As summer approaches, it’s important for boat owners to ensure that their vessels are safe and ready for the water. Here are some essential items to check off the list:
- Ball Valves: Ball valves control the flow of water in and out of your boat. It’s important to operate the valve by opening and closing it to ensure that it’s working correctly. If you notice any leaks or difficulty turning the valve, it may need to be replaced.
- Thru-hulls: Thru-hulls are fittings that allow water to flow in and out of your boat. Over time, debris can build up and clog the thru-hull, which can lead to flooding or other problems. It’s essential to check that the thru-hulls are clear and free of any blockages.
- Metal: If your boat is slipped in a marina, it’s important to check for degradation or pinking of bronze or brass. These metals can corrode over time due to exposure to saltwater and other elements. Look for signs of pitting, flaking, or discoloration on any metal parts, and address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.
- Bilge Pumps: Bilge pumps are critical for keeping your boat afloat in the event of a leak or other emergency. It’s important to test the pumps regularly by turning the switch on and off. If you hear any unusual noises or notice that the pump isn’t working correctly, it may need to be repaired or replaced.
- Bilge Pump Float Switches: Bilge pump float switches automatically turn on the pump when the water level in the bilge rises. It’s essential to confirm that the float switches are working correctly by lifting them up and down. If the switch is stuck or not functioning correctly, it may need to be replaced.
- Coolant: Your boat’s engine relies on coolant to regulate the temperature and prevent overheating. It’s essential to verify that the coolant level is full and clean. If the coolant looks dirty or low, it may need to be flushed and refilled.
- Oil: Oil helps lubricate the engine and prevent wear and tear. It’s essential to check the oil level regularly and change the oil at least once a year or as recommended by your boat’s manufacturer.
- Fuel Filters: Fuel filters help remove impurities and water from the fuel system. It’s important to change the water/fuel separator every season to prevent buildup and ensure that the engine is running correctly.
- Safety Equipment: All Coast Guard-required safety equipment should be updated regularly. This includes items such as life jackets, flares, fire extinguishers, and navigation lights. It’s essential to check the expiration dates on any equipment and replace it if it’s outdated or not working correctly.
By following these essential safety tips, you can enjoy a safe and fun boating season. Remember to stay tuned for more safety tips and always prioritize safety when on the water.
More to come later… Happy Boating and Stay Safe