Carrying out a routine boat check
Service your boat regularly (at least once a year) to prevent accidents and improve boat safety at sea. First, check the boat for any damages, assess and evaluate repairs that have to be carried out and check if the boat is fully equipped.
Note that all safety measures are in place. Check your trailer for repairs as well. Look for scrapes and damages in the marine coatings of your boat.
Wash the boat regularly
If your boat is usually used to sail at sea, it is advised to rinse it with freshwater to remove salt residue. Salt can result in the corrosion of metal hardware.For washing, use a soft bristle brush with a long handle and good soap. For better performance, you can use a special marine boat wash. But it’s okay to use car soap as well.
Inspect the state of your battery
Choose a genuine marine battery that is sufficient for the capacity of your engine. It is important that you keep all maintenance equipment in the boat clean and dry.The batteries have to be kept in a ventilated container fixed in place with brackets. Ensure tight and secure connections and terminals.
Check for corrosion in electrical systems
To prevent corrosion of electrical systems make sure you carry out regular inspections. There are corrosion retardant sprays you can use to protect terminals and electrical connectors. Even if you only use your boat in the daytime, make sure it is primed for might travel as well by keeping the navigation lights in working order. You can keep your boat algae free and protect it from other forms of marine growth by employing the use of marine coatings. Also, make sure that your water pump is well maintained and check for leaks frequently.
Inspect the propeller
The props have to be kept clean by removing the propeller and filing out jagged or damaged parts. Missing paint on your prop is not a big cause for concern. But it is better to conduct repairs if there are signs of impact. If your propeller is damaged, your boat can lag in terms of performance. This will also result in the burning of excessive fuel.Remove the propeller frequently to check if it has snagged on any fishing lines. Carry a spare propeller with you for emergencies.
Efficient management of fuel
Change your filters regularly so that you can be sure that the fuel entering the engine is clean and pure. The tanks should be full and kept close when they are not being used. You have to be careful of the risk of fire.They commonly occur due to system leaks and problems in ventilation. So it is vital that you carry out regular inspections of fuel and gas tanks, pumps, and valves. Make sure there are no signs of corrosion or leaks. If the boat was not in use for some time, replace fuel. This will ensure that it doesn’t contain any impurities.