Boat Prep Checklist


Safety should always be your first concern before hitting the water. LFS has put together a checklist of what you should inspect, replace or service before heading underway. Print this page (pdf)


  1. 1 Check all hoses for cracks or breaks. Replace with Trident Marine hose as needed.
  2. 2 Flush antifreeze from your water systems.
  3. 3 Change your oil using the proper Sierra Oil and replace your oil filter with the appropriate Baldwin Filter.
  4. 4 Consider changing your fuel filter with a new Racor Fuel Filter.
  5. 5 Check your boat's hull for any damage. Repair as needed.
  6. 6 Clean and scrape the bottom of your boat if it is accessible.Consider painting your hull with Pettit Antifouling Paint .
  7. 7 Check windows and lights for any indication of leaks. Seal as needed.
  8. 8Lubricatewinches, anchor windlass, blocks, and pad eyes.
  9. 9 Check and replace zincs as needed.
  10. 10 Check engine belts and replace as needed.
  11. 11 Check transmission fluid levels and quality.
  12. 12 Check spark plugs and replace as needed.
  13. 13 Change the gear lube if you didn't during winterization.
  14. 14 Check battery, clean battery terminals, and top up with distilled water if need.