ASA 116, Dinghy and Outboard Endorsement
Able to safely and efficiently operate a dinghy with an outboard motor, in a variety of environments, including operating from a dock, a beach, and a cruising yacht. Knowledge of types of dinghies and outboards, characteristics of each, safe operation, security, towing, hoisting, storage, transit, employment, care and maintenance
Basic Terminology and Descriptions
- Inflation valve
- Drain plug
- Bow ring
- Towing eye
- Thwart seat
- Bow locker
- Gear shift
- Stop button
- Kill cord
- Starting cord
- Spark plug
- Oil sump
- Fuel filter
- Fuel connection
- Fuel tank air vent
- Clamp screws
- Tilt lever
- Tilt support
- Lower unit
3. Describe the characteristics of hard shell, soft inflatable, rigid inflatable, and folding dinghies.
Safety Gear and Procedures
5. List the federally-required and the recommended equipment for a dinghy and outboard, including lighting requirements.
7. Explain outboard motor start procedures, including sufficient fuel, fuel hose connections, fuel tank air vent, priming bulb, choke, start
cord, stop button/kill cord, tilt control, cooling water.
12. Describe procedures for beach landings and departures, including selection of an appropriate landing site.
Security and Transit
23. Describe hoisting and storage for onboard transit using halyards, davits, cranes, hoisting arms, or levers.
Care and Maintenance
25. Describe the implications of using ethanol gasoline mix, and precautions against damage to the motor.
28. Describe troubleshooting steps to take for the following common problems with gasoline-powered outboard motors:
- Motor won’t start
- Motor flooded with gasoline
- Motor stalls or stops
- Motor runs but has no power
- Motor starts but no cooling water is evident
Prepare and operate dinghy and outboard motor from a dock and/or a yacht.
29. Launch the dinghy from a dinghy rack, or from the deck or davits of a yacht. Ensure drain plug is installed and dinghy is properly inflated.
Operating and Maneuvering
- Operate in forward and reverse gears.
- Maneuver in a straight line and in a figure-8 pattern.
- Stop the dinghy using opposite gear and appropriate throttle.
Docking and Beach Landings and Departures
- Clove hitch
- Round turn and 2 half hitches
- Cleat hitch