After a slow start, spring is finally here, and we are moving quickly towards boating season. That means it’s time to get your boat cleaned up and ready for action!
This winter was unusually severe and had the potential to cause problems even newer and well-maintained boats. Every boat should be checked thoroughly before being put in the water to prevent problems from ruining your first outings of the summer. READ MORE…
Though not a complete list, the following items should be checked before taking your boat onto the water:
Battery, starter, alternator and bilge pump
Bottom paint to determine if it needs to be repainted or touched up
Fuel, oils & other fluids which may have deteriorated or become contaminated
Canvas which may have suffered from deterioration
Seals, impeller, hoses, hose clamps, and gaskets should be checked for deterioration which can cause oil or water leaks
Corrosion, which can cause steering and other system failures
The propeller should be checked for any damage such as dings, pitting or distortion
Aside from examining the boat, boat owners should also make sure they have a fully-stocked Marine First Aid kit, and a working fire extinguisher (check the expiration date) on board. Ensure that you have a properly sized and wearable personal floatation device (life jacket) in good condition for each passenger, especially kids and pets.
Trailers should be checked before use as well. Check the air pressure and inspect the tire treads and sidewalls for cracks or lack of tread. Don’t forget to check the spare! Inspect the bearings and repack if necessary. Test the tail and back-up lights. Test the winch to make sure it’s working properly. Inspect the trailer frame for rust. If you find any, sand it out and paint to prevent further deterioration.