Spring and summer are just one long fun season for boat owners. But, before you get your boat on the water, take safety precautions first.
From the propeller, engine, and trailer, a little prep work will help you start the season right. You’ll enjoy the boating season like you’re meant to:
Boat De-Winterization Checklist
Look at your safety gear. Do you have enough life jackets? Are the ones you have in good shape? Do your navigation lights work? How are your fire extinguishers?
Wash Winter Away
Early spring is an excellent time to wash, wax, and detail your boat. But, don’t use products you use to clean your home. They damage canvassing and vinyl. Use marine safe cleaners, waxes, and washers.
After gathering the cleaning supplies, remove everything from the boat. Vacuum and wipe down the engine and storage areas. Pay special attention to those hard-to-get nooks and crannies.
Other components to check include:
- Fuel system
- Fluid levels
- Electrical system
- Cracks and blisters anywhere
- Trailer hubs
- Trailer lights
- Steering and throttle controls
Give your safety a boost and tell a loved one your float plan. Where you’re going and when you’re coming back. If you don’t have these already, get the following items in case disaster strikes:
- Emergency radio beacon
- Boating insurance
- All relevant permits and licenses
- Carbon monoxide detector (if applicable)
- First aid kit
- Spare parts and tools
- Official nautical charts
Inconveniences on your boating trip can make or break the experience. A common downer is an unexpected storm. Don’t let this defeat you. Make sure you check the weather forecast to ensure smooth sailing. Always make sure you have:
- Extra blankets and towels
- Extra pair of shades
- An inflatable ball
- Water guns
- Bottle opener
When the temperature turns up, you want to be ready for the boating season. Getting a jump on the suggestions above will make sure you optimize your time.