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Power Boat Spring Preparation Checklist: Go2marine is proud to help you get ready! My general rule of thumb is to plan on spending 10 hours to do everything (for a vessel under 30’), then add 5 more hours for complex systems. You will spend 15 hours readying your 30’ vessel for use over the next season. For a 40’, double the time (30 hours), for a 50’ double the time, again (60 hours).

I also advocate doing those ‘one time’ jobs you have put off for so long, like labeling all the diesel engine bleed locations and hanging a wrench near one to make it easy to do! 

This is a quick, check list (you may copy and paste; then print it out – or just print everything). I kept the text to a minimum and this will print out to six pages. – on the trailer or tied to a dock. This list covers POWER large and small power boats 

POWER VESSELS, including trailer

GENERAL: getting the boat ready to inspect

Go2marine helps you get ready

  • Do a general cleaning of hull, deck and topsides using a mild , environmental safe detergent
  • Make sure drains and scuppers are clear
  • Put on a good coat of wax in all hull topsides
  • Clean and polish metal with a good metal polish
  • Clean teak (and other wood) and oil to reseal
  • Clean windows and hatches, clean screens
  • Clean canvas, bimini and dodger (use same soap)
  • Clean interior including bilges
  • Check spare parts and tools and replace as necessary
  • Make sure registration is current and onboard
  • Check and replace wiper blades if necessary

HULL: outside inspection

Marine Maintenance & Hardware Supplies

  • Check for hull abrasions, scratches, gouges, etc. and repair
  • Check and replace zincs
  • Check for blisters and refinish is necessary
  • Check rub rails, has anything come loose?
  • Check swim platform and/or ladder
  • Inspect and test trim tabs
  • Check shaft, cutlass bearing, strut and prop
  • Lubricate stuffing boxes, shaft and rudder logs
  • Check rudder and fittings
  • Touch up or replace antifouling paint, boot strip paint

DECK, FITTINGS, SAFETY EQUIPMENT:

Deck, Cockpit & Hull

  • Check stanchion, pulpits and lifelines for integrity
  • Check ground tackle, anchor, rode and backup anchor / rode, etc.
  • Check lines, fenders, etc.
  • Check cleats and deck fittings
  • Check hull/deck joint
  • Check deck, windows, and port lights for leaks
  • Inspect anchor windlass and lubricate
  • Check dinghy, and life raft

BELOW DECKS: if it is in the back of a locker, or hidden below floorboards – check it now!

Plumbing Fittings and Valves

  • Check, test and lubricate seacocks
  • Check all thruhull fittings
  • Check condition of hoses and clamps
  • Make sure below waterline hoses are double clamped
  • Check bilges pumps for automatic and manual operation
  • Check for oil in bilges
  • Check limber holes and make sure they are clear of debris

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM AND COMPONENTS:

Marine Electrical Equipment and Supplies

  • Check battery water level – the single most often ignored task
  • Check/recharge batteries
  • Check terminals for corrosion, clean and lubricate
  • Check bonding system
  • Inspect all wiring for wear and chafe
  • Test all gauges for operability
  • Check shore power and charger
  • Check for spare fuses or breakers
  • Check all lighting fixtures (including navigation lights) and make sure you have spare bulbs
  • Check all electronics for proper operation
  • Inspect antennas

REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT:

Safety & Flotation

  • Sound signaling device – spare air can for air horn
  • Check distress signals and expiration date
  • Check PFDs (lifejackets)
  • Inspect life rings and cushions
  • Check fire extinguishers certification and recharge if necessary
  • Check and adjust compass
  • Check navigation lights
  • Check charts and replace as necessary
  • Check radar reflector
  • Check and replace first aid supplies
  • Check bailer and hand pump

INBOARD ENGINE(S):

Browse Inboard Engine Parts

  • Change oil & filters – have spare oil & filters onboard
  • Check and change fuel filters – have spares onboard
  • Check and change engine zincs
  • Check cooling system change coolant as necessary – have extra onboard
  • Record engine maintenance log, especially date & hours of last oil changes
  • Check belts for tension – carry spare(s)
  • Check transmission fluid
  • Check and clean backfire flame arrestor
  • Check impeller
  • Check and clean water strainer
  • Check bilge blower
  • Adjust valves, general service engine

OUTBOARD MOTOR:

Browse Outboard Engine Parts

  • Replace spark plugs
  • Check plug wires for wear
  • Check prop for nicks and bends
  • Change/fill gear lube
  • Inspect fuel lines, primer bulb and tank for leaks
  • Lubricate and spray moveable parts

HEAD SYSTEM:

Toilets & Sanitary Systems

  • Checked for smooth operation – lubricate and clean as necessary
  • If equipped with treatment system, have chemicals on hand
  • Y-valve operation checked, valve labeled & secured

WATER SYSTEM:

Freshwater Systems

  • Flush water tank
  • Shock the drinking water tank. Spa shock breaks down in a few days and then can be flushed out
  • Replace water filters
  • Check water system and pump for leaks and proper operation
  • Check hot water tank working on both AC and engines
  • Check for tank cap keys on board
  • Check and clean shower sump pump screens

