The fall season is starting and while most of these items are common sense, in the chaos of starting a new season, it's easy to forget a few things. Here is a quick checklist
Check trailer lights
Tires (check for cracks and that they are holding pressure)
Check breaks and bearings
Update registration if required in your state
Is your spare in good shape?
Inspect straps and replace worn out ones
Trailer stern flags
Service Launch motors
Update registrations (if necessary)
Check safety equipment (life jackets, radios, lights, etc)
Make sure water hasn’t leaked into fuel tanks (marinas often don’t check this)
Is the fire extinguisher working?
Pump out launch pontoons and check for leaks
Oil erg chains
Replace dead batteries
Adjust or replace bungees on older ergs
Check rigging on all boats (adjust for the fall season)
Make sure all bolts are tight
The steering wire is free of obstructions and hasn’t frayed
Inspect wheels and bearings on seats
Check wiring to make sure speakers, impellers, and stroke rates work
Ensure shoes are still secure and heel ties are in place
Clean oar handles
Check rigging on oars
Make sure bolts are tight
Make sure the correct sets of oars are together
Power cycle cox boxes. (fully charge, drain them, then charge them again).
Put cox boxes on a charging timer
Power cycle megaphone batteries
Check you spare parts bins. Do they need a refill?
Replace or check cleaning supplies (Hoses, towels, soap, brooms, brushes, etc)
Has the first aid kit been resupplied?
Are there any sharp objects (nails) sticking out on the dock
Register for regattas
Book regatta accomodations and transportation
Order your racing shirts
Anticipate winter equipment purchases to avoid shipping delays