Let's Get Our Boats Ready For The New Season!
Spring is finally here and the boating season is
about to begin! If you are thinking about taking your vessel for out for the
first time this year after the winter, then it’s time to de-winterise your
vessel (if you winterised it back at the beginning of Winter, which you really should have if you were leaving it empty!). Before you get going, you need to get your boat ready first.
Those of you that did winterise your narrow boat, will hopefully face fewer problems than
those who didn’t bother to take the time and the advice we gave out last year.
our simple 5 step guide:
the winter you would have left the taps open, drained down and turned
off the water system. Now is the time to turn off the taps and switch on the
water pump. Once the water pump is back on, turn on each tap to let the water
run through it. Start with the tap closest to the pump this will help push out
any air locks. Check for leaks at each stage.
Drain the tank and then refill it before you use the water.
check the engine and surrounding pipework for any obvious leaks or frost damage.
Check the oil and coolant levels in the engine. Change the gearbox oil.
on all electrical appliances and close all opened doors. Ensure the supplies on board are functioning correctly before use.
Check the stern gland and grease as
necessary. Check the weed hatch rubber seal, for debris round the prop and make
sure that the prop nut/split pin is secure.
all your soft furnishings and other items that you removed over the winter to stop them getting damp.
Now you are ready to go exploring and enjoy the wonderful countryside. Happy cruising!