Reminder to boat owners and everyone else, Daylight Savings Time is upon us, and as you prepare to “spring forward” this weekend, don’t forget it is also a great time to start getting your motor yacht or other boat ready for spring!
I realize that for those of us that have their boats docked here in Marina Bay, or other parts of SOFLA, boating season pretty much never ends, however not every yacht owner is so lucky!
In many other parts of the country, such as New England, your yachts have probably been tucked away, safely dry-docked, or under cover, waiting to emerge like a butterfly come spring boating season.
But before you rev-up those engines and head out to the Cape, or wherever, here are a few things you need to be beforehand!
To help ensure a smooth, safe start to your spring boating season, you should have a certified technician or mechanic perform the recommended maintenance on your vessel. 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 check list for your tender or any motorized water toys on board such as Jet Skis. Also, beside all of these physical checks and maintenance issues to be attended to, make sure your registrations, insurance, and any other necessary “paperwork,” is all up to date and in order before heading out on your first voyage of the season.
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.