- When was the last time you closely inspected the hull below the waterline? Any major stress cracks or blisters should be attended to before launching.
- Does the prop show dings or other signs of wear? If so, this can lead to vibration over the course of the season that can damage the entire boat. Get the prop repaired or replace it if necessary.
- Replace zincs! Insurance claims citing electrolysis due to deteriorated zincs are surprisingly common and can be avoided easily.
- Check hoses, clamps, and joints for leaks and wear. Are any cracks evident in a hose? Do clamps show signs of rust? If so, they should be replaced. Look around the hoses and connections as well to see if any sharp edges nearby could damage them.
- Don’t neglect your boat’s safety equipment. Are there an adequate number of easily accessible fire extinguishers aboard? Do any need replacement?
- Test the the bilge pump and float switch to make sure they are functioning properly.
- Inspect your flares to see if they have expired and replace them as needed.
- Last but most important, check that all the life jackets on your boat are in good serviceable condition, and replace any that are worn out. Make sure you have enough properly fitting life jackets on your boat for yourself, your family, and any friends you may take out on the water this summer.
Taking just a half-day of preventative maintenance before spring launch can help identify a number of potential problems before they occur.
If you have additional questions about your coverage or for a free quote, call Sea Insure today at 877-568-1672 or visit www.seainsure.com!