Your Summer Startup Safety
Good spring prep increases
safety and fun for the entire boating season. Follow these
tips to help you build your own list
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Check things that might have deteriorated during winter,
including exterior wiring connections for navigation lights, dock
lines (chafing or freeze damage), life jackets (mold, rotten threads
or fabric), paper charts, pipes including cockpit drains that were
subject to ice damage, and hose clamps.
Move the rudder.
Replace deteriorated zincs
Check engine oil levels
Check that vent hoses
haven’t become clogged.
If your boat has been under cover,
check for deck leaks.
for freeze damage
where water may have entered confined areas.
carefully check the bellows for any deterioration.
Check and test communications equipment.
Test navigation equipment.
Load test batteries.
Replace fire extinguishers
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