The weather is getting warmer, soon it will be time to take your boat to the lakes again!
Although it may be tempting to take the boat out of winter storage and put it straight in the water, it is necessary to prepare your vessel and yourself ahead of time. Simple preparation and cleaning projects are necessary to get your boat ready and prevent problems that could keep you ashore, or even threaten your safety. In order to assure an enjoyable boating season, consider the list below, and make a note of any areas that need attention.
Keep in mind that boating involves many variables, and all boats are different. Your needs may vary, depending on the size and type of boat you have. Here is a general, quick check list for pre-season boat ready inspection:
1. Do an overall cleaning of the hull, deck and topsides using a mild detergent.
2. Repair hull damage, fixing and tending to abrasions, blisters, distortions, scratches and gouges.
3. Check all features, fittings, lines, and rigging for integrity.
4. Check all conditions of pumps, hoses, and clamps.
5. Check / recharge marine batteries – check the terminals for corrosion, clean and lubricate; check bonding system; inspect all wiring for wear and tear.
7. For powered vessels, inspect the motor for proper conditions, lube components and refill fluids as needed; examine propellers for bending, dings and scuffs.
8. For sail vessels, scan the general condition of all the sheets, looking for wear and chafing; pay special attention to attachments like tell – tails and areas of stress at the corners ( i.e., tack, clew, and head).