Updated 04/23/2011 07:48 AM
Discover Better Boating: Preparing your boat for the season
Welcome to Discover Better Boating, a new series that we hope will provide NY boaters with helpful information to better enjoy your boating season. On behalf of New York Sea Grant, the Boating Industries Association, and YNN, let's talk about preparing your boat. Joining us is Wayne Carroll at Brewerton Boatyard.
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A boater first has to decide if they will do the work themselves or use a marine mechanic, if a boater chooses to use a mechanic what are some things they should look for?
A: First thing he wants to do is go to a dealer or a mechanic that is familiar with the engine that he has on his boat whether it be Mercrusier or Volvo Penta there's a lot of dealers out there that just do boats.
Great advice, but if a boater likes to prepare their boat themselves, lets first focus on the electric system.
A: You want to make sure the battery is in good condition by that I mean have it load tested, the age of the battery is going to be a factor as well, the older the battery the less life it's going to have. Also, when you install it you want to clean the terminals and seal them.
Q: How about hoses?
A: You want to make sure there's no cracking, make sure there's no leaking and also make sure the clamps are tight," said Carroll.
For more information on getting the boat ready visit Discoverbetterboating.com or click here for a printable checklist.
Be sure to join us next month when we discuss the required and recommended safety equipment on board for a safe and enjoyable day on the water.