Are you about to take an adventure on the high seas or spend a day relaxing on the river? To really get the best of the day, you need peace of mind.
That comes from knowing that your equipment is tested and ready to go. Having a maintained, equipped boat can prevent a lot of problems, some of which can be extremely dangerous.
Read on for our must-know boat checklist to help you keep your vessel in the ship shape.
Before heading out on a day’s boating, check the mechanics. The engine and propellor are your first stop. You should check they are operational and not damaged.
After this, address all fluids. Do an oil change and get the levels right, before checking for any leaks in the steering or fuel lines. Finally, check the spark plugs are operating and clean from dirt.
Examine All Electrics
Start by checking all wiring, in and around the battery. You should also look to see if the interior and exterior lighting is working correctly.
Once done, inspect the battery more closely. Look for acid leaks around the terminals and clean appropriately. If the battery needs charging, remove it and charge to the required level.
Once you have checked the mechanical electrics, you should look at the electronics. These differ from electrics, in that they are the tools used to navigate. This makes checking them one of the most important jobs on any boat survey checklist.
Check the wiring for any corrosion. Make sure the systems are getting the right voltage. If they are computer systems, make sure they upgrade to the latest firmware.
Inspecting the Hull
The most important job is to check the hull for any major leaks or cracks. You should also inspect for any signs of rust. If you find any problems, you should get the boat repaired before venturing out.
Assuming there are no problems, regularly maintain the hull with washing and waxing. You can get special wax or paint for boat hulls, each with its individual pros and cons. Make sure you pick the right product depending on its boat and uses.
Look at Safety Equipment
Safety equipment does not need to be maintained, but you need to check it is on board, so it should be on your boat maintenance checklist. Start by checking you have the correct number of lifejackets, and make sure you have checked them for tears and repairs.
After this, restock the first aid kit, check your flares, and add new batteries to your flashlight. You also need an onboard fire extinguisher. Refill your spare gas can, and then check your EPIRB.
Use the Boat Checklist Regularly
Ideally, this boat checklist should be done before every journey. If you are out regularly, some jobs can wait a little longer. It should also be done at the start and end of every boating season.
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