You and your boat
Make sure your boat’s engine is up to the job. Schedule an annual service and make regular visual checks.
If your boat has been out of the water for a while, it pays to replace old fuel with clean, fresh fuel.
Never assume your trip will run exactly according to plan - always plan to use a third of your fuel for the trip out, a third for the trip back, and have a third in reserve for unexpected events.
Make sure the boat’s battery is professionally checked so that it will be capable of operating all electric equipment and have enough strength to start the motor.
After lying idle over winter, batteries have a habit of providing a start or two before failing completely.