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Keeping Your Boat Shipshape

If you’re a boater, there’s nothing better than a day on Lake Lanier or Lake Hartwell. We know your boat is a significant investment of time and money. Routine maintenance can extend the life of your boat and reduce the need for costly repairs.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember what to look for. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Wash your boat regularly. Periodically wax your boat and apply anti-fouling paint to reduce environmental wear and tear.
  • Make sure mooring lines are securely fastened in place, neatly coiled with no signs of breakage or wear to prevent damage that occurs while boats are docked.
  • Be sure your battery is properly charged and clean, and that fluid levels are suitable. Routinely inspect the hull for blistering, cracking or distortions.
  • Check through-hull fittings for brittleness or cracking and replace them as necessary.
  • Check fuel systems for leaks as well as hoses and belts for brittleness, cracks, holes, connections and fit.
  • Check your electrical systems and wiring; apply water-repellant, non-conductive grease or corrosion inhibitor.
  • Flush engines after each outing and check your fuel tanks, clamps and fuel lines for rust, damage or corrosion.
  • Check the bilge pump frequently to be sure it is functioning properly.
  • Inspect the condition of life jackets and ensure fire extinguishers are properly charged.
  • Take advantage of safety inspections offered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons in your area.

Remember that part of your boat maintenance checklist is to take time to review your boat insurance coverage with our office. Reach out to us at (770) 339-0447 or send us your questions to: email [at] cowartinsurance [dot] com