8 december, 2022 Enjoy Boating Corporate Spring into the new season with VETUS With the weather heating up and the days getting longer, those glorious summer days out on the water are tantalizingly close! Soon we can forget about the long, dark winter months and start to anticipate the warm sun and the breeze on our face, the trickle of water against the hull and the gentle motion of the waves. Excitement is building and we are ready for the spring launch and the prospect of fun and laughter with family and friends. Whether your passion is offshore cruising, day sailing, fishing or watersports, the water is calling us. We know you are ready – but is your boat also in tip top condition? We all want as much time as possible on the water this season after a difficult twelve months across the world. Many of us will be opting for ‘staycations’ in home waters, and, as always, VETUS is with you all the way to make sure you maximize life onboard. We are here to help you prevent the frustration of unexpected equipment failure and maintenance in mid-season with a few simple checks now. By preparing and updating all your boat’s systems and equipment ahead of the season, you can set sail with confidence and rest assured all season that VETUS has supplied the products you need to keep your boat running. Prep for the new season To get you started, here is a VETUS checklist of 15 important points to remember, with a few tips from our experts especially for you. Enjoy the season! 1. Change the engine oil 2. Change the gearbox oil VETUS TIP: Dirt and humidity can negatively affect the function of the gearbox. To ensure that your gearbox works properly you should use new oil every year. 3. Check the coolant level 4. Check for leaks in the cooling system 5. Check the V-belt tension 6. Replace the impeller 7. Check the propeller shaft for leaks a/o space 8. Replace the oil and fuel filters 9. Check if the battery poles have been correctly reconnected 10. Check if the batteries have the correct voltage VETUS TIP: We advise the use of a float charger during winter storage. 11. Check all electrical connections 12. Check all electrical equipment 13. Check the tanks for leakages 14. Check the valves for leaks and functionality 15. Check and clean water strainer VETUS TIP: Select a cooling water strainer with a transparent cover for easy inspection of the filter without dismantling. With over 55 years of experience to offer you, we have spent decades creating a full portfolio to meet all your equipment and system needs. From engines, electric propulsion, stern gear/fuel systems, generators, bow thrusters and control panels, to water systems, onboard power and glazing products, we are a one-stop shop. To make life even easier for you, simple installation and maintenance is fundamental to all our systems and products. We are here to make life on the water more enjoyable for you and everyone onboard. Tip: order from VETUS Authorized Webshops There are several well-equipped (VETUS) webshops that can provide you with the best boating products to minimize the time and cost spent on maintenance. In these difficult times, they can provide you with our VETUS boat equipment, service, and quality. Go to our dealer locator on www.vetus.com and search for your Authorized VETUS webshops or contact your local dealer. For instance: How to maintain your marine batteries Taking care of your boat, means taking care of your batteries as well. And because your boat will not run properly without a good set of batteries you need to keep them in check and charged at all times. But how do you keep them in check? What causes batteries to rundown prematurely? When a battery is discharged too deeply, internal damage will occur. Damage, that often cannot be repaired. A battery that is overcharged is also more likely to fail. How deep you can discharge a battery depends on the type of battery. In general, AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries can be more deeply discharged (75 percent) than regular lead-calcium batteries (35 percent) because the internal composition of the battery plates is different, and the acid is trapped in glass fiber separators. Depending on the quality, use and whether the correct type of battery has been chosen, a battery normally lasts about six to eight years. The lifespan of a battery is expressed in the number of charge cycles it can have, which in turn depends on the percentage of discharge. The battery lasts the longest when it is properly maintained; do not discharge too deeply and recharge in time extends the lifespan. This keeps the cyclical load as low as possible. Remember that a battery has a self-discharge of up to about three percent. When not in use, it will also slowly deflate. That is why you should recharge your battery right after you use it, if you want to make it last longer.