10 Tips for recommissioning your boat in spring time

Putting you boat back in the water without carrying out a number of simple checks can lead to major problems resulting in common insurance claims. If not doing this yourself ensure that these are undertaken by a qualified engineer.

  1. Inspect, lubricate and close all seacocks and check all hoses and pipework.
  2. De-winterize your engine, flush the cooling system, replace engine oil and filter, check belts, check batteries, fuel lines and joints.
  3. Check the hull for blisters, cracks and any oxidation. Repair, rewax and antifoul the hull.
  4. Ensure that all hull and deck fittings are in good working order and free from corrosion. Clean and grease them.
  5. Inspect any rigging, wire halyards and fixing bolts for rust. Also repair any canvas damage.
  6. Check and test all navigational equipment is in operation and replace if necessary.
  7. Clean the interior including vinyl, metal and all woodwork and also thoroughly clean the galley area.
  8. Carefully check all safety equipment including lifejackets and the expiry dates on all fire extinguishers and distress flares and replace as necessary.
  9. Trailer – check the tyres for sidewall cracks, wear and pressure and that you have a serviceable spare tyre.
  10. Update your paperwork – do you have a manufacturers manual, registration documents, up to date charts? And don’t forget the insurance!