Ready to Launch Your Boat - Tips for Smooth Sailing this Summer

Spring has sprung and boating season is upon us! Are you ready for your first launch?Finest Boats 2 Now is the time to take your boat out of winter storage and prepare it for the first voyage of the year. To ensure fun and safety, Discover Boating, presented by the Recreational Boating Industry, offers the general guidelines for pre-season boat preparation and maintenance.

Here are a few things that every boat owner should check before hitting the open water:

  • FUEL SYSTEM - Pay special attention to fuel hoses, connections and tank surfaces.
  • BELTS, CABLES & HOSES - Belts should fit tightly around pulleys to prevent slipping. Cracks or swells on the outer jacket of control cables may be a sign you have to take immediate action
  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - Corrosion is often a sign a connection may not be safe. Electrical systems should be regularly inspected by a qualified technician.
  • FLUID LEVELS - Be sure to change the engine oil, oil filter, and drive lubricants, if these tasks were not done prior to winterizing your boat.
  • PROPELLERS & HULLS - Damaged propellers can cause unwanted vibration and damage to your drive train. Be sure to clean the hull, deck, and topsides using an environmentally safe cleaning solution.
  • SAFETY GEAR - It’s important to ensure that each individual has the correct size life jacket for their body weight. Be sure all onboard fire extinguishers are the correct class for your vessel, and are fully charged and stowed in the proper place.

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