Whatever Floats Your Boat
Have there been times when you have set out from the dock and suddenly realized some problem exists with your boat? By keeping a pre-launch checklist, you may alleviate some annoying problems when it comes to boating! Remember that this type of list is essential for most types of boating craft, even kayaks and rigid inflatable boats. Check your PFD's to make sure they are in good usable condition with no oil stains, mildew, rips or missing parts, etc.Keep your boat registration and documentation in a resealable plastic bag and store them in a safe place.
Always be prepared for a fire and ensure that your fire extinguisher is fully charged and mounted where you can grab it as soon as you absolutely need it. Also, are all of your dock lines in good shape and have you enough of them for every situation? This checklist is not the be-all and end-all of checklists. Power boats and sailboats each need their own list due to obvious differences.Are you well prepared for an emergency situation? Make sure you have at least three red flares that have not expired.
Make sure your running lights and your sound-making device (horn) are all in working condition. Also, are the anchor itself and the lines in good seaworthy shape? Turn your steering wheel all the way over and back several times to make sure the out drive and rider are responding to the wheel. Check all of your battery connections and water hoses to ensure they are sound and secure. Power boats are no fun when a hose springs a leak in the middle of a lake!.
Be sure to check your engine oil level and all fuel lines for any leaks, and of course, make sure there is enough fuel in your tank as well. Is the drain plug in and secure? Of course, if you have a dinghy zodiac there might be several. You would be amazed at what can happen when these are missing or loose! Remember that running the blower to rid your engine of toxic fumes is of utmost importance. After you run your blower for a while, start the engine and check the oil and temperature gauges. After the engine is warm, check them again.
And finally, ensure that your boat's shifting system works well by performing the following task. With your boat tied to the dock and the engine at idle speed, put the boat in forward gear and then in reverse to be sure it is working properly. Now, all that is left is, bon voyage!..By Terry Price - Remember to visit- http://www.inflatable-boats-kayak-supplies.
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