch includes all cargo and passengers. The weight of coolers, watersports equipment and other cargo can add up quickly. Be aware that bringing more cargo along for the ride will reduce the available weight capacity for additional passengers.
When loading your Sea-Doo Switch, load cargo first, making sure weight is evenly distributed side-to-side and front-to-back. Passengers should load one at a time through the designated entry points and be seated in such a way that the weight is evenly distributed around the available seating and/or floor space.
Overloading your Switch pontoon or uneven weight distribution increases the risk of tipping or capsizing – especially in adverse water conditions. As the captain of your pontoon, do not hesitate to guide your passengers where to sit. With the weight evenly distributed, it will be much easier for you to drive the boat in all situations, including docking.
When underway, passengers should stay seated. Sudden movements from passengers – such as jumping up to catch a hat or towel that’s blown overboard – should be avoided. If your crew needs to move around the boat, wait until the boat is no longer in motion. A friendly reminder that it’s a good idea to use a point of contact, such as a table, railing or other stationary object, when moving around the pontoon, to help balance in case another boat wake or other unexpected boat movement occurs is always helpful.