It’s springtime, and you are probably getting ready to get back out onto the water. If your boat has been packed up and not in use all winter, you will have to take some steps to make sure your boat is seaworthy (or lake worthy). This process is often called “de-winterizing” your boat.
It’s a good idea to set aside a day to take care of your pre-season maintenance before you plan to go out cruising, as this can take a decent amount of time. I’m sure you’re eager to go out and enjoy your boat, but you’ll feel less stressed and rushed, and do a more thorough job, if you set aside the whole day.
Check Your Engine
The very first thing you should do after your boat has been in storage is to check on the engine. This includes an oil change, new oil filter and starting the engine to make sure it’s running properly. You may also want to install fresh spark plugs.
Review Your Safety Gear
Don’t skip this step, it could save your life! Count your floating devices and make sure all your communication devices are functioning.
Check the Boat’s Exterior
Visually inspect the boats hull to make sure there are no cracks or damage to boats hull. This is one of the biggest reason boats sink, so it’s important to take the time to make sure nothing has happened to your boat that you make not have noticed while it was in storage or “on the hard”.
Clean it Up
Like anything that hasn’t been used in a long time, your boat likely got dusty and dirty while in storage. Now is the time to thoroughly clean it. This will make your boat look nicer, and help prevent future maintenance issues. Remember that harsh cleaners can have a negative impact on marine life. Check and see if your marina has a wash down area and try and use non-toxic and biodegradable cleaners if necessary.
Test Your Electronics
Is your GPS functioning? Did you try out your depth finder? How about your lights? Test them out and find out before any problems arise while you are out.
If you keep your boat on a trailer, make sure your tires are in good shape, your break and signal lights are working, and your frame is not showing signs of wear.
Don’t Forget Your Fenders and Lines
Clean down your fenders with a detergent or some light mineral oil. For lines, be sure to use a mild detergent and avoid bleach. Avoid drying them with heat! If you notice any fenders need to be replaced, be sure to contact us at www.aeredockingsolutions.com anytime or call the office at (954) 345-2373 during the week.
It’s important to note that every boat is different, and you should follow the manufacturer directed maintenance guidelines. That said, these guidelines are a great start for getting your boat out of hibernation. Warm weather is here, so get started today.