Spring commissioning checklist
Has warmer weather got you itching to hit the water? Make sure your boat is shipshape before you head out. Here’s a spring commissioning checklist to get you started.
- Locate, inspect and inventory all safety gear, including life jackets, flares, signal horn, etc.
- Check fluid levels in the engine and top off as needed.
- Test batteries, check connections and charge as needed.
- Check belt tension and adjust to within ½ inch of deflection.
- Inspect through-hulls and valves.
- Inspect the raw water impeller, gaskets and seals.
- Check hose clamp connections and hose condition. Replace old or damaged hoses.
- Examine exhaust risers and elbows.
- Check fuel lines, connections and the fuel tank.
- Inspect lifelines, deck stanchions and fittings.
- Check ground tackle, anchor and rode.
- Test your VHF radio, GPS, Digital Selective Calling Radio, Automatic Identification System, EPIRB and other safety electronics.
- Verify and update all information on your MMSI registration.
Most importantly, get your vessel safety check. It’s an important safeguard to a safe day on the water. United States Power Squadrons has certified vessel examiners who will inspect your vessel for free. Request a Vessel Safety Check today. –John Schwab
Originally published in Scuttlebutt, newsletter of North Strand Sail & Power Squadron/26.