The crazy winter weather is over, temperatures are warming up and it’s time to get your boat ready for the season. Whether you have a fishing boat, sailboat or small yacht, you’ll need to complete some basic maintenance and cleaning to get ready. Here are some tips for readying your boat.
Do Some Spring Cleaning
Your boat has spent the off-season sitting at the docks or on a trailer. Now it’s time to do some spring cleaning. Start with the exterior. Look for damage to the hull, peeling paint and damaged roofing surfaces. Take care of these issues, then wash and wax your boat. Head inside and clean up dust and debris that might have accumulated while out of commission. Last, look for potential rodent damage, take care of the damage, and eliminate the pests.
Make Needed Repairs
Chances are you have some left-over repairs from the previous season. Check your propeller for dents and dings and replace it if needed. Replace worn out marine batteries. Check all of your fluids and replace them as needed. Test your bilge pump and make repairs as needed. When it comes time to launch your boat at the beginning of the season, make sure all necessary repairs are completed so you can have a good time on the water. As you make these repairs, find a reputable dealer that sells replacement parts for boats.
Purchase Necessary Supplies
Before your first outing, you’re going to want to make sure your boat is stocked up on important supplies. Make sure you have a good first aid kit, some replacement parts for items that commonly fail, a working fire extinguisher and flares. Having all of these important supplies on hand can prevent a small emergency from turning into a full-size disaster.
Follow these tips to be ready for the boating season and enjoy your time away from shore.