Spring has sprung at Lake Murray and surrounding areas and that means it’s time to get all those Pontoons, Tri-toons, Sea Ray speed boats, bass fishing boats and everything else that floats ready to roll, err, I mean float! It’s the annual rite of spring that helps prevent boat problems that could keep them off the water and stuck in dry-dock if not properly attended to.
So here are some things to consider before you take your favorite boat out for too many trips this year!
Inspect the fuel system for leaks or damage and be sure to pay special attention to fuel hoses, connections and tank surfaces.
Evidence of a damaged fuel hose includes softness, brittleness or cracking.
Replace components when necessary and verify all fittings and clamps are properly secured.
Ensure the engine, exhaust and ventilation systems are all functioning properly.
Look before you pump. Don’t fill your tank with fuel that contains more than 10% ethanol (E10) as it will damage your engine
Belts, Cables & Hoses
Check belts, cables and hoses because they can become brittle and may crack during winter storage.
Inspect all electrical connections for clean, tight, corrosion free connections. Corroded connections can be dangerous
Remove corroded terminals and use a wire brush to clean them, along with all cable ends.
Charge your battery and have it tested to ensure it can hold a charge.
Check all fluid levels including engine oil, power steering, power trim reservoirs and coolant.
Be sure to change the engine oil, oil filter and drive lubricants if these tasks were not done prior to winterizing your boat.
Propellers & Hulls
Inspect propellers for dings, pitting, cracks and distortion.
When inspecting the hull, look for blisters, distortions and cracks. Be sure to clean the hull, deck, and topsides using an environmentally safe cleaning solution.
Check your life jackets to ensure they are in good condition and that there are enough on board for all potential passengers.
Be sure all onboard fire extinguishers are the correct class for your vessel, and are fully charged and stowed in the proper place.
For any enclosed or semi-enclosed area, ensure you have at least one properly installed and working carbon monoxide detector
Get the new boating year off to a great start. Ensure you’ll enjoy another season of carefree boating and make your annual boat preparation more manageable.
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