Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring Boating Checklist

Well, it's finally here... warm weather! Hooray! The dreary days of winter and the cold/rainy days of early Spring are finally behind us. We find ourselves daydreaming at work about whether or not we should take the boat out for a quick spin when we get home. We talk enthusiastically with our families about spending some time on the water over the weekend. But, before we rush and make a mistake, let's take a little time to be assured that the boat really is "ready to go".

I jotted down a few essential things to review and/or check before that maiden voyage. I would also like to hear from you. What are some of the things that you do to get your boat seaworthy? If you have anything to add, please leave a comment with your suggestions. There are many people reading this blog that are new, or relatively new, boaters and would benefit from the suggestions you may have.

1) Has the drive oil been changed?
2) Has the engine oil been changed (stern drive or 4-Stroke OB)?
3) Is the battery charged and are the connections clean and tight?
4) Run the engine in the driveway before going to the water for the first time.
5) Check the trailer bearings and grease, if needed -- but not too much!
6) Check trailer lights.
7) Check the trailer's brake fluid (if equipped).
8) Don't forget the plug!!!

Well, there's a start. What else do you do?

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1 comment:

Dan said...

winch, winch cable/strap, bunk/roller bolts and nuts