June, 13th, 2018 at 12:48 pm
With summer here, it’s the perfect time to prepare your boat for some hot-weather fun. While your boat could be properly stored and protected from the elements during winter at Kangaroo’s Loveland or Cheyenne Boat Storage, there are still some things you need to do before hitting the local lakes and rivers.
Maintaining a spring/summer ritual that includes inspection, tune-up and cleaning of your boat will ensure you’re safe as well as prevent problems that could keep you off the water later once the season is underway. Here are some tips to help get your boat out of storage and into the water.
Check the oil and replace or replenish if necessary, reinstall a charged battery, lubricate moving parts, and make sure the electrical connections are working as they should. Also, change your fuel filter and ensure your fuel lines are in top-notch condition.
Check the rollers and pads, lubricate the wheel bearings and trailer jack, test the lights and electrical connections, check the tire pressure, check the brake fluid level, tongue lock and safety chains and ensure they are in good working order.
Damage to your propellers can cause problems for your drivetrain resulting in an unpleasant day on the water. Check for dings, distortions or loose bearings and make any necessary repairs.
Ensure there is no damage to fuel system hoses, connections and tank surfaces. Look for cracks or swells on the cables and replace if they’re cracked or showing any signs of wear. Make sure all fittings and clamps are properly secured as well.
Examine the hull for any damage (cracks, dings, etc.) and make any necessary repairs. Make sure all screws and fittings are still tight and lubricated.
Make sure that your life jackets, first aid kits, flares and fire extinguishers have not been stored past their expiration date. If they have, consider replacing so that you’ll have them ready when you need them.
Before you head out on the water, clean the interiors and exteriors of your boat to remove the dust, dirt, and grime that may have collected during its time of storage. Even if you had it stored at Loveland, Colorado Boat Storage, it’ll still need some basic cleaning. Also, put on a good boat wax to protect the materials and ensure that your boat keeps its value for years.
Winter elements such as snow, rain and other forms of debris can make their way into the bilge. Ensure to check it out and pump out any water before you launch your boat.
Corrosion can still continue even during storage. Check for any signs of corrosion especially around the electrical connections of your boat. If you spot any damage or potential problem, you’ll want to bring in a professional electrician who can safely address the issue.
Having examined all these things, don’t forget to have adequate insurance for your boat before you get behind the wheel. Also, ensure your boat registration is up to date.
While the list is long and de-winterizing is a lot of work, preparing your boat will get you ready to enjoy a fun-filled summer.