Things to Check Before You Launch Your Boat
Heading to the sea on your boat is an experience of its own. Not only do you have to ensure that everything is in the correct order, but you also have to minimize the chances of failure at sea. In this article, we look at the necessary steps you need to take for the perfect boat ride at sea and minimize the chances of disruption. Start by looking at the bottom of your boat and ensuring that all propane connections are tight and aren’t pinched or chafed. Also, have a close look at the solenoid and stove to check their feasibility. You can get your head ready for action by removing the intake hose and adding some vinegar to it. The vinegar will help remove and dissolve the scale buildup within your hoses. This will eventually clear the passageways and allow for some amazing results. Also, inspect your electric pumps here and test the float switch. You should be able to tell if there is a leak on the bilge.
Check the batteries on your boat as well and make sure that they are charged up. The battery terminals should be inspected for possible signs of corrosion and you should look to eliminate them. Corrosion can be minimized and kept at bay through a thin coat of Vaseline on your battery terminals. Both ends of the battery cable should be tightened through a screw. The 12V system to the ground should be corrosion and shouldn’t have a poor connection. A poor connection here can cause electrical problems and fluctuations.
If you haven’t changed your engine oil, now is the time to do so. While you’re at it, test your motor as well and refuel it with some Evinrude oil as well. Check the hoses around the coolant for splitting or cracking. The fuel lines and the clamps should be in order to avoid heating. All filters should be checked and changed if needed. The water pump belts and the alternator for your engine should be adjusted. Check the coolant level and top it up if the need be. Also, remember to reinstall the impeller. Make sure that the packing from your stuffing box hasn’t dried out yet and that the rubber bellows for your engine are inspected closely. Items with a finite life should be replaced if there is wear and tear on them.