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Boat Maintenance Checklist

With warm weather comes a wealth of opportunities for enjoying the sun, wind and water on your boat. However, you don’t want to forget that routine San Diego boat maintenance is a must if you want to keep your vessel afloat all year long. Regular checks, inspections, clean-ups, battery care and proper storage can make all the difference when it comes to the longevity of your yacht or boat. That said, it is important to take care of a few checklist items before you embark on your next boating adventure:

√       Inspect your boat from top to bottom. A quick once-over could go a long way toward preventing any problems that could otherwise arise while you’re out on the water. 

√       Check your bilge pump and make sure that your bilge blower is running for at least one minute prior to firing the engine. 

√       Make sure the hand pump on your fuel tank doesn’t have any cracks.

√       Ensure that all your light, throttle and steering controls are operating properly.

√       Check for any leaks including in the carburetor, fuel line and fuel tank.

√       Check your engine compartment to ensure that there are no oil leaks.

√       Tighten any necessary hose connections and hose clamps.

√       Check your engine battery to be sure it’s fully charged.

√       Make sure all safety equipment is properly stocked and stored, including fire extinguishers, a first aid kit, emergency flares, life jackets and rafts if necessary.

√       Check your propeller to make sure no fishing line or trash is wrapped around the shaft. You should also look for any signs of damage like dents.

Once you have confirmed that everything on your San Diego boat is in solid working condition, you can hit the open seas with peace of mind knowing you’re aboard a sturdy vessel. However, if you noticed some damage that needs to be inspected, it’s worth getting your boat fixed by professional boat repair in San Diego at Ballast Point Yachts, Inc.

Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. is your San Diego boat repair and maintenance specialist.  We are also one of San Diego’s leading yacht brokerage for nearly two decades. Whether you need to sell a boat, buy a boat or fix a boat, we have a team of used boat specialists who can help answer any of your questions. Call Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. to discuss your boating needs today: 619-222-3620 ext. 1.