- June 21, 2016
- By Marcelo Hernandez
Summer is here, and we can’t wait to get our boats out on the water! But before we uncover them and prepare to cool off with the ocean breeze, it is important to complete a semi-annual checklist to ensure that all of your operating systems are in excellent working condition. This will ensure the safety of you and all of your passengers as you voyage out into the ocean blue!
1) Fuel System
- • Is the system properly grounded at the filter, tank, deck, pump, etc?
- • Is the fuel tank free from rush or contamination?
- • No leaks from tank, hose, or fittings
- • Hoses are U.S.C.G. approved and free of cracking or stiffness with adequate slack to account for vibration.
- • Is the tank secured?
- • Check the fuel shut-off valve on the tank and at the engine.
- • Make sure that the engine compartment and engine is clean and free of oily rags or any flammable materials.
- • Do you have a blower switch at a remote location?
- • Is your fuel system protected from siphoning?
- • TIP: Look before you pump! Don’t fill your tank with fuel that contains more than 10% ethanol (E10), as it will damage your engine!
2) Electrical System
- • Wiring approved for marine applications
- • Is the system neatly bundled and secured?
- • Is it protected against chafing and strain?
- • Is there adequate flex between the bulkhead and engine connections?
- • Is the exhaust system and bilge clear?
- • Is the system protected by circuit breakers or fuses?
- • Grounds to Zincs if required?
- • Wire terminals and connections sealed to prevent corrosion?
3) Bilge Pumps
- • Will pump(s) adequately remove water in emergency?
- • Do you have a manual backup?
- • Are bilges clean and free to circulate (clear limber holes)?
- • Do you check bilges frequently and not rely on automatic pumps?
4) Corrosion Prevention
- • Through-hulls, props, shafts, bearings, rudder fittings, and exposed fastenings free of destructive corrosion.
- • Zincs are adequate to provide protection.
- • Through-hulls are properly bonded.
- • Inspect the steering cables, engine control linkage and cables, engine mounts and gear case for corrosion.
- • These items are properly lubricated or painted to prevent undue corrosion.
- • Strainers, intakes and exhaust or discharge fittings are free from restrictions such as barnacles, marine growth or debris.
- • Inspect sea valves for smooth operation.
- • Handles are attached to valves for quick closure.
- • Hoses are in good condition and free from cracking.
- • Double hose-clamps below the waterline.
- • Anti-siphon valve fitted to marine toilet.
- • Through-hull plugs are near fittings or attached to hose in case of emergency.
If this seems like reading a foreign language, you are not alone! Our team of professionals is ready to fully inspect your vessel and make sure that you are ready for summer. Call us at (305) 324-2090 today to schedule your appointment!