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Get Your Boat Ready For The Water With These Tips

MotorboatDe-winterizing Your Boat

Now that the warm spring temperatures are here, it is the perfect time to pull your boat out of storage and head out on the water. To ensure that you are ready for your first boat trip of the year, keep this spring check list in mind.

  • Check your fuel system for any damage or leaks, and pay attention for fuel connections, hoses, and the surfaces of the tank. Damaged fuel hoses will be brittle, soft, or show signs of cracking. If you find any issues, make sure to replace all the damaged components.
  • Make sure that the exhaust, engine, and ventilation systems are all working properly. Repair any problems before you head out on the water so that you do not get stranded. When you fill your boat up with gas, only use gas that has over 10 percent ethanol.
  • Check that all of your cables, hoses, and belts are in good condition and not cracking. All belts should fit tightly around pulleys so that they do not slip off when you start your boat.
  • Inspect all electrical connections to ensure that they are clean, tight, and corrosion free. Corroded electrical connections can be a serious safety hazard.
  • If you took the batter out for winter storage, test it before you replace it. If your battery is old, it may be time to invest in a new one.
  • Look for distortions, cracks, or blisters in the deck and hull of your boat. If you find any major cracks, get them fixed before you put your boat in the water.
  • Check the first aid kit and emergency kit to ensure that you have all the proper safety gear.

Most importantly, look over your boat insurance policy to ensure that you have the right amount of coverage for any peril you may run into on the water. Contact Agers Insurance Services in Oakley, California for all of your Northern California boat insurance needs.