15 Questions to Ask Before Launching Your Boat
May 15, 2018
Ask yourself these important questions before launching!
- Boat Keys
Can you find them?
- Bilge Plug
Did you install before launching? Do you have a spare onboard?
- Fishing License
Did you buy one (for fresh and salt water)?
- Air Horn
Does it still work?
- Running Lights
Are they functioning properly and do you have spare bulbs?
- Boat & Trailer Registration
Are they up to date and stickers applied to hull and tags?
- Kill Switch Lanyard
Do you have one onboard?
- Through-Hulls & Hose Clamps
Are through-hulls in good shape; are hose clamps rust-free and functioning?
- Outboard Mounting Bolts
Are they secure?
Are they within the listed expiration date (and what did you do with the old ones)?
- Personal Location Beacon
Does the battery need to be replaced (can it be 5 years already!)?
Can you transmit and receive?
- Bilge Pump
Does it work….automatically?
Do you have spare PFDs onboard for unexpected guests or if you forget them at the house?
- Tow Insurance
Got it? You’ll probably regret it if you don’t.