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Safe boating means being a responsible boat owner
Equipment failures or vessel breakdowns can endanger your crew and yourself. You should inspect, service and maintain your vessel, engine, electrical systems and safety equipment regularly.
Operators must include maintenance of their vessels and onboard equipment in their safety management system (SMS). Maintenance records should also be detailed in your vessel’s logbook.
Be systematic about your maintenance and have a written schedule. Keeping proper records ensures you can track your maintenance program and prove that your vessel and equipment are appropriately maintained.
Follow manufacturer guidelines and instructions concerning maintenance requirements. When performing maintenance or repairs, ask yourself—would I be happy for my child, parent, or spouse to sail with this repair in place?