Let’s get the boat looking its best before summer


Seeing that we are right in the middle of spring, and summer is smiling just around the corner, let’s look at the check-lists you need to follow to get your boat ready for the high season and some good old fashioned fun.


• Attend to the fibreglass and gel coat repairs
• Wash and polish the boat
• Repair and paint with bottom paint where needed
• Check zincs and replace where necessary
• Tighten all loose screws particularly on grab rails
• Check electrical circuitry
• Clean fuel tanks
• Check lifesaving equipment is in order
• Check biminis, canvas tops, curtains and canvas cushions
• Inspect the fenders and dock lines for damage
• Check all drain plugs
• Store the owner’s manual in a waterproof jacket in a safe place
• Check the keys to the boat.


• Do a tune up before high season
• Check the oil and replace it where necessary
• Check transmission
• Take the boat for a test run
• Check spark and compression
• Check carburetor
• Clean the battery terminals and cables connectors
• Ensure a battery clamp or securing strap is in place
• Change spark plugs
• Check thermostats
• Check pressure relief valve
• Secondary fuel fi lter
• Replace the water separator
• Clean and lube starter motor
• Bleed the oil injection system
• Check water pump
• Inspect the prop shaft seals
• Repair prop if balancing is needed
• Check gear lube washers
• Give the motor a good clean.


• Clean dash gauges and check they are working
• Check fuel gauges
• Check the water pump
• Check controls and steering
• Inspect the bilge pump to ensure correct operation
• Check the power trim
• Secure any loose clamps and hoses
• Check that all drive belts are tensioned correctly
• Check all through-hull fittings
• Ensure the battery is correctly installed and charged
• Check all lights
• Check the wipers and clean wiper blades thoroughly
• Check the compass
• Check that the fire extinguisher is correctly installed and in service
• Do radio checks.

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