Keeping Your Boat in Top Shape
Whether you’re taking your boat out of storage in the spring, using it during the season or putting it away for the winter, proper maintenance ensures that your boat is ready for a day on the water. Follow these maintenance tips to keep your boat in top condition.
Beginning of Season
After a long winter in storage, you can’t wait to get your boat in the water. Before you head to your favorite lake, take these steps to get your vessel ready for another fun-filled summer.
Ropes & Safety Equipment
Check to make sure everything is in working order; replace any broken or worn items.
Insert drain plug properly.
Ensure that pump is working properly.
Check wires; fix any corroded connectors.
Belts & Hoses
Inspect thoroughly and replace any that are torn or excessively worn.
During the Season
Maintain your boat during the season and you’ll spend more time on the water and less time in the repair shop. Between outings, consider taking the following steps to keep your boat ready for your next adventure.
Wash down after each use to keep finish looking good and to help stop the spread of invasive species.
Mold and mildew are the enemy of your boat’s interior. Wipe it down after each use.
If your boat isn’t going to be used for a long period of time, put battery on a trickle charger.
Consider using gas without ethanol – commonly called Rec Fuel.
Use marine-specific fuel stabilizer to reduce oxidation and phase separation.
Periodically remove the propeller and check it for signs of damage.
After each outing, flush the engine to prevent damage to internal components.
End of Season
Before putting your boat in storage, take these steps to prepare your boat for the off-season. Doing this allows you to catch any potential issues and fix them before next spring.
Winterize all mechanical systems; remove all water and add antifreeze where necessary.
Remove any gear that should be stored indoors.
Remove and store at home on a trickle charger; check electrolyte levels on lead-acid batteries.
Oil & Filter
Change oil and filters.
Replace so boat is ready for next season.
Open to allow water to drain out.
Clean and wax to protect boat’s finish.
Clean the seats, flooring and other interior components. Dirt and grime can degrade the upholstery.
Depending on where it is stored, choose the appropriate cover to protect your vessel.
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