SPRING COM­MIS­SION­ING

“It’s the most won­der­ful time of the year!” Time to get the boat ready for the sea­son — there is no bet­ter time of year on a boater’s cal­en­dar. To help en­sure a trou­ble-free launch, let’s see how ready you are.

Boating - - MAKING WAVES -

Your spring trailer check-over and main­te­nance should in­clude:

A. Check­ing tires for dry rot, flat spots and ir­reg­u­larly worn tread B. Check­ing wheel bear­ings and/ or chang­ing wheel-bear­ing grease C. Mak­ing sure the boat fits the trailer prop­erly D. Check­ing for worn and/or dam­aged bunks, rollers and sup­ports E. A, B and D F. All of the above

A typ­i­cal spring en­gine check-over should in­clude:

A. Check­ing fuel lines for soft­ness, crack­ing, brit­tle­ness, and in­ner-wall sep­a­ra­tion from al­co­hol-ex­tended fu­els Check­ing belts for proper ten­sion Check­ing all wa­ter hoses for de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and crack­ing None of the above; this should have been done dur­ing fall layup All of the above; these are all good

If, when check­ing through-hull fit­tings, you find cracked and miss­ing sealant and/or bro­ken fit­tings, you should:

A. Re­place any fit­ting that is sus­pect and bed with new sealant Have a pro­fes­sional check and re­place any and all fit­tings that are sus­pect Re­move any sus­pect fit­ting, rebed with proper sealant and tighten se­curely A or B

When check­ing anti-cor­ro­sion de­vices, you should:

A. Re­place any anode that has de­te­ri­o­rated to less than half its orig­i­nal size B. Paint an­odes that have de­te­ri­o­rated to pre­serve them In­spect pro­pel­lers, gear cases and re­lated ma­te­rial (rud­ders, shafts, etc.) for signs of cor­ro­sion B and C A and C

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