3 Simple Steps You Can Take For Your Boat
In many aspects, boating safety begins long before your boat ever touches water. Additionally, boating safety is also about habits. By developing and practicing good maintenance habits, you can reduce the likelihood of a dangerous accident while also prolonging the lifespan (and protecting the value) of your boat. Here are 3 simple steps that all boat owners should practice.
#1 Wash your boat
This step is so simple, yet extremely important–especially for people who use their boats in saltwater environments. All boats should be washed off with fresh water each and every time they are taken out of the water in order to prevent problems such as salt-related corrosion and the ever-persistent zebra mussel.
#2 Check the Propeller
Propeller maintenance is important for a number of reasons. Not only can fishing line or other materials become tangled up against the propeller–an issue which, though easily unnoticed, actually requires professional attention–propellers are also prone to chips and dents. Propeller issues can lead to higher fuel consumption and lower overall performance. The best way to check your propeller for issues? Several times per boating season, use a deep well socket to remove the propeller and examine it closely.
#3 Cover the upholstery when not in use
Let’s set the record straight on this one: boating upholstery is meant to be resistant to the water exposure it receives through regular use. That being said, excessive water exposure can damage boat upholstery in the same way that it would damage your leather sofa if you left it out in the sun and the rain all of the time. Save yourself hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in upholstery wear and tear by covering your seats when the boat is not in use!
Check out the Beacon-Watch blog for more information on all aspects of boating safety.