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Sunshine and the promise of warmer weather turn our thoughts to long, balmy days on the water messing about in boats.
In time for peak boating season, Integrity’s Engineering Manager, Shane Stuart (pictured above, middle) shares his top tips for preparing your boat for time back on the water, particularly after winter.
- Start with checking the accessories and appendages most susceptible to the weather and UV, such as wiper blades, and window rubber, hatch seals, door seals. The deterioration of rubber and other surfaces will depend on the age of your boat, where it’s stored, under what conditions and your preventative maintenance.
- Check all your liquids, such as coolants and oils, toilets and discharge, bilge pumps, drains.
- Check your steering system for leaks, feeling the fittings for any oil. Check that the tierod end is tight and that it swivels on the bolt.
- Fire up the systems and check them – including batteries, alternators, invertors, chargers, gensets and refrigeration.
- Anchor, chains, swivels and attachments, davits, bbqs and gas bottles.
- Life rafts, jackets, flares, fire extinguishers check the dates, batteries in torches and safety kits. Make sure your smoke and CO detectors are in good working order.
- Freshen up your sun shades, biminis and deck furnishings if they’ve been exposed to UV and faded.
If you are worried about anything, get in touch with Integrity.