As the weather warms, you’re likely considering getting your boat on the water. But before you head out, you or a certified marine technician might need to do some essential maintenance to prepare your boat for the summer months ahead, especially if you’ve winterized your watercraft.
Tips for Getting Your Boat Ready
Your safety and the safety of your passengers and other boaters are essential. Consider the following guidelines for preparing your boat for a safe, fun-filled summer:
- Get a tune-up. Improve your fuel economy and help prevent equipment breakdowns by ensuring your engine is in good condition before you hit the water.
- Check your impellers. Look for signs of wear or cracking on your rotors. Replace them if necessary.
- Check your propeller. Ensure that there are no missing parts, surface damage, bent blades or fishing lines wrapped around the shaft that can cause damage to the seal. If there is any damage, fix it before using the boat.
- Inspect your bilge pump. Help avoid switch failures and pump damage by checking your bilge circuit, pump and automatic switch.
- Check your oil levels. Ensure there is the proper amount of oil in your fuel or oil tank. Be sure to check the lower-end oil levels and the power trim. If the oil hasn’t been changed for the year, change the oil.
- Pack life jackets. Ensure you have enough properly-fitting life jackets for all your passengers that are in good condition and approved by the U.S. Coach Guard. Half of all boating deaths in New York could’ve been prevented if victims had been wearing a life jacket, according to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
- Ensure you have the required safety equipment. Depending on your boat class, you may be required to carry certain boating items, such as a fire extinguisher, a backfire flame arrestor or a visual distress signal. Consult the New York State Vessel Equipment Guide for a complete list and examples of other recommended equipment.
- Get boat insurance. Boat insurance can help pay for damage to your boat from covered perils. It can also provide coverage for liability claims if you’re held legally liable for causing third-party property damage or bodily injury.
If you own a boat in Long Island, contact Lupton & Luce at 631-727-4114. to learn more about our boat insurance coverage and to get an insurance quote.
This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information.