FROM THE BoatU.S. INSURANCE FILES BY BETH LEONARD
YOUR SPRING FITTING-OUT CHECKLIST
It’s almost time for summer fun! Working your way through this checklist will help
make sure your boat’s ready to go when you are
If necessary, reinstall batteries. Top up
lead acid batteries with distilled water.
Fully charge batteries. Clean, tighten
electrical connections, especially terminals of battery cables. Coat battery terminals with insulating film of grease, or
apply protective battery terminal spray.
Open and close seacocks; handles
should move freely. Hoses should be
double-clamped with stainless-steel hose
clamps. Replace any that look rusted.
Inspect the raw-water intake strainer to
be sure it has not cracked, and is clean
and free of corrosion. Make sure the
strainer’s top fits snugly.
Check running lights. Clean/tighten
connections or replace bulbs to assure
that all are operating properly.
Check VHF and GPS antenna connections by disconnecting and
spraying with moisture-displacing
lubricant, then reconnect and test.
Look for indications of leaking at
trim cylinders and hoses as well as at
hydraulic steering pumps and rams.
Replace the O-ring or gasket if leaking.
Make sure the stuffing box or shaft seal
is completely dry when the boat is at
Inspect portlights, hatches, and deck
fittings for dirty or displaced caulking,
water trails, dirt, and green corrosion,
any of which signals a leak that needs
to be recaulked.
Test bilge pump and high-water
switches and alarms.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide
alarms, LPG and gasoline fume detector.
Check flares (expiration date) and fire
extinguishers (charge), and replace/
recharge as necessary.
Check and service safety gear such
as life jackets, and MOB gear.
Inspect props for dinging, pitting, and
distortion. Make sure cotter pins are
secure. Grip the prop and try moving
the shaft — if it’s loose, the cutlass
bearing may need to be replaced.
Replace plastic fittings near the
waterline with bronze or Marelon.
YOU MAY NEED…
■ Caulk (see “How To Pick The Right
Sealant” on page 80)
■ Air filter
■ Fuel filter
■ Power steering fluid
■ Transmission fluid
■ Hydraulic fluid
■ Distilled water
■ Stainless-steel hose clamps