With the warmer months now upon us, thousands of boaters are taking to their nearby waterways for some fun. While boating is one of the most enjoyable recreational activities it can also be dangerous. Not only should you follow the tips highlighted below, but you should also have – and may be required to carry – boat insurance on your vessel. The pros at Epic Insurance in Lees Summit, MO are more than happy to provide you with a no-obligation quote that will offer you an abundance of peace of mind.
Detail Your Boat
Not only will washing your boat make it stand out in a crowd and look the best but also it will help prevent the buildup of salt and other water debris that can wreak havoc to your boat’s exterior and the outboard engine. Depending on how frequently you take your boat on the water, it may need to be washed as frequently as once per month. Otherwise, always aim to wash your boat at the beginning and end of every boating season to ensure it goes into storage clean and safe.
Check the Propeller
If your boat has an outboard motor be sure to examine the propeller as part of your predeparture routine. Start by using a deep socket wrench to ensure that the propeller nut is secure. Additionally, while you don’t have to do this before every trip, it is recommended to routinely remove the propeller to make sure that the fishing line has not wrapped around the shaft which could cause a heart-wrenching accident. Lastly, always give the propeller a once over with your eyes to visually inspect for damage and disrepair.
.Check Your Oil
Your vehicle is not the only thing that needs to have its oil changed. Always check the fluids in your boat before hitting the water. If the oil is very dark or the engine is at the manufacturer’s recommended service oil, then it’s time to change it.