As February feels like spring here in Michigan and the lakes begin to thaw, it signals one thing to boaters: the start of preparation for the boating season. Getting your boat ready for its first outing of the year takes a little more than just wiping it clean and stocking it with cold drinks. Below are a few important steps to help you get your craft into top shape.
- Check for any needed repairs
Check the hull, deck and other areas of the boat for any damage you may have missed, or that may have happened during the winter. Serious damage should be repaired completely before taking the boat out.
- Clean, maintain, and wax
Clean everything thoroughly with a mild detergent. Perform any necessary maintenance on drains, flush your water tank, lubricate where needed, etc. Wax your boat for a protective shine.
- Inspect safety equipment and fittings
Make sure your boat has all necessary fittings and safety equipment, like life jackets/rafts, ground tackle, and lifelines.
- Check electrical systems
Check your battery levels, make sure all wiring is intact and test all onboard electronics for functioning.
- Check engine fluids (inboard engines), spark plugs (outboard motors), etc.
Be certain that your inboard engine/outboard motor is in good working condition with appropriate fluid levels/functioning spark plugs, etc.
- Make sure you are registered/licensed
Remember to always check that your trailer is properly registered for the year and that your boating license is still valid.
Contact Harbor 9 Marina for assistance and to learn more.