Summer is almost here! Before you head back out into the water, here are some important safety tips to keep in mind…
Part 7: Batteries & Fluids
Check your batteries
The colder weather and lack of use can be the Achilles heel of any battery system, causing it to lose its charge. Test your batteries before heading out on the water. Also make sure to check connections and engine wiring for issues that could cause a fire hazard.
Check your engine fluids & fuel systems
Many people will look at changing their engine and gear oil before docking their boat for the colder winter months, where as others will choose to do this in the spring. Regardless of engine hours, most manufacturers will recommend changing oils once a year, or after every 100 hours of use. This applies to both engine oil and gear case oil. Make sure to warm the motor before changing oils to remove any contaminants or sludge that may have accumulated. It will also make it easier to drain.
Don’t forget to check the fuel system too. Inspect fuel lines, including vent and fill hoses, for any indications of brittleness, cracking or softness. If you suspect damage, replace them before heading out on the water. Make sure that hoses are clamped according to the field type, and pay attention to the fuel-line fittings, which can be another source of potentially dangerous leaks. Check for stains or smells under or around the fitting that would indicate a leak.
Check oil and diesel filters for leaks, all of the pipework especially the joints and valves for leaks. If you keep petrol aboard for your generator make sure to store it away in a locker.
Keep tuned for more in our series of safety tips to get you back in the water.
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