Boating season is upon us, and the best way to enjoy this is to know your boat is safe and in great shape while you’re out on the water. Routine maintenance can help extend the life of your boat and reduce the need for repairs, and can also help keep you safe out there on the water. Some tips to keep it in its best condition are:
- To prevent damage while your boat is docked, make sure the mooring lines are securely fastened and coiled, and show no signs of breakage or wear.
- Always make sure your battery is properly charged and clean, and that all fluids levels are suitable. You should also check the engine, fuel, fluids, and electrical work regularly.
- Be sure to inspect the condition of life jackets and check that fire extinguishers are properly charged.
- Safety inspections are offered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and U.S. Power Squadrons. A licensed marine surveyor can also inspect your boat. Finding one in your area and taking advantage of this can benefit you greatly.
Enjoy your summer!