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So you’ve purchased a new boat and are eager to test it out on the water. Congratulations! You’re in for the time of your life. Boating is a wonderful experience and will allow you to relax and get away from your busy life for a while. But owning a boat isn’t just all roses. It comes with a lot of responsibilities as well.
If you want your boat to function well and your boating experience to be smooth, you need to be prepared. At Forster’s Yacht Services, we believe that if you perform these essential checks before you set off to sail, you’ll avoid a host of problems.
Get a Visual Inspection Done
The first thing you need to do is inspect your boat thoroughly. You should do this every time you set out to sail and every time you’re back from the trip. If the boat is out of the water, check the hull for any signs of cracks and damage. If you see any holes or punctures, get them repaired immediately. The longer you let these problems linger, the more difficult and expensive yacht repair will be. Even a small hole in the hull can ruin your trip and quickly become dangerous.
Make sure that you have all the safety gear stacked on board and know all the precautions you need to take before you set sail. If you’re operating the boat, it’s your responsibility to ensure that there’s enough life jackets for all the people present on the boat. You should also make sure that there’s an adequate lifeboat present on the boat.
You should consult a professional on all the safety equipment that needs to be present on the boat. You should also ensure that all of your radar and communications equipment are working well. If you don’t do this, you might put your safety and the safety of everyone on the boat at risk.
Watch Out for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
This is a very serious risk that you need to consider before you take off on your boat. You should check all the exhaust outlets to ensure that they’re working properly. You should also make sure that all enclosures on the boat are well ventilated. If you’re aware of the areas that pose a risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, you’ll be able to avoid it. You can prevent accidents by making sure that an expert examines the state of the outlets during the boat detailing process.
Clean The Boat
It doesn’t matter is your boat is old or new, cleaning is a very important part of its maintenance. You need to give it a thorough rinse and soaping at least once a month to keep it in a good condition. You can do it yourself or hire a professional.
If you have any questions and suggestions, or want to hire our yacht services, just give us at Foster’s Yacht Services a call at 954 524 9098. You can get in touch with us by filling in this Contact Us form. You can also email us at inf[email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.