Boating is a fun activity to do with your family and friends, it is a popular pastime that many people enjoy. It is also a great way to have fun on the water, and you get to see some of the most beautiful views in the world. It is essential that you are well-informed so that you know all of the safety precautions to take when operating your boat. For instance, before starting a boat’s engine, you need to ensure all of the safety equipment is ready and on hand.
1. Check the engine oil
You should check your engine oil regularly and keep it filled to the right level. You don’t need to check the engine oil right after your car is running. Wait until the engine is cool and then remove the dipstick. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth and reinsert it. Pull it out again, and compare the oil level with the marks on the stick or on the filler opening. Add more oil to raise the reading if necessary.
2. Check the fuel
This is crucial to do. If you don’t, you can run out of gas and be stranded. Or worse, the boat might explode. Also, you could harm the environment by polluting the water.
3. Check the electrical system
Boat owners who spent their formative years sailing without engines frequently have apprehension about performing maintenance on either inboard or outboard engines. This anxiety tends to increase when the topic of maintaining an engine’s electrical system is brought up.
As with everything related to boating, it is beneficial for a boat owner to understand the fundamentals of all the systems found on a boat, including the electrical system of their engine, in order to avoid experiencing a problem at sea that could have been avoided by routine maintenance or even solved by a competent skipper without needing to call for help. This is especially helpful when locating and fixing an issue that might be as easy to remedy as a loose wire connection and only requires some time and patience.
A marine engine’s basic electrical system typically consists of an engine starting battery, a starter motor, an alternator that serves as a charger, a solenoid, and a few engine sensors and instruments. These few parts, along with the wiring that links them all together, must be kept in good working order for the engine to continue to run properly. This system is independent from the rest of the boat’s electrical system and has its own batteries and wiring.
4. Check the Sea water intake filter
The majority of water intakes feature a transparent lid so you can make sure there isn’t any debris or seaweed within that could clog the filter.
5. Check the lifejackets
Your life jacket will lose buoyancy (and its ability to save lives) over time. Every time, make sure the cartridge is placed correctly and the equipment is in working condition by checking the inflator’s status. Every two months, check for leaks; to check for leaks, inflate the life jacket orally and let it sit overnight. It should be changed if it leaks.
6. Check the navigation instruments
In open sea maritime navigation, it’s crucial for the ship’s officer to be aware of the vessel’s precise position, speed, and direction to make sure it gets there as quickly, safely, and economically as the circumstances will allow.
7. Check the equipment stowed and secured
Make sure everything is secured because the last thing you want in the engine room and steering compartment when the boat begins to move in a seaway is any loose equipment or tools wandering around.