Get Ready for Spring Boating with These Checks
| March 14, 2018


The following are general guidelines from Discover Boating to help you get your boat ready for that first launch this spring. Check your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations
or procedures specific to your boat.
¨ Inspect hoses, connections and tank surfaces
for leaks or damage
¨ Replace components as needed
¨ Verify all fittings and clamps are properly secured
o Ensure the engine, exhaust, and ventilation
systems are functioning properly
o Check for cracks and brittle areas
o Ensure belts fit tightly and are not worn
o Inspect the outer jacket of control cables for
cracks or swells, which may indicate a problem
o Inspect all electrical connections for
cleanliness and tightness; corrosion may
indicate an unsafe condition
o Remove terminals and clean with a wire bush;
clean cable ends
o Change battery and ensure it can hold a charge
o Electrical systems should be inspected
by a qualified technician regularly
o Check engine oil, power steering, power trim
reservoirs and coolant levels
o Change engine oil, oil filter and drive lubricants
if these tasks were not done prior to winterizing
o Inspect propellers for dings, pitting,
cracks and distortion
o Make sure propeller is secured properly;
replace bearings if needed
o Check hull for blisters, distortions and cracks
o Clean the hull, deck and topsides
o Ensure the drain plug is securely in place prior
to every launch
o Inspect life jackets to ensure they are in good
condition; make sure there is one for each
potential passenger
o Check that fire extinguishers are fully charged,
properly stowed and are the correct class for
your vessel
o Take advantage of any safety inspections offered
by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), USCG Auxiliary
or U.S. Power Squadron
start-up checklist


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