Mallory TeleflexMorse Seloc NGK Champion Ken Cook Co Solas Westland Tie Down Innovative Lighting Marinco AFI Guest Perko Moeller Nauticus Attwood 4 by 4 CRC MaryKate Taylor Made Seasense Turning Point Michigan Wheel Stiletto QL Taco EnduraCover MotorGuide Wise Seating KeelGuard Kwik Tec Norcold Briggs & Stratton Zodiac Silver Marine Red Star ProMariner Print Coupons Mallory Print Coupons All Teleflex Hydraulic steering Mechanical steering Instruments Controls Wheels Cables Print Coupons Seloc manuals Outboard Chrysler Evinrude Johnson Force Honda Mercury Mariner Nissan Tohatsu Suzuki Yamaha Sterndrive and inboard Mercruiser OMC Volvo penta Yanmar Shop now Champion spark plugs NGK spark plugs Print Coupons Engine Manuals Ken Cook Johnson manuals Ken Cook Evinrude manuals Ken Cook OMC sterndrive manuals Ken Cook OMC inboard manuals Engine Manuals Aluminum Props Print Coupons Biminis Boat Covers Print Coupons Guides Absorb impact Rollers Tire protection Hub kit Wheel bearing Fluke anchors Print Coupons LED lights AFI AFI AFI AFI AFI Marinco Guest AFI Print Coupons Perko Boat Hardware Deck Plates Vents Handles Fill caps Cleats Much more Shop Boat Hardware Perko electrical Navigation lights Boat lights Battery switches Switch panels Shop Electrical Navigation lights Searchlights Cabinet Locks Deck Fishing Underwater Battery switches Shop all Perko Print Coupons Fuel tanks Trim tabs Print Coupons Inflatable boat sale $25 coupon $50 coupon Inflatable boat sale Redstar inflatable Silver Marine inflatable Zodiac 310s Zodiac Futura Print Coupons Briggs & Stratton Print Coupons Bilge Aerator LED lights Transom savers Rod holders Print Coupons Boat maintenance Boat covers Print Coupons AnchorShade Decorative life rings TaylorMade life rings Print Coupons Taylor Made docking All dock products Dock edging Spot protection Dock boxes Mooring whips Dock steps Dock floats Print Coupons Blowout props Bravo III props Seasense boat lights Print Coupons All TACO Rub rails Rub rail kit Rod holders Leaning posts Print Coupons EnduraCover MotorGuide Print Coupons Wise boat seats Print Coupons Fenders T-bag Throw rope Jumper cables Dock lines Hook & paddle KeelGuard Print Coupons Refrigerators ProMariner Print Coupons Life jackets Print Coupons
The iboats.com Review
Shop our most popular categories Boat Covers Engine Parts Props Maintenance Blowout Specials

In This Issue

Front Page

From NBOA – Prepare your boat for Summer Ask The Experts – Caution when using Ethanol Spring Savings Event! Whatís New at iboats.com Red Sky at Night with JB Cornwell Nautical Humor Stupid Human Boating Tricks You Wonít Believe Your Eyes Featured Products and Specials


NBOA [Click Here]

Teleflex [Click Here]

Nauticus [Click Here]


From NBOA | How to Prepare your Boat for the Summer Season
Sponsored Content | NBOA Marine Insurance ( www.nboat.com )

The days are getting longer, the weather is at least a little nicer, and it wonít be long until itís time to get your boat ready to launch. NBOA Marine Insurance is pleased to offer you some important tips to help you prepare your boat for a safe, enjoyable cruising season.

