Now that spring is in the air, it's almost time to pull your boat out of storage wand hit the water. However, there are a few important steps you need to take first. Just like your house, your boat will likely need spring cleaning.
While you stored your boat, you likely exposed it to the normal storage deterioration. This is standard wear and tear, and every boat can experience it. So, it's your job to check your boat out before you hit the water. You want the vessel to be in top working order, after all.
Your Spring Cleaning Responsibility
Your boat's maintenance should not be an option. It should be an anticipated, required part of your yearly routine. If you take care of maintenance now, you'll reduce your chances of having problems while you are out on the water.
- Review your boat insurance coverage, and update it as needed. Make sure you renew the policy as soon as necessary. If you reduced your coverage to storage levels, increase it back to standard levels.
- Wash and sanitize the boat from bow to stern. Check the hull for signs of damage, weakness or breakage.
- Replace any expired or spoiled provisions. You might need to replace dry goods, first aid kits or other perishable items.
- Inspect the boat's engine and motor systems. Replace the gas, oil and fluids. Clean the tanks as needed.
- Test the steering and rudder system.
- Inspect the sail, mooring and ballast systems as applicable. These critical items help ensure the boat's stability on the water.
- Test the lights, radio, siren, foghorn or other visibility systems. These items will help you remain visible to others on the water.
- Repair or replace any damaged or deteriorated lifesaving systems. Get new life jackets, replace your rafts or buoys as needed. Test fire extinguishers and first aid items for security. Keep in mind, some of these items might expire over time. Never let anyone use a damaged piece of safety equipment.
- Review the safety procedures for your vessel. Also practice your own lifesaving and navigational skills. You don't want to enter an unfamiliar situation without knowing what to do.
When you plan to sail, always abide by all local maritime laws. Only use public waterways, and enforce safety rules on your boat. Boating doesn't allow a lot of room for error, so it's often best to follow the rules to the letter. You'll feel much more secure when you know your boat is in excellent shape.
If you have questions about boat insurance, contact Lancette Agency today. Our agents are happy to help!