GALLEY:

Galley

  • Fill propane (fuel) tank, check electric & manual valves, check storage box vent to make sure it is clear
  • Check refrigerator, clean and freshen, operate on AC and DC
  • Clean stove, check that all burners and oven are working
  • Check microwave, other appliances, if fitted

TRAILER:

Trailering Parts & Accessories

  • Check for current registration
  • Check rollers and pads
  • Check and lubricate wheel bearings
  • Clean and lubricate winch
  • Lubricate tongue jack and wheel
  • Test lights and electrical connections
  • Check tire pressure and condition
  • Check brakes (if equipped)
  • Check safety chains
  • Check tongue lock

Sailboat Spring Preparation Checklist: Go2marine is proud to help you get ready! My general rule of thumb is to plan on spending 10 hours to do everything (for a vessel under 30’), then add 5 more hours for complex systems. You will spend 15 hours readying your 30’ vessel for use over the next season. For a 40’, double the time (30 hours), for a 50’ double the time, again (60 hours).

I also advocate doing those ‘one time’ jobs you have put off for so long, like opening and repacking your sails and labeling all the sailing bags! 

This is a quick, check list (you may copy and paste; then print it out – or just print everything). I kept the text to a minimum and this will print out to six pages. I cannot emphasize how useful it is to look everything over, at the start of the year – on the trailer or tied to a dock. This list covers Sailing vessels, large and small sailboats 

SAILING VESSELS, including trailer

GENERAL: getting the boat ready to inspect

Go2marine helps you get ready

  • Do a general cleaning of hull, deck and topsides using a mild , environmental safe detergent
  • Make sure drains and scuppers are clear
  • Put on a good coat of wax in all hull topsides
  • Clean and polish metal with a good metal polish
  • Clean teak (and other wood) and oil to reseal
  • Clean windows and hatches, clean screens
  • Clean canvas, bimini and dodger (use same soap)
  • Clean sail covers
  • Clean interior including bilges
  • Check spare parts and tools and replace as necessary
  • Make sure registration is current and onboard
  • Check and replace wiper blades if necessary

HULL:

Marine Maintenance & Hardware Supplies

  • Check for hull abrasions, scratches, gouges, etc. and repair
  • Check and replace zincs
  • Check for blisters and refinish is necessary
  • Check rub rails, has anything come loose?
  • Check swim platform and/or ladder
  • Check shaft, cutlass bearing, strut and prop
  • Check rudder and fittings
  • Touch up or replace antifouling paint

DECK, FITTINGS, SAFETY EQUIPMENT:

Deck, Cockpit & Hull

  • Check stanchion, pulpits and lifelines for integrity
  • Check ground tackle, anchor, rode and backup anchor / rode, etc
  • Check lines, fenders, etc.
  • Check chainplates, cleats and other deck fittings
  • Check hull/deck joint
  • Check deck, windows, and port lights for leaks
  • Inspect anchor windlass and lubricate
  • Clean and grease winches
  • Check and lubricate blocks, pad eyes, etc.
  • Check dinghy, and life raft

BELOW DECKS:

Plumbing Fittings and Valves

  • Check, test and lubricate seacocks
  • Check all thruhull fittings
  • Check condition of hoses and clamps
  • Make sure below waterline hoses are double clamped
  • Check bilges pumps for automatic and manual operation
  • Check for oil in bilges
  • Check limber holes and make sure they are clear of debris

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM AND COMPONENTS:

Marine Electrical Equipment and Supplies

  • Check battery water level – the single most often ignored task
  • Check/recharge batteries
  • Check terminals for corrosion, clean and lubricate
  • Check bonding system
  • Inspect all wiring for wear and chafe
  • Test all gauges for operability
  • Check shore power and charger
  • Check for spare fuses or breakers
  • Check all lighting fixtures (including navigation lights) and make sure you have spare bulbs
  • Check all electronics for proper operation
  • Inspect antennas

REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT:

Safety & Flotation

  • Sound signaling device – spare air can for air horn
  • Check distress signals and expiration date
  • Check PFDs (lifejackets)
  • Inspect life rings and cushions
  • Check fire extinguishers certification and recharge if necessary
  • Check and adjust compass
  • Check navigation lights
  • Check charts and replace as necessary
  • Check radar reflector
  • Check and replace first aid supplies
  • Check bailer and hand pump

INBOARD ENGINE(S):

Browse Inboard Engine Parts

  • Change oil & filters – have spare oil & filters onboard
  • Check and change fuel filters – have spares onboard
  • Check and change engine zincs
  • Check cooling system change coolant as necessary – have extra onboard
  • Record engine maintenance log, especially date & hours of last oil changes
  • Check belts for tension – carry spare(s)
  • Check transmission fluid
  • Check and clean backfire flame arrestor
  • Check impeller
  • Check and clean water strainer
  • Check bilge blower
  • Adjust valves, general service engine

