YOUR SPRINGTIME SEAWORTHY BOAT CHECK

May 3, 2013 7:06 am Published by Leave your thoughts
It's Boating Time

It’s Boating Time

     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

           reconnecting.

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.

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See you on the park and on the water!!


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