Marine News from the Great Lakes

Boat Safety and Fuel Stabilizers

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer is here and that means boating season is in full swing. As the weather continues to warm up, more owners will be taking their boats out on the waves. If you haven’t taken your boat out for a while, it's a good idea to put your watercraft through a full safety inspection to make sure all the working parts are still functioning. And even if you are a regular boater, it’s good to do a quick inspection each excursion before leaving the dock. Taking the proper steps will help prevent you from getting stranded or worse, experiencing a hazard on the water. Here’s a short guide to keeping your boat running its best.

Safety First

There is nothing more important before launching than safety. Your boat is a machine after all and it requires proper and thorough care to run safely and efficiently. Before you set sail, you should always do a quick check around your boat for any potential issues. While it’s not necessary to do a full inspection each time you go out, it’s definitely a good idea to periodically check parts such as the rudder, fuel tank, battery, and motor. Other parts like the hull’s fittings, boat radio, anodes, alternator, bilge, hoses, belts, safety equipment, and anchor should also be inspected. Set aside some time to give it a full checkup in the beginning and again at the end of the season, and a quick inspection every time before you head out.

Protect Your Fuel

While inspections are important, one of the most essential steps you should take before each launch should be protecting your boat’s most vital component: the engine. While you want your watercraft looking great on the outside, if it’s not working on the inside, you’ll be sitting on the beach instead of hitting the waves. To ensure you are set to go, protect your engine with a fuel stabilizer like STA-BIL 360°® Marine™. Fuel can go bad in as little as 30 days, and the ethanol in today’s gasoline can corrode your fuel tank over time, especially during storage. Corrosion such as rust and varnish can also build up and cause problems down the line. Using a quality fuel stabilizer at every fuel fill up is essential to combat possible deterioration over time and will give you peace of mind if your boat is sitting in storage.

There is no better feeling than being back on the water, so get your watercraft ready and enjoy the sun and the breeze this summer!

tags: Fuel Treatments, Great Lakes

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