Getting ready for the summer season
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 at 9:10am

Ready for summer cruising.

Boating Equipment


Checked items to include: 1KG hammer, mooring pins and ropes (with spares). Also, consider purchasing  a couple of  lightweight spare windlasses. There may not be a chandlery nearby to buy replacements. Torches are a must as the tow path can be very dark on the way back to the boat from the pub.

You may also wish to consider having life jackets on board for guest who may feel uncomfortable on the waterways.

A fully stocked first-aid kit, augmented for accidents and pain,

Handy to have at least one umbrella is handy.


Check your rudder bearing and Swan Neck Bolt and you're rudder's overall health.  Also make sure that your steering system is in good shape if your vessel is equipped with a wheel steering. Lubricate the stern glan and tighten the wire cables, rope, chain, or gears and familiarize yourself with how they work and how you'll fix them if they break.

Check your engine, and all the levels (coolant, LPG gas and oils) you need to keep an eye on should also be easily accessible. Possibly consider having your engine and gear box serviced before the summer cruising season starts. Test the condition of your starter and domestic batteries. Check the alternator output and charging systems. Charging your electronics is absolutely key. Make sure you have spare drive belts for your water pump and alternator(s).

Don't forget to check the operation of the central heating system and the 12V/240V inverter.

Pack Carefully

For personal gear everyone should have these essentials: A good set of breathable foul weather gear, a warm mid layer, as you may end up cold, wet, and miserable, you won't be able to enjoy the cruise. Everyone may also have a good pair of waterproof gloves for line handling, and for cold weather. A warm hat, a sunshade hat, a good pair of shoes, a good pair of sneakers, and plenty of sunscreen.


Other considerations

Clean and repair dangerous places which can be slippy walkways including the roof of the vessel. A full spare gas bottle, BWB key. Check the needles are in the green of all fire extinguishers, and you have spare electrical fuses.


BSS Cert /Insurance/CRT Licence, in date???

Happy cruising from all the team at Venetian Marina.

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