How to Prep Your Boat for Summer

How to Prep Your Boat for SummerWith warm weather approaching, many boat owners are thinking about getting their boats out of storage and ready for use. But, before you take your boat to the launch, it’s important to thoroughly inspect and clean the boat for both the safety of your passengers and to keep your boat in tip-top shape. Here are a few good tips from Discover Boating to keep in mind when reviewing key maintenance areas:

Safety Gear

  • Check your life jackets to be sure they are in good condition. Purchase new life jackets if needed, and make sure you have enough on board for all passengers.
  • Check your onboard fire extinguishers – are they the correct class, fully charged and stowed in the correct place?
  • Visit safety inspections offered by the US Coast Guard, US Coast Guard Auxiliary or US Power Squadrons.

Electrical System

  • Check all electrical connections for corrosion. If you see corrosion, the connection may not be safe. Ensure electrical connections are clean and tight.
  • Charge your battery and have it tested to be sure it can hold a charge.
  • Bring in a qualified technician to inspect your electrical systems on a regular basis.

Propellers & Hulls

  • Visually check propellers for dings, cracks and other distortions. According to Discover Boating, damaged propellers can cause unwanted vibrations and damage to the drive train.
  • Are the ball bearings secure? Replace them if needed to be sure the propeller is secured correctly.
  • Clean the hull, deck and topsides with an environmentally safe cleaner. Look for any blisters, distortions or cracks in the hull.

Boating is a wonderful summer hobby. In addition to prepping your boat for summer, you should also review your insurance policy with an agent to ensure that your policy is up to date, accurate and covers all the gaps. Be sure your investment is fully protected with the right combination of insurance coverage. To get in touch with a AssuredPartners NL personal insurance agent, or to learn more about insurance options, visit: AssuredPartners NL Personal Insurance.

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