Spring into the Boating Season - Use This Pre-Launch Checklist 


After winter's cold temperatures, heavy snows and high winds, boats need special care this spring. Time spent with this checklist today - can save time and money later!

OUT OF THE WATER:

Outdrives and outboards:

Engines and fuel systems:

Sailboat rigging:

IN THE WATER:

Trailers:

Miscellaneous:

      

Boat Pre-Season Checklist

GENERAL:

Do a general cleaning of hull, deck and topsides using a mild detergent

Make sure drains and scuppers are clear

Put on a good coat of wax

Clean and polish metal with a good metal polish

Clean teak and oil

Clean windows and hatches

Clean canvas, bimini and dodger

Clean interior including bilges

Check spare parts and tools and replace as necessary

Make sure registration is current and onboard

Check and replace wiper blades if necessary

HULL

Check for hull abrasions, scratches, gouges, etc. and repair

Check and replace zincs

Check for blisters and refinish is necessary

Check rub rails

Check swim platform and/or ladder

Inspect and test trim tabs

Check shaft, cutlass bearing, strut and prop

Check rudder and fittings

Touch up or replace antifouling paint

DECK, FITTINGS, SAFETY EQUIPMENT:

Check stanchion, pulpits and lifelines for integrity

Check ground tackle, lines, fenders, etc.

Check chainplates and cleats

Check hull/deck joint

Check deck, windows, and port lights for leaks

Inspect anchor windlass and lubricate

Clean and grease winches

Check and lubricate blocks, pad eyes, etc.

Check dinghy, and life raft

BELOW DECKS:

Check, test and lubricate seacocks

Check condition of hoses and clamps

Make sure below waterline hoses are double clamped

Check bilges pumps for automatic and manual operation

Check for oil in bilges

Check limber holes and make sure they are clear of debris


ELECTRICAL SYSTEM AND COMPONENTS:

Check battery water level

Check/recharge batteries

Check terminals for corrosion, clean and lubricate

Check bonding system

Inspect all wiring for wear and chafe

Test all gauges for operability

Check shore power and charger

Check for spare fuses

Check all lighting fixtures (including navigation lights) and make sure you have spare bulbs

Check all electronics for proper operation

Inspect antennas


REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT:

Sound signaling device

Check distress signals and expiration date

Check Pfds

Inspect life rings and cushions

Check fire extinguishers and recharge if necessary

Check and adjust compass

Check navigation lights

Check charts and replace as necessary

Check radar reflector

Check and replace first aid supplies

Check bailer and hand pump

INBOARD ENGINE(S):

Change oil & filters - have spare onboard

Check and change fuel filters - have spares onboard

Check and change engine zincs

Check cooling system change coolant as necessary - have extra onboard

Record engine maintenance log, especially date & hours of last oil changes

Check belts for tension

Check transmission fluid

Check and clean backfire flame arrestor

Check impeller

Check and clean water strainer

Check bilge blower


HEAD SYSTEM:


Checked for smooth operation - lubricate and clean as necessary

If equipped with treatment system, have chemicals on hand

Y-valve operation checked, valve labeled & secured


WATER SYSTEM:

Flush water tank

Check water system and pump for leaks and proper operation

Check hot water tank working on both AC and engines

Check for tank cap keys on board

Check and clean shower sump pump screens


GALLEY:

Fill propane tank, check electric & manual valves, check

storage box vent to make sure it is clear

Check refrigerator, clean and freshen, operate on AC and DC

Clean stove, check that all burners and oven are working

Check microwave, if fitted


OUTBOARD MOTOR:

Replace spark plugs

Check plug wires for wear

Check prop for nicks and bends

Change/fill gear lube

Inspect fuel lines, primer bulb and tank for leaks

Lubricate and spray moveable parts

Change out the water pump impeller after 3 years


TRAILER:

Check for current registration

Check rollers and pads

Check and lubricate wheel bearings

Clean and lubricate winch

Lubricate tongue jack and wheel

Test lights and electrical connections

Check tire pressure and condition

Check brakes (if equipped)

Check safety chains

Check tongue lock

 
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