Look Before You Launch – Boat Safety Tips

Before launching your boat for the first time this summer, be sure it’s ready to ride the waves. Here are 5 tips to make sure your boat is water-ready.

Pre-Launch Tip 1: Check battery fluid and fill with distilled water if low. A battery that froze over the winter will not hold a charge.

Pre-Launch Tip 2: Battery terminals should be burnished and cable ends must be in good condition.

Pre-Launch Tip 3: Bilge pumps, fume detectors, safety equipment and DC systems should be checked. Power plants should be put into service.

Pre-Launch Tip 4: Check fuel supply lines, pumps and filters for leaks. After the engines are started, check for fuel and coolant leaks.

Pre-Launch Tip 5: Allow the engine to reach operating temperature before putting it in gear.

We hope these tips will help you to have a safe and fun out on the water!

These tips have been brought to you by our friends at Foremost Insurance Group.

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