OUTBOARD MOTOR:

Browse Outboard Engine Parts

  • Replace spark plugs
  • Check plug wires for wear
  • Check prop for nicks and bends
  • Change/fill gear lube
  • Inspect fuel lines, primer bulb and tank for leaks
  • Lubricate and spray moveable parts

HEAD SYSTEM:

Toilets & Sanitary Systems

  • Checked for smooth operation – lubricate and clean as necessary
  • If equipped with treatment system, have chemicals on hand
  • Y-valve operation checked, valve labeled & secured

WATER SYSTEM:

Freshwater Systems

  • Flush water tank
  • Shock the drinking water tank. Spa shock breaks down in a few days and then can be flushed out
  • Check water system and pump for leaks and proper operation
  • Check hot water tank working on both AC and engines
  • Check for tank cap keys on board
  • Check and clean shower sump pump screens

GALLEY:

Galley

  • Fill propane tank, check electric & manual valves, check storage box vent to make sure it is clear
  • Check refrigerator, clean and freshen, operate on AC and DC
  • Clean stove, check that all burners and oven are working
  • Check microwave, if fitted

TRAILER:

Trailering Parts & Accessories

  • Check for current registration
  • Check rollers and pads
  • Check and lubricate wheel bearings
  • Clean and lubricate winch
  • Lubricate tongue jack and wheel
  • Test lights and electrical connections
  • Check tire pressure and condition
  • Check brakes (if equipped)
  • Check safety chains
  • Check tongue lock

SAILS:

Sailing

  • Check general condition
  • Look for wear and chafing
  • Check battens and batten pockets
  • Check all sail attachments, including grommets, rings, and all reef-points
  • Inspect all of the stitching on the sail edges and all seams. Pay close attention to the leech of the headsail
  • Inspect bolt rope

MAST AND RIGGING:

Rigging Hardware

  • Check mast and spreaders for corrosion or damage
  • Inspect spreader boots and shrouds
  • Inspect rivets and screw connections for corrosion
  • Check reefing points and reefing gear
  • Clean and lube sail track
  • Check rigging, turnbuckles and clevis pins for wear and corrosion
  • Inspect stays for fraying and “fish hooks”
  • Check forestay and backstay connections
  • Check masthead fitting and pulleys
  • Check and lubricate roller furling
  • Check halyards and consider replacing or swapping end for end
  • Tape turnbuckles, cotter pins, and spreaders

Sully StickTaylor Made Product’s Sully Stick, on sale through Jan. 31, 2008 for $59.99 (while supplies last) at Go2marine.com,  is a long tapered buoy that can be used to replace the standard round mooring buoy during the winter months. The shape of the Sully Stick prevents it from getting stuck in ice better than a round buoy and can extend the useful life of a mooring buoy by protecting it from ice damage. 

The Sully Stick buoy has a molded-in eyelet at the top for easy retrieval. The base eyelet is reinforced with a galvanized metal bushing to attach a rope and connect to the anchor chain.

 View more information about the Sully Stick at Go2marine.com.

AC / DC 31 DC Positions Panel w/ Main & 16 AC Positions, 4403, PaneltronicsWith over 500 marine electrical panels to choose from and with thousands of combinations available with customization, Go2marine can outfit your boat with just about any electrical distribution panel. Go2marine’s carries SeaDog, Blues Seas and Paneltronics electical panels. Choose from DC, AC and AC/DC breaker panels to the installation-ready breaker, switch and fused panels.

Ready to Run (RR) Series Marine Electrical Panels

Paneltronics electrical panels are available in AC, DC and AC/DC. These electrical panels are ready to install and usually ship within 24hrs. at order reciept.

All Paneltronics RR Series panels are loaded with features, including backlighting, led indicators, analog meters, mounted in a black panel. Constructed for the boat building industry, these electrical panels are ready-to-run.

Paneltronics Custom Marine Electrical Panels

Customizing your Paneltronics power panel is as easy as filling out your Custom Panel Options form. Breaker panels are assembled with meters, mains as well as varying breakers and numbers of positions.

All Paneltronics panels are supplied with labels for each position which you specify at time of order. Thousands of combinations, including panel colors and over 2800 labels are available. Panels may also be built to your exacting, individual specifications.

With winter underway, you may think it is a good time to service your boat’s engine. Sierra Marine, (part of Teleflex Marine) offers replacement parts for many marine engines including Mercruiser , Chris-Craft, OMC Sterndrive/Cobraand many more (see below for complete list of engines that Sierra supplies parts for). 

At Go2marine.com you can shop the Sierra Catalog (in the .pdf format) to quickly locate your part. Just click on the Sierra Part number from their catalog to find the part on our web site.

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If the Go2marine web site doesn’t currently list the part, don’t despair, give us a call a 1-800-998-9508 and we will most likely be able to order your part. Go2marine has boat enigne experts on call to answer any questions about replacing and or repairing boat engine parts.