Do you spend a lot of time on your boat with friends and family throughout the year? If you said yes to that question, here's what we'd like to ask you... Do you inspect your boat engine on a regular basis to see whether it requires any repairs? Checkups should be performed on a regular basis to verify that your boat is working properly. In addition, you must ensure the safety of everyone who joins you on the ride. We've got some pointers on how to make sure you catch a problem before it's too late.
- Make sure the boat has as many life jackets as the number of persons on board.
- Check the weather forecast to avoid boating in bad weather. In the event of an emergency, there must always be two channels of communication on board.
- Check to see if the radio is working and what channel you may use to contact the coast guard.
- Before you go out on the water, check to see if the navigation lights are working correctly, especially if you plan on staying out late.
- If any water gets in your boat you want it gone immediately, therefore the bilge pump needs to be functioning.
- Check to see whether any of your vessel's devices require batteries and that they aren't about to die. While you're at it, make sure the motor is serviced and check the oil to see if the boat will operate smoothly.
- Stock up on fuel before heading out on the water so you never run out. It's best to get ready before a long boating day.
- For a smoother ride, regularly clean your hull, and inspect it for stress cracks. Maintaining your boat will extend its lifespan.
You need to maintain the condition of your trailer in addition to performing all of these checks on the boat. After launching the boat, as well as before, quickly check the trailer. Making ensuring all of your Coastguard documentation is in order in case you are stopped is the most crucial thing to remember.
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