March 29, 2021| Safety
By: Larry Orlans
To make sure that your boating season is a lot of fun and is not interrupted by an unfortunate and potentially expensive breakdown, it is important that the proper steps are taken before launching it.
If your boat is serviced by a marina, be sure to request that it be fully inspected and that any necessary procedures be performed before you use it for the first time.
If you service it yourself, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, especially those for the engine. Use the proper tools and oils, fluids, etc., which are recommended in the owners’ manual.
The following is a series of checks that should be performed, not all of which may apply to your vessel, and be sure to check your owners’ manual for some which might not be listed here.
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Larry Orlans is a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Instructor and Auxiliary Operations Officer for Flotilla 15-10.