  • Before the launch, be sure the bottom paint and zincs are in good condition. Inspect all the fittings below the waterline and repair or replace any through-hulls that need attention. Check any plastic fittings above the waterline, since they can be damaged by sunlight, and pay close attention to the fittings in the bootstripe. Be sure all transducers are clean and free of marine growth, all intakes are clean, and bottom paint is in good condition. Make certain props are straight, shaft bearings are in good shape, and check swim step supports, trim tabs, boarding ladders, rudders and thrusters. Outdrive fluid should be clean and free of water, and the bellows at the transom deserves a close look. A failed bellows can sink a boat, so replace it if it isnít perfect! Be sure exhaust ports are clear and in good shape.
  • When youíre finished outside the boat, go inside and check seacocks, strainers, vented loops, hoses and hose clamps. Look at stuffing boxes, exhaust hoses and mufflers. Be sure muffler drain plugs are in place. Replace cooling system zincs and drive belts if needed. Run the steering gear from hard left to hard right to be sure itís working fine. Battery water levels should be full, and connections should be clean and tight. Does the hull have a drain plug? Be sure itís in place!
  • Be present at launching so you can go below and check for leaks as soon as the boat is in the water. If a sailboatís mast was removed for storage, it will be stepped when the boat is afloat. Inspect the spar, standing rigging and wiring beforehand, and secure the turnbuckles with cotter pins after the rig is tuned. Before starting any engines, be sure that the seawater intake sea cocks are open. Keep an eye on the gauges, watching for abnormal engine temperature or oil pressure, as you move the boat to her mooring.
  • Once the boat is on her mooring or in her slip, walk the decks and check the anchor gear, lifelines, mooring lines and life rings. If the boatís on a mooring buoy, pay close attention to the mooring bridle. Set up the canvas, close all the windows and hatches, and give the boat a good washing. Then go below and check for leaks, and make a note of any you find so they can be repaired before the next storage season.
  • If you connect to shore power, be sure both ends of the cord, and the receptacles on the boat and the dock, are in perfect condition. Replace any fittings that have any sign of heat damage. Once the boat is plugged in, be sure the battery charger is working.
  • The next step is to warm up the engines and generators for the spring oil change. While theyíre warming up, check battery voltage to be sure alternators are working. If the boat is fairly new, or if youíve had any motor mounts replaced, check engine alignment before the first cruise.
  • Youíll then want to drain and flush the domestic water system, and fill the water tanks. Turn on the pump and check the system for leaks. Open the valve on the propane tank, turn on the solenoid valve and light a burner on the stove. Then turn off the burner, leave the solenoid valve open, and close the valve on the tank. Note the reading on the pressure gauge, wait 10 minutes, and read the gauge again. If the reading has changed, use soapy water to find the leak and repair it before using the stove.
  • Reviewing safety items is critical and you can begin by checking the lifejackets, flares and first aid kit. Be sure the horn, running lights, anchor light and searchlight work properly. Check the fire extinguishers and change the batteries in the smoke and CO detectors. Make certain the boatís registration or documentation is current, and that all the required papers are on board. Start a ďpunch listĒ of things that will need attention before the end of the season.

This article is courtesy of the National Boat Owners Association. NBOA marine insurance is committed to keeping you, your family, and your boat safe. If you have any questions regarding marine insurance, or if you would like more information on boating safety, please visit www.nboat.com or call one of our agents directly at 1-800-248-3512.


Send Us Feedback Email to a Friend Back to Front Page
Disclaimer for iboats.com Review Articles:
The information and articles provided in this newsletter and/or in any publications provided by iboats.com are for general purposes only and intended to help you make better janisions about your boat and boating equipment. Such information is not intended to substitute for instructions from the manufacturer, dealer or marina about your specific boat or boating equipment and iboats specifically disclaims any liability for damage to your boat or equipment arising from your following suggestions in this newsletter. For more details about your equipment or application, we suggest you contact the manufacturer of your boat or other equipment.

Copyright Notice:
All materials contained on the iboats.com site and on this Review publication are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed (except for use of the iboats.com "Email to a Friend"), transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of iboats.com or in the case of third party materials, the owner of that content. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.

Photo Credits:
Header images by Tom King Photography.