Mother Nature has finally decided to give us a break from the cold winter months and it is finally starting to feel like spring! This means boaters are itching to get their boats out of winter storage and ready for the summer. To prevent any unexpected surprises we have provided a start-up checklist so our customers are ready for the boating season!
1) Fuel System:
- Check for any leaks or damage and keep a close eye on connections, fuel hoses, and tank surfaces.
- Make sure there are no signs of cracking, softness, or brittleness to the fuel hose.
- Check that all fittings and clamps are properly tightened and in place.
- Check that all systems such as the engine, exhaust, and ventilation are all working properly.
2) Belts, Cables, and Hoses:
- During the cold months belts, cables, and hoses can crack so you want to make sure that all are in proper condition.
- To avoid shifting the belt should fit tightly around pulleys.
- A belt that should be replaced will fit loosely and leave a black residue near the pulley.
- Signs of internal corrosion that you will want to look for are cracks on the outer jacket of the throttle, and steering and shifting control cables.
3) Electric System:
- Check that all electrical connections are clean and tight, and that there is no corrosion. This can become dangerous if not taken care of.
- Use a wire brush to clean all cable ends to get rid of any existing corrosion.
- Test your battery and make sure it is able to hold a charge.
4) Fluid Levels:
- Engine oil, power steering, power trim reservoirs and coolant are all fluid levels that should be checked prior to getting out on the water.
- Another important step is making sure to change the engine oil, oil filter, and drive lubricants.
5) Propellers & Hulls:
- Check that propellers are free of dings, pitting, cracks, and distortion.
- Make sure that the propeller is tightly secured and replace bearings if needed.
- When looking over the hull check for blisters, distortions, and cracks.
- Another important step is making sure the drain plug is securely in place before each launch.
6) Safety Gear:
- Check that you have enough life jackets for all passengers and that they are in good condition.
- Make sure all fire extinguishers are fully charged and in the proper locations.
- Make sure you have a correctly installed and working carbon monoxide detector.
Now that you followed all these steps you can rest a little easier knowing your boat is ready for another carefree season out on the water!