Professionals at Al Mouj Marina advise boat owners to get ready for a smooth boating season

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Muscat, September 16, 2016: Whether you own a 31-foot boat or a weekend cruiser, when the outdoor season sets in, it’s time to get your boat back in shape and make sure it’s ready to go.

Stressing on the importance of boat maintenance, Khalil AbuJaber, Marina Manager of Al Mouj Marina at Al Mouj Muscat, says, “Most boat owners keenly follow suggested maintenance procedures during the summer months when most boats are low in use. Now, with the winter about to set in, we recommend that boat owners prepare their boats for the season.”

Al Mouj Marina works in partnership with boat maintenance experts, UES Marine, to ensure the premier marina’s fleet of luxury yachts and boats are well maintained.

Sharing valuable tips and stressing the importance of preparing the boat AbuJaber says, “Since the boats are in low usage during summer you have to now prep it.”

It is important for boat owners to remember that it is best to use marine grade genuine parts when they decide to repair their boats. It will not only last longer but will help prevent risky situations.

Boaters must check if engine belts have the right tension and also if they come across cracking and glazing inside or outside the boat they must repair it immediately. It is important to check all fasteners and plumbing since exhaust systems carry a lot of water.

It will also help if boat owners check the chain, thread and O-ring on fuel fill caps to help protect the fuel tank from water intrusion.

Experts at UES Marine suggest that boat owners should start the process with thorough cleaning.

“Even if you have cleaned it regularly while it was stationary, there is bound to be some dust and dirt. So wipe the interior clean, use the vacuum if needed and power-wash the exterior. It is also a good time to apply a fresh coat of paint,” says Andrew Wagner, Deputy General Manager of UES

Andrew Wagner also adds, “Check the body for any cracks, punctures or holes and get them repaired immediately.”

Boat owners are advised to make sure that the anchor rode and chain are not tangled prior to going offshore to ensure fast deployment in the case of an emergency.

Designed and operated by internationally renowned Mourjan Marinas, Al Mouj Marina has 124 modern floating marina berths, the first of 400, accommodating yachts from 10 to 40 metres.

Tips for a safe season

• Don’t overload your boat

• Before heading out on the water place things like mobile phones, keys, wallets, etc in a waterproof bag or zip lock.

• Have a plan. Know geographic landmarks, pay attention to headings and be knowledgeable of GPS functions.

• Make sure before you go that your boat has all the safety equipment aboard and that they are all up to date and in good working order.

• Monitor your boat through a few tide cycles after first launching to make sure you’ve correctly adjusted the dock lines.