10. Give the bilge a good scrub with a
disinfectant cleaner. On a hot summer day, you’ll be glad you did.
ENGINE OUTDRIVES AND
1. Inspect rubber outdrive bellows for
cracks, or other damage.
2. Check power steering and power
trim oil levels.
3. Replace all anodes with fresh
zincs or magnesium anodes for
4. Check the control cables for cracks
ENGINE AND FUEL SYSTEMS
1. Inspect fuel lines, including vent
hoses for softness, brittleness or
2. Inspect fuel tanks, fuel pumps and
filters for leaks. Make sure the
clamps are tight and in good
3. Clean or replace fuel filters.
4. Clean and tighten electrical connections, especially both ends of the
heavy battery cables.
5. Check battery water levels.
6. Check the bilge blower and blower
hose. The lightweight hose is easily
damaged by chafe, etc.
1. Inspect tires for wear. Check air
pressure and don’t forget the spare.
And check wheel lug nuts to be
sure they are properly tightened.
Loosing a wheel while towing can
ruin your day!
2. Also make sure bearings are greased.
3. Make sure lights are working.
4. Check the frame for rust, cracks or
5. Check brakes and brake fluid level.
1. Check the expiration dates on your
flares (they should not have been
stored aboard as condensation can
2. Check the expiration dates on your
3. Inspect the dock and anchor lines
4. Check shore power cables and connections; any sign of heat damage
means they should be replaced.
5. Make sure the boat’s license and registration are up to date and be sure
the inspection sticker is up to date.
6. Check lifejackets for excessive wear,
broken straps, etc.