Spring is upon us. You’re probably looking forward to a rapid improvement in the local weather. This will probably create an uptick in your desire to go outdoors. As a boat owner, your vessel will likely play a large role in your own recreation in the coming months.
You might have kept your boat in storage or dry dock over the last few months. Even Florida slows down during the winter, so you might not have had use for the vessel for a while. But now that summer is approaching, it might be time to pull it out. Still, when you take your boat out for the new season, you’re likely going to have to get it ready.
Preparing Your Boat for a New Season
When you store your boat, it can sustain wear and tear and standard neglect that might arise from misuse. This is not uncommon, even for the best-protected boats. However, you shouldn’t neglect normal wear and tear. It might result in damages not covered by your boat insurance.
When you take your boat out of storage, take the time to inspect, replenish and protect the vessel before you put it on the water.
- Review your boat insurance policy. You might need to renew, increase or adjust your coverage based on how you plan to use the boat. If you reduced your coverage during the storage period, make sure to reinstate full coverage on your vessel before sailing.
- Inspect the boat for any signs of deterioration or malfunction. Pay particular attention to the boat’s hull, navigation equipment, rudder, steering and control surfaces.
- Have a boat mechanic service the vessel. You might need to change the oil in the engine, clean the gas tanks and repair certain equipment damage.
- Clean and sanitize the vessel to wipe away grime buildup.
- Test and inspect moorings, sails, anchor, radar, radio and other critical systems.
- Re-stock the boat with safety equipment. Test first-aid supplies, food stocks and sanitary devices for spoilage or expiration.
- Test all of your boat’s lifesaving devices. These might include alarms, firefighting materials, life jackets, buoys, rafts. Dispose of or repair malfunctioning materials. Do not sail without carrying appropriate safety materials. Always require passengers to adhere to all safety requirements.
The better attention that you pay to your vessel, the safer you can make it when you hit the water. A commitment to safety and security on your craft might help you avoid harmful incidents or boating accidents. For more information on insurance for your vessel, contact one of our agents today at (888) 537-1412