There are signs of spring popping up all over. These signs mean it’s time to start thinking about your boat. Some of your best memories are created while enjoying the sun and warm breezes out on the water with family and friends. Make sure you have a safe season by going through a checklist to make sure your boat is ready to be launched.
Prepare Your Boat for Successful Summer Fun
There are many types of boats, with varying sizes and designs that will make a difference on maintenance requirements and preparations needed to launch them. This is a generalized checklist for you to follow to make sure your boat is ready for summer fun.
With a mild detergent, you should perform a general cleaning of your deck, topsides, and hull. Check your scuppers and drain to make sure they are clear of any debris and adding a good coat of wax is an ideal precaution to protect against weather and water.
If your boat has windows, you need to make sure there is a clear view out of each and that the windshield has a wiper that works correctly. It is always a safety measure to bring spare parts along in case of any malfunctions, so each spring make sure you have all the necessary parts for your boat type on board.
Check all your exposed fuel components to see if they have suffered any rotting or deterioration. Most outboards have a primer bulb that should be used to verify there are no leaks in any of the connections. If your hose is in good shape, it will be pliable yet firm. A hose that is too soft or brittle needs replacing.
A dead battery is going to ruin any outing. Each spring you need to give your battery a deep charging with a slow charge of about three amps. Letting it sit overnight is ideal to provide a full charge. Check the battery over for any signs of corrosion and clean it away from wires and terminals if discovered on the surface.
Fluids, Hoses, Cables, and Belts
Check that all your fluids are topped off. This includes your engine oil, power steering fluid, gear case oil and if you’ve stored your boat with antifreeze that it is drained and disposed of properly. Make sure that all belts, cables, and hoses are not showing signs of rot and they are all tight and secure.
Many people remove their prop before storing. If you did not perform this task, make sure you do so now and grease the shaft while checking there is no fishing line wound around it.
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This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/get-boat-ready-summer/.