Safe Boating Week 2007

 

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The Start of Safe Boating Season
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...THE START OF SAFE BOATING SEASON...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE USCG AUXILIARY SHALLOTTE-CALABASH

With the start of warm weather Recreational Boaters are thinking of getting out on the water. When we think "Recreational Boating" the picture that enters our mind is of a power boat speeding across the water with a bunch of people on board laughing and having a lot of fun.

Getting ready for all this fun and games does not really start when your boat hits the water but rather much before that time. It starts in your driveway or backyard with the inspection of your trailer, or at least it should.

Start by taking a look at your hitch on your trailer and the receiver on your tow vehicle. Make sure your receiver ball is tight and free of rust. Some light grease on the ball would be helpful when sliding the trailer hitch onto it. Make sure your receiver is also snagged up tight. Check to see that your chains are in good shape. They should be solid and be long enough to cross under your trailer hitch without restricting your turning radius or dragging on the ground. This is also a good time to check your surge breaks, (if you have them) Check the wire that goes from the lever on top of your trailer hitch to the receiver on your tow vehicle. It should be, when connected, only long enough that it will activate your trailer breaks if the hitch fails. It should not be kinked or show any signs of fraying. Also check the operation of the locking operation of your hitch to your receiver ball. It should operate easily. A little lubricant on all moving parts will help extend their life. Oil and water don't mix. This is a good time to check the electrical connection between the trailer and the tow vehicle. Check for corrosion on both male and female ends. Remove with a small wire brush and coat with a small amount of light grease.

Take a walk around your trailer. Check the cable and crank that pulls your boat up on the trailer. The crank should turn with out too much effort and the cable should not be kinked or show signs of fraying. Look for signs of rust at the joints of your trailer. Remove any rust and paint. Check your tires for pressure, cracks, and any signs of wear. Pull off the caps on the ends of your axles and check your wheel bearings for grease. Repack the bearings at this time. Bearing Buddies will make this job easier during the season. The sun's UV rays play havoc on tires, so keep them covered when not in use.

Make sure that your trailer lights are working. Remove each bulb and check it and the holder for any signs of corrosion. Remove with a small brush and coat the connections with a small amount of Vaseline or some other light grease. Check all your tie downs for wear. Replace if you have to. Check the supports for your boat. Make sure they are doing what they are supposed to do, and there are no broken pieces.

Remember, the weather and the water will do a job on your trailer. Take care of it and it will take care of you. Boating Safety is no accident; take a Boating Course; get a Vessel Safety Check !!!!

THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY...

THE USCG AUXILIARY SHALLOTTE-CALABASH

 ...YOU'RE IN COMMAND. BOAT RESPONSIBLY!...

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