Lake season is here! Get your boat water-ready.Jun 9th, 2016
Spring cleaning your boat can be a long process, but it’s totally necessary. A good weekend worth of inspecting, repairs and cleaning means you’ll be able to safely enjoy a summer full of fun on the water. Here are some useful tips to remember when getting your boat water ready.
Before you launch
The battery is a vital part of your boat, so before you do anything else, make sure it’s working properly. If you have lead acid battery, top it up with distilled water. While you’re there, check and tighten all electrical connections, including terminals of battery cables.
Inspect the engine closely to make sure it survived the winter. If things don’t look right, look damaged or show signs of corrosion, you’ll need to repair it before you get your boat out on the water.
- Check the engine oil and the out-drive oils — fill if necessary
- Check all your filters, including the air filter, and clean or replace
- Check all fluid lines to make sure they aren’t cracked and are firmly connected
- Check and top up all fluid levels
- Examine the exhaust manifold
Will she float?
Check the entire hull for any damage or blisters that may have happened over the winter. If found, make sure you address and fix those problems before you put your boat in the water. Take a few extra minutes to pay close attention to:
- Any portlights, hatches, and deck fittings — water trails, dirt trails or green corrosion could mean the caulking needs to be replaced.
- Outdrive bellows can often hide cracks or tears in the folds.
Check your lights, horns and other safety features to make sure they are in good working order. If you have smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, check those too. Replace the batteries if need be. Also, while you’re at it, check to make sure all PFDs are functional. Check fire extinguishers and safety flares to make sure they haven’t expired.
A good wash
Experts recommend a mild detergent for a pre-season wash. Make sure you wash all parts of the boat including hull, deck and topsides. Make sure all drains and scuppers are clear and free of debris.
Trust an Expert
If you’re not sure what you’re doing, don’t try to fake it. Having a properly working boat is the difference between a risky ride and a great adventure.
Our experts are more than happy to help you get your boat ready for the summer, which can save you a lot of time and headache. By trusting an expert, you’re making sure you can get the most out of your boat until the very last days of summer. Call us today!