One of the main concerns of anyone involved in boating is the maintenance of their valuable craft during the off-season. Ensuring the safety of these expensive and safe boats can mean substantial savings in boat dealers' insurance, not to mention the repair costs.
There is a wide range of boat information, including a variety of boat maintenance, safety and avoidance loss information, from hurricane preparations to theft prevention tips. Listed below are some safety tips for yachts and boats docked during the winter months.
Keep a ship during laying
- Anchors are a target for winter thieves. Make sure to remove all valuables from any boat, including electronics, tools, binoculars, fishing gears and small outboard motors and move them home or store them safely to the beach.
- Make regular inspection visits to the ship to ensure that the waterways are dry, the sewage pipes are clear, the mooring lines are safe and not chasing, and the batteries are charged. Spread the emergency phone numbers in one of the boat windows facing the dock. If you are away for a long time, arrange for a friend or neighbor to check the boat.
- Close all the roosters. If left open, a short period of freezing weather can cause the hose or strainer to split to break, and the boat will sink when the weather warms. In fresh water, where intoxicants may be a problem, cover or block exhaust structures.
- Ensure that some bilge pumps and float switches are in good condition and keep the batteries charged. Remember, though, the pumps don't sink the boats. Sink boats leak. Check all hoses, valves, outdrive blows, stuffing boxes, strainers and hulls, and make sure everything is in ship shape.
- Install smoke detector and high water alarm. If there is a problem on board, a neighbor or an anchorage employee may hear the alarm.
- When using heaters on board, consider using non-thermal "hot sticks" or "air dryers", which are safer, use less electricity, and help fight mildew by keeping the air moving. Leave the interior cabinets open to provide more air circulation.
- The buildup of leaves, ice, or snow can block the cockpit drainage, and the weight of snow or rain water collected in the cockpit can force the stern of the ship, allowing water to enter through the holes normally above the waterline. Check all structures close to the waterline. If any of them are plastic, they can develop cracks that allow water if it gets submerged.
- Remove sails, including roller-coated cylinder heads, to prevent them from being damaged during the winter storm. Also, make sure that each outer fabric is well secured.
By following these simple guidelines it can help maintain ships and ensure that time is ready for the high seas when the time comes.