Prepare Your Boat for Boating Season
The temperature is rising and it’s time to get your boat on the water. Make sure you perform these checks before you go out to avoid preventable issues.
If you didn’t change the oil and filter when you put your boat away in the fall, do it now. It’s also a good idea to check the oil in the outdrive.
First, reconnect the battery and clean away any corrosion. If you have a traditional battery with vent caps, fill it up. Test the power with a battery tester.
Refill the cooling system, rinse out the strainer and check the hoses for cracks.
Top off your tank if it isn’t already full. Change the fuel filter and make sure the fuel line is attached. Check for cracks in the fuel line.
Belts and hoses
Check all belts and hoses for cracks and brittleness. Belts should be tight over the pulleys so they don’t slip, which can also make them wear faster. A black soot-like substance near the pulley is a sign the belt is worn and needs replaced.
Propeller and hull assessment
Check your propeller for dings or cracks, and make sure it’s attached properly. Check rudders, shafts, and boat trim.
Test your horn and VHF radio (if you have one). Inspect your life jackets and make sure your fire extinguisher isn’t expired. Make sure your anchor is on board.
Check the manual
Make sure you read your owner’s manual for any other safety checks specific to your boat.
Keep it covered
Even when you take every precaution, accidents can happen. Keep your boat protected with boat insurance from Nationwide.