5 Steps to Prepare for Spring Sailing Season

With the warm weather approaching, sailing season is right around the corner. Use these preseason tips to prepare your boat for safe spring sailing.

1. Onboard Safety Equipment

First things first: Complete a thorough check and inventory of your onboard safety equipment, taking specific care with dated items that require annual inspections or replacement:

  • First aid kits
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flares
  • Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and any other emergency beacons
  • Harnesses and other physical restraints
  • Life rafts

More: Safety Guidelines Every Boater Should Know

2. Mechanical and Electrical Systems

Thoroughly check and service the following systems:

  • Engine and fuel tanks
  • Drive system and prop/prop seal
  • Batteries and enclosure
  • Navigation lights and other systems
  • Navigation and communications equipment

More: Why Your Boat Needs a Composting Head

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