Connecticut Safe Boating Study Guide


Proper maintenance of your boat can extend its useful life and also help ensure that you and your passengers have an enjoyable and safe boating experience.


  • Change oil at least once every season. Check manufacturer's recommendations for oil changing.
  • Inspect belts and hoses before every voyage, and replace those that are worn or torn.
  • Check for corrosion and oxidation, and take preventive measures before they become serious problems.
  • Check and service transmissions, and change fluids according to the recommended schedule.


  • Always use marine parts—never automotive parts!
  • Store vessels in a dry place out of the sun.
  • Check any through-hull fittings, such as engine-cooling intakes. A leak or opening could sink your boat if not attended to properly.
  • Keep the decks and hull cleaned and waxed for better fuel efficiency and longer life.
  • Clean and grease electrical connections to prevent corrosion.