It’s almost time to get your boat into the water for summertime fun! Here is a list of things you should checkout to make sure your botas ready to go when you are.
THINGS YOU MIGHT NEED
Marine caulk Air filters Fuel filters
Power steering fluid Transmission fluid Distilled water
Lubricants Stainless-Steel hose clamps Flares
Motor oil Running light bulbs WD-40
Step Number One
1. Inspect props for dinging and pitting. Make sure cotter pins are secure.
2. Replace any plastic fittings near or below waterline with bronze or Marelon.
3 Inspect anodes on shaft, outdrive or trim tabs if needed.
4. Check rudder.
Step Number Two Outdrive and Outboard Inspection.
1. Check outdrive bellows for folds, cracks or tears.
2. Check hydraulic trim tab fluid.
3. Check lower-unit lube level. Watch for creamy look to oil as this
indicates a water leak. (Change lube every other year)
Step Number Three Engines and other related items
1. Check and replace all fuel lines as needed. Fuel lines should be supple, with
no cracks or bulges. If there are soft spots or a gasoline smell when you
wipe line with cloth—check connections and/or replace lines.
2. Cooling hoses should be firmly clamped and fit snugly.
3. Replace ALL hose clamps that show any sign of corrosion.
4. Replace fuel filters.
5. Clean or replace air filters.
6. Check all fluid levels.
7. Change engine oil if not done in fall.
8. Check all belts for tension and wear.
9. Check all water pumps for seepage.
10. Replace impellers if more than two years old.
11. Test bilge pumps and high water control switch.
12. Test bilge blower and hose.
13. Check all fuses.
14, Inspect electrical cables for breaks or cracks.
Step Number four General items of importance.
1. Charge and reinstall batteries. Fill with distilled water. Coat battery
terminals with insulating film of grease.
2. Open and close any seacocks to insure easy movement.
3. Inspect the raw water intake strainer for cracks and make sure it is clean and
has no corrosion.
4. Check all running lights. Replace bulbs and tighten and/or clean all
connections. Retest lights for proper operation.
5. Check GPS and VHF antenna connections and spray with WD-40 before
6. Test any smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
7. Check all life jackets and MOB gear.
8. Check horn.
9. Check flares and expiration dates on them
10. Check all fire extinguishers and replace or recharge if necessary.
11. Make sure the stuffing box or shaft seal is dry when boat is still at dock.
12. Check portholes, deck fittings and rail fitting for tightness.
13. Check all caulking on boat for signs of water leakage or dirt. Recaulk as necessary.
14. Test bilge pump by flowing water into bilge and seeing that the pump clears it.
15, Check cabin interior lights and other electrical systems.
16. Check functioning of head and water system.
17. Test VHF radio.
18, Look for any leaking trim tab cylinders or hoses.
19. Schedule Coast Guard safety check of boat.
IF YOU FOLLOW THE ABOVE YOU WILL BE ON A PATH TOWARD A SAFE AND FUN BOATING SUMMER. REMEMBER, SAFETY SHOULD BE YOUR NUMBER ONE CONCERN ON THE WATER. Only you can make sure your boat is fit for the water.
See you on the park and on the water!!
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