What does a Motorboat Operator do?

Operate small motor-driven boats. May assist in navigational activities.

Jobs Roles

  • Maintain desired courses, using compasses or electronic navigational aids.
  • Follow safety procedures to ensure the protection of passengers, cargo, and vessels.
  • Operate engine throttles and steering mechanisms to guide boats on desired courses.
  • Direct safety operations in emergency situations.
  • Issue directions for loading, unloading, and seating in boats.
  • Secure boats to docks with mooring lines, and cast off lines to enable departure.
  • Maintain equipment such as range markers, fire extinguishers, boat fenders, lines, pumps, and fittings.
  • Report any observed navigational hazards to authorities.
  • Service motors by performing tasks such as changing oil and lubricating parts.
  • Arrange repairs, fuel, and supplies for vessels.
  • Organize and direct the activities of crew members.
  • Tow, push, or guide other boats, barges, logs, or rafts.
  • Clean boats and repair hulls and superstructures, using hand tools, paint, and brushes.
  • Oversee operation of vessels used for carrying passengers, motor vehicles, or goods across rivers, harbors, lakes, and coastal waters.
  • Take depth soundings in turning basins.
  • Perform general labor duties such as repairing booms.
  • Position booms around docked ships.
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