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Five Musts Before Taking Your Boat Out on Its First Spring Cruise
Prep the hull
Start with your
boat’s exterior – if it isn’t seaworthy, you aren’t going
anywhere. Look for any holes, cracks, or blisters in the paint and fix
them as appropriate. Once you’re satisfied with the hull, give it a good
washing and waxing for good measure.
Check your fluids
Some small amount of fluid leak, or evaporation, is
completely normal if the boat has spent a few months in storage. Check
the oil, water, and any other fluids. Check the spark plugs too, if you
have a gasoline engine.
Inspect the electronics
Start with the battery, make sure it’s working and top off
the water if necessary. Also verify that the terminals aren’t corroded
and are still making a strong connection. Then check over your wiring,
wherever it’s convenient to access. Don’t forget to verify all your
lights are working!
Test your bilge pump
If all the electronics are good, turn on the bilge pump to
make sure it’s working properly. You don’t want to be on the water
Verify your fire extinguisher, flares, and other
Check everything that has an expiration date, including your
extinguisher, flares, and medical kit. Don’t take any chances. If
it’s out of date, buy a replacement to ensure you’ll be safe.
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