Happy Spring! We are that much closer to our favorite day of the year– the day the snow has melted away, the sun is shining, and we can finally put our boats in the water. This checklist gives you a run-down on the most important aspects of spring boat inspection.
- Inspect portlights, hatches, and deck fittings for corrosion and water intrusion.
- Test and Reconnect batteries. Fully charge batteries. Clean, tighten electrical connections, especially terminals of battery cables. Apply protective battery terminal spray.
- Test all bilge pumps, high-water switches and alarms.
- Inspect props for wear, pitting, and distortion. Make sure cotter pins are secure
- Engine water pumps and tune up
- Check all fluids. Top off to manufacturer specifications.
- Change engine oil unless done in the fall (preferable).
- Re activate raw-water and freshwater pumps. Check for leaks and worn hoses and clamps.
- Check navigation lights and spot lights.
- Start engine of engines, check operation temperature, proper steering and shift controls.
- Bottom Paint if boat stays in water
- Wax hull and topsides, protect your investment.
Things You May Need:
- Fuel filter
- Stainless-steel hose clamps
And as always, give us a call at (508)394-8341 if you have any questions. Happy Spring!