Boating Tips for Smooth Sailing This Summer

Prepping to take your boat out on the water for a season full of smooth sailing? Before you make for the dock, Erie Insurance provides four tips to make sure your boat is ready for summer.

Inspect the boat. Hoses and other rubber parts may be affected by dry rot. Also, take a look at all the metal surfaces and electrical areas for corrosion.

Check the fluid levels. Just like a car, your boat needs several fluids to run smoothly. Make sure your oil, power steering, power trim, coolant and gear oil are all at satisfactory levels before you head out.

Test the battery. If your battery is more than four years old, it’s probably time for a replacement. Sailors for the Sea recommend charging and checking for connection corrosion at the beginning of the season.  

Pack your safety gear. Make sure your boat has all the appropriate safety equipment on board. This includes life jackets, fire extinguishers, visual distress signals, a bailer, an anchor, a first aid kit, a flashlight and a bell or whistle. You should also make sure to bring a fully charged cellphone with you whenever you head out.

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