Engine Room Inspections
ritical checks for your annual haulout

by Frank Lanier


      While most boaters are onboard with the basics of engine room maintenance (checking the engine oil, draining fuel filters, etc) your annual haul-out is an excellent time to inspect those attention starved items that may not be part of your normal maintenance routine. 
      Prepping for your annual haul-out ideally starts with the vessel still in the water.  Conduct a through sea trail now for issues to be addressed while hauled (worn engine mounts, leaky stuffing boxes, etc).  Although the following inspection list is not all inclusive, combining it with the items noted during your sea trial should go a long way towards preventing unexpected downtime during the coming year.
General engine and generator checks

Cooling and exhaust systems

Fuel System


Fire Extinguishers


Bilge pumps