Semi-Annual Safety Checklist Maintenance

Semi-Annual Safety Checklist

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

  • As part of your pre-departure inspection of PFDs check for wear or abrasion, weak or torn seams, secure straps and buckles. Some types of PFDs are equipped with inflation devices; check to be sure cartridges are secure and charged.

Fire Extinguishers

  • Do you have all required quantities and types of fire extinguishers?

  • Have they been checked within the past year?

  • Are serviceable units tagged by a licensed facility?

  • Are units accessible?

  • Is at least one accessible from the helm or cockpit?

  • Are you and your crew familiar with their operation?

Fuel System

  • Is the system properly grounded at the filter, tank, deck, pump, etc.?

  • Is the fuel tank free from rust or contamination?

  • No leaks from tank, hose or fittings.

  • Hoses U.S.C.G. approved and free of cracking or stiffness with adequate slack to account for vibration.

  • Is tank secured?

  • Fuel shut-off valve on tank and at engine.

  • Engine compartment and engine clean and free of oily rags or flammable materials.

  • Blower switch at remote location.

  • Is your fuel system protected from siphoning?

Safety Equipment

  • Lifelines or rails in good condition.

  • Stanchions or pulpit securely mounted.

  • Hardware tight and sealed at deck.

  • Grab rails secure and free of corrosion or snags that may catch your hands.

  • Non-skid surfaces free from accumulated dirt or excess wear.

Ground Tackle

  • At least two anchors on board.

  • Anchor and rode adequate for your boat and bottom conditions.

  • Tackle properly secured.

  • Length of chain at anchor.

  • Thimble on rode and safety wired shackles.

  • Chafing gear at chocks for extended stays or storm conditions.

  • Anchor stowed for quick accessibility.


  • Labeled and designated for marine use.

  • Properly ventilated to remove carbon-monoxide from cabin.

  • Retainers or rails for pots and pans while underway.

  • If built-in, properly insulated and free from combustible materials, CNG and LPG (propane).

  • Stored in separate compartment from boat's interior and engine room.

  • Tightly secured shut-off valve at tank.

  • Proper labeling and cautions in place at tank location.

  • Hoses, lines and fittings of approved and inspected type.

  • Compartment is ventilated overboard and below level of tank base.

Electrical System

  • Wiring approved for marine applications.

  • System is neatly bundled and secured.

  • Protected against chafing and strain.

  • Adequate flex between bulkhead and engine connections.

  • Clear of exhaust system and bilge.

  • System is protected by circuit breakers or fuses.

  • Grounds to Zincs if required.

  • Wire terminals and connections sealed to prevent corrosion.

Bilge Pumps

  • Will pump(s) adequately remove water in emergency? Do you have a manual backup? Are bilges clean and free to circulate (clear limber holes)? Do you check bilges frequently and not rely on automatic pumps?

Corrosion Prevention

  • Through-hulls, props, shafts, bearings, rudder fittings, and exposed fastenings free of non-destructive corrosion.

  • Zincs are adequate to provide protection.

  • Through-hulls are properly bonded.

  • Inspect the steering cables, engine control linkage and cables, engine mounts and gear case for corrosion.

  • These items are properly lubricated or painted to prevent undue corrosion.


  • Strainers, intakes and exhaust or discharge fittings are free from restrictions such as barnacles, marine growth or debris.

  • Inspect sea valves for smooth operation.

  • Handles are attached to valves for quick closure.

  • Hoses are in good condition and free from cracking.

  • Double hose-clamps below the waterline.

  • Anti-siphon valve fitted to marine toilet.

  • Through-hull plugs are near fittings or attached to hose in case of emergency.


  • Stored in non-corrosive, liquid tight, ventilated containers.

  • Non-conductive covers are fitted over posts.

  • Batteries are well secured.

  • Clean by disconnecting terminals and remove corrosion with a wire brush.

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