You’re ready for the cruising season….but is your boat?

Make sure your boat is ready for an island visit by reviewing a basic checklist of safety and maintenance tips.

With the Bahamas cruising season in full swing, is your vessel ready for all of the fun and adventure? To ensure an enjoyable and safe cruise visiting your favorite islands, Whiticar Boat Works recommends you review this basic checklist of safety and maintenance tips.

Safety Equipment – Ensure there are enough life jackets on board for all passengers and make certain they will have the correct size life jacket for their body weight. All fire systems & extinguishers should be the correct class for your vessel, and be recently inspected and properly stored. Ensure your life raft has been inspected and serviced, and verify the accuracy of your compass.

Fluid Systems – Check your fluid levels and inspect the engine room for fluid leaks. A small leak can quickly become a big leak, so be sure to include these items on your cruising checklist: coolant, drive lubricants, engine oil & filter, generator oil & filter, transmission oil and steering fluid.

Electrical Systems – When inspecting electrical connections, be on the lookout for corrosion – a sign that a connection may be unsafe. Routine checks of your battery are important to verify they will hold a charge. An appointment with a qualified technician to inspect your AC & DC electrical systems is the first step in preventative maintenance.

Jim Dragseth is President of Whiticar Boat Works, a family-owned business headquartered in Stuart, FL since 1947. With a convenient location just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, Whiticar Marine North can handle all repair and maintenance needs at its Harbortown Marina location in Fort Pierce. For more information, contact Whiticar Boat Works at 772-287-2883 or email