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This is the time of year when most of us that wish to go boating can do so. So for all boaters, it is time to apply any and all the safety tips you have recently learned about.

Tips like checking all your thru-hull fittings and checking packing boxes around rudder and propeller shafts. Many shaft boxes are dripless while others drip slowly. The ones intended to drip need the closest attention. Vessels that stay afloat year-round should be periodically inspected below deck.

Thru-hull fittings can leak – it’s not unheard of for a thru-hull to actually dissolve in salt water or be damaged as a result of stray electricity. It’s wise to check fittings under the hull to see their condition.

Fuel lines may vibrate or rub loose causing a dangerous condition, especially if undetected. Loose or corroded wires should be examined and corrected. Rubber-hoses, connected to thru-hulls or pumps, should be closely inspected because some develop cuts around the clamps fitted to them.

Climb in the bilges – before it gets too hot below deck to do your inspections. After being assured all is well down below, you will be able to enjoy your time on the water.

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