Before you Boat


Before you Boat 3

The dog days of summer are here, and if you’re anything like us here at Alpine Insurance and Financial then you are itching to get into the water! But if you are a boat owner, then there are a few things that you need to check out before hitting the lake:

Engine

Check for any loose wires or parts. It also a good idea to check on your out-drive to see if it is in need of any maintenance, as well as the gas and oil filters. Top off cooling fluid as needed to prevent overheating.

Battery

Use a battery tester to check the amps, and if it is a battery that needs water, fill it to the indicated level (distilled water only). Remember, if you need to charge your battery, do so only in a well-ventilated area, as charging batteries vent off hydrogen gas.

Belts

The belts will also need to be checked. Typically when a belt is loose, it is also worn. To determine if a belt is worn, you simply need to push down on it. There should only be minimal give, too much and the belt will need to be replaced.

Cooling System

Bad things happen when your boat gets overheated, so be sure to check on and top off the anti-freeze.

Fuel Tanks

Check that the fuel filter does not need to be replaced, and also check that the lines are not cracked. (Most fuel lines crack when there are extreme temperature fluctuations.)

Life Jackets

Make sure that the life jackets on your boat are fully functional. That means you need to be n the lookout for signs of wear and tear. Are they old and faded? It may be time to replace them. Be sure to have child-size life jackets on hand if you are planning to bring the kids out with you!

Source – Insurance Business: Share this boating checklist before your clients cast off

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