“Maintenance Works” Get your boat ready for Spring issue

Written By:  cws-admin April 9, 2016 at 3:37 pm

By now you have had it with all of this winter weather. We all need a distraction. Well, guess what will be here sooner than you think? The 2012 Boating season! That’s right, the 2012 boating season is just around the corner… and it’s time to book your marina slip and Spring commission your boat! Remember, SI Yachts Marina & Service Center is your local boating one-stop-shop!

Here are a few Spring tips:

1. Bottom painting. Barnacle growth reduces speed and maneuverability and increases fuel consumption. There are many types of anti-fouling paints on the market. The type you choose depends on what type of boating you do and where you boat.

2. Sea water impellers are better when changed in the spring just prior to spring start up. So they will be fresh. Call today to have yours changed!

3. Fresh water system should be sanitized at the start of each season. To sanitize the system and kill bacteria do the following. Make sure the hot water heater is off. Empty system by turning on the pump and opening all the faucets (Hot and Cold) till empty, turn off pump. In a container with a gallon of fresh water mix 1/4 cup bleach. Add one of these gallons for every 15 gallons of tank capacity. Once filled run a quart of water out of each faucet including the hot water side,so that all the lines are filled with the solution. Let sit for three hours. No more than 24 hours. Next drain the entire water system through all the faucets(now is a good time to clean all the diffusion screens in the faucets so they will not get clogged with the stuff that is coming out.) Fill with fresh water only and drain it one more time. To remove excess chlorine taste or odor which might remain, prpeare a solution of one quart white vinegar to five gallons of water and allow this to remain overnight. Drain the system again and fill with fresh water.

4. It would be hard to overstate the importance of maintaining the zinc anodes on your boat. When a zinc is gone, the metal component it was installed to protect begins to dissolve. Where the zinc is mounted directly to the protected metal-bolted to the side of a metal rudder, for example-it is essential to make sure the surface under the zinc is bare and bright before the anode is installed. This is to ensure good electrical contact. Zincs are installed on the shafts,rudders,trim tabs,and swim platform lifts. Zinc anodes cannot perform their function unless they are exposed. Putting paint on a zinc smothers it, rendering it useless. Never coat zinc anodes with bottom paint.

5. Test your CO/smoke/fume detectors. Test all units onboard. Both types have buttons or switches for testing purposes.

6. EPIRBS. Check the expiration date on the side of the unit. If close to expiration date send out for battery replacement. If you do not have one consider purchasing one. Make sure to register it with the coast guard.

7. Flares. Check the expiration date. If it is within 90 days replace them. Dipose of them by giving them to your local fire department.

8. Liferaft/ditchbag. Check the inspection date. If inspection is due send it with the hydrostatic release to an authorized facility to be repacked.

9. PFDs. Make sure you have the correct number and size for the passengers you are likely to have on board. For inflatable PFDs determine that the CO2 cylinder is fully charged. Replace the water activated bobbin on each one. If your PFD has a strobe light make sure to replace the battery

10. Ground tackle. Check that the nylon rode is in good shape, thimbles are sound, and the shackle pins are tight and properly secured with stainless steel wire or UV resistant ty wrap.

11. Flashlights – replace the batteries. Tip: if you load them in backwards you can avoid draining them if the light is inadvertently turned on. When needed you can easily load them in the right way.

12. Check your navigation lights. Replace burned out bulbs. Clean up the contacts and lens.

13. Cleanup and fiberglass restoration. Give the topsides a good scrubbing. Clean all plastic and isinglass and apply a good polish. Clean your vinyl with a high quality cleaner and protectant. Clean fiberglass and apply a coat of marine wax.

14. Courtesy marine exam. Contact your local US coast gueard auxiliary or US power squadron. Inquire about a courtesy marine exam CME. A certified inspector can check your vessel and make recommendations for any safety upgrades. This service is free and a current CME sticker displayed on your boat can sometimes help avoid Coast Guard or local law enforcement patrol stops to check your gear.

As always, SI Yachts is here to help! We want your Spring commission to be an enjoyable and seamless transition into the boating season. Contact us today to schedule your Spring commission 718.984.7676; you’ll be glad you did!

Our marina still has slips available and we are offering group discounts! As part of our ongoing efforts to show you, our customer, how much we appreciate your business, look at what our slip program offers:

  • Significant reduction in 2011 slip rental fees verse 2010
  • Lower fuel costs at our fuel dock – exclusively for all marina customer

Everybody loves a clean bottom so all marina customers are eligible for a 50% reduction in July or August for one haul and bottom wash – those barnacles really hurt your boat’s performance and fuel consumption!

Group discounts! Want to dock in a luxurious, new, centrally located, full-service deep water marina but don’t want to leave your marina buddies? Forward them this link or stop by and get a tour, you’ll just love what SI Yachts Marina and Service Center has to offer you! Not only are we the most convenient, safest, technologically advance marina out there we also have adjacent playground and park, restaurants, tiki bars, marine and ship’s store, on-site fuel dock and a brand new bath house beautifully appointed with tile showers.