46 CFR 131.560 - Weekly tests and inspections.
The following tests and inspections must be carried out weekly:
(a) Each lifesaving appliance and launching appliance must be visually inspected to ensure that it is ready for use.
(b) Each engine of a lifeboat or a rescue boat must be run ahead and astern for not less than 3 minutes, unless the ambient temperature is below the minimal temperature required for starting the engine.
(c) The general alarm system must be activated.
(d) Each battery for starting the engine of a lifeboat or a rescue boat, or for energizing a searchlight, a fixed installation of a radio in a lifeboat, or a portable radio, must be brought up to full charge at least once a week if the battery is -
(1) Of a type that requires recharging; and
(2) Not connected to a device that keeps it continuously charged.
(e) The transmitter of each fixed installation of a radio in a lifeboat and that of each portable radio must be tried out at least once a week with a dummy antenna load.