Stanley Yacht Services: Why Do So Many Boats Sink in the Spring?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Why Do So Many Boats Sink in the Spring?

Welcome to the first day of Spring! And continuing our theme of boating season safety, we share with you another commissioning checklist, this one from our friends at BoatUS, who also answer the question:

Why Do So Many Boats Sink in the Spring? 
That can't be good!
  1. Missing or damaged hose clamps: These clamps are often removed in the fall to winterize the engine, and then forgotten about in the spring when the boat is launched. Tight spaces in engine compartments make it difficult to see some unsecured or deteriorated clamps.
  2. Unsecured engine hoses: Over the winter, freezing water can lift hoses off seacocks (valves).
  3. Spring rains: Combine heavy rains with leaking ports, deck hatches, cracked or improperly caulked fittings, chain plates and even scuppers clogged by leaves and your boat could be on the bottom soon.
  4. Broken sea strainer: Glass, plastic and even bronze strainer bowls can be cracked or bent over in the winter if not properly winterized, allowing water to trickle in when the seawater intake seacock is in the open position.
  5. Leaking stuffing box: If equipped, a steady drip from an improperly adjusted stuffing box (the “packing” around the prop shaft) has been known to swamp a boat.
So, again, please remember to take the time to thoroughly check all your systems and equipment so you can enjoy a safe and happy boating season!

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