With the weather warming up, boat owners are excited to get back on the water. However, before you head out, it’s important to run through a basic maintenance checklist to make sure it’s in good shape. Here’s a guide to what you should do before launching.
A Boat Checklist for Spring
1. Is Your Boat Registered?
New York requires you to register your motorized boat before taking it on the water. You need to renew the registration every three years. Failing to do so can result in a fine, so check the paperwork. If you can’t find the old forms, contact the DMV as they process the registrations.
2. When Was the Last Time Your Boat Was Inspected?
Have your boat inspected at least once a year, ideally in early springtime. If the gas was not properly winterized, it could accrue a lot of moisture, causing harmful corrosion to form in the engine. The mechanic will look for rust in the engine and the electrical system. Other tasks include removing debris from the hull, assessing the ball valves, and removing grime on items like the turning blocks.
3. Do You Have the Proper Safety Equipment?
Boat items can get lost in the winter while it’s being packed up, so check if you have a sound-producing device, visual distress signal, and first aid kit. Never get in the water without these. The state has a handy guide that specifies what types of items you need. For instance, if you have a Class A boat, you’ll need one B-1 fire extinguisher. All types of crafts require USCG-approved PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices).
If your boat needs a tuneup this spring, contact McMillan Marine in Monroe County, NY. In business for over 25 years, they offer high-quality boats for sale and useful accessories. They also have mechanics who can ensure your craft is in good shape. To make an appointment, call (585) 288-2180. Learn more about the company by visiting their website.