In many parts of the country that are experiencing harsh winters such as New England, your yachts are probably already tucked away, safely dry-docked, or under cover, waiting to emerge like a butterfly come spring boating season.
For others, like those of us here in SOFLA, boating season is still in full swing! But either way, now is a good time to make sure your boat is prepared for 2017!
Whether your first voyage of the New Year is now, or months from now, here are a few things you need to be sure to do before heading out.
Whether you have that done by the pros, or you “do it yourself,” all yachtsman and other boat owners should be sure to:
- Inspect all of the safety equipment on board, including fire extinguishers, flares, personal flotation devices and first-aid kits, and repair, recharge and restock them as necessary.
- Check all lights on your boat, particularly navigation lights, to make sure they are in place and operating properly.
- Ensure that the engine is in good working condition, by turning it on and checking that the batteries are completely charged.
- Check for any electrical issues, such as loose wires, or corroded conductors or terminals.
- Inspect the fuel tank, and all fuel lines for leaks.
- Check the fuel filters to make sure no water is present.
- Fill your tank with the freshest, highest-quality fuel available.
- Change and check the oil level before starting the boat for the first time.
Run through the same checklist for your tender or any motorized water toys on board such as Jet Skis.
These are only some basic tips to ensure your safety and the safe operation of your boat prior to the season’s first voyage. Consult your vessels owner’s manual for any specific manufacturer’s recommendations on “cold-starting” your boat and her systems.
The Value of Preventive Maintenance
Preparing your yacht for the year ahead , is all part of a comprehensive plan of preventive maintenance. Any boat owner will tell you it is far less costly in time and money, to be proactive, and make every effort to prevent problems, than it is to repair them once they occur!
Preventive maintenance not only saves you on costly repairs, it extends the life of your yacht. Protecting your valuable asset during the winter, and all other proactive efforts also helps to maintain her value when it becomes time to sell. One way to ensure that your yacht is getting all the regular workouts and upkeep she needs all year round, is to sign up for our On Demand Yachting or Charter Income programs.
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.