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Boat Maintenance

By May 20, 2019April 9th, 2020Abbott Insurance

Boat Maintenance

If you have a boat, you know that there are a number of things you must do every season to maintain it.  If you are new to boats, we have a helpful list of things that you can do to sustain the functionality of your boat.

Fuel System

Inspect the fuel system for leaks or damage.  Pay close attention to hoses, connections and tank surfaces.

Make sure that the engine, exhaust and ventilation systems are functioning properly.

Be sure to fill your tank with the appropriate fuel.  Fuel containing more than 10% ethanol can damage your engine.

Electrical System

Inspect all electrical connections for potential corrosion.  Clean and replace as needed.

Charge your battery and have it tested.

Check all lights.  Replace if necessary.

Check all marine electronics to make sure they are working correctly.

Engine Systems

Replace all engine fluids, oil filters, and engine fuel filters.

Inspect and clean spark plugs.  Replace per maintenance schedule.

Remove the propellers and check lower-unit seal.

Inspect the water pump. Replace if necessary.

Propellers & Hulls

Inspect for damage (pitting, cracks, distortion).

Verify propeller is properly secured.

Inspect the hull for Blisters, cracks & distortions.

Clean the outside of your boat.

Make sure the drain plug is securely in place before every launch.

Safety Gear

Check all life jackets to make sure they are in good condition.

Make sure all fire extinguishers are the correct class for your vessel.

Make sure extinguishers are fully charged.

Have carbon monoxide detectors installed in all enclosed/semi-enclosed areas.

Ground Tackle

Have at least 2 anchors on board.

Be sure the anchor is stowed for quick accessibility.

Have chafing gear at chocks for extended stays or storm conditions.

Be sure the anchors and rodes are adequate for your boat and bottom conditions.

Now that you know what you need to do to maintain your boat, be sure to insure it properly.  Contact us today, we can help you find the right coverage.