For boaters in the Northeast United States, spring is the best time to get your pleasure boat back into the water. Preseason preparation entails safety checks that protect you and your boat from dangerous conditions and circumstances that will curb your enjoyment. Observe the following principles to prepare your boat for spring and keep your vessel on the water all season long.
Engine Maintenance Visually inspect the engine to make sure all parts and components, including fuel hoses, tank surfaces, clamps, and fittings, are where they should be. Fuel hoses shouldn’t be cracked, brittle, or soft. Hoses and pulleys shouldn’t fit loosely or have a black substance surrounding them. Check all fluid levels as well. Oil, coolant, steering fluid, and drive lubricants should all be replaced before storing your boat for the winter, but check again before hitting the water.
Electrical Inspection Have a technician or electrician inspect your boat’s electrical system annually. You should also perform a self-check immediately before bringing your boat back out for spring. Wire-brush all terminals and cable ends, as corrosion can cause safety problems such as combustion. Test your battery’s charge to assure that you don’t strand yourself on the water your first time out this season.
Hull and Propeller Protection Never take your boat out if the propellers are damaged are if the hull is cracked or unstable. Not only can you end up stranded if the propellers stop working, but they can cause gradual damage to your drive train, which would result in expensive repairs. As for the hull, look for cracks, warped surfaces, and blisters. Also, don’t forget to plug the drain before setting out.
At Yarmouth Boat Yard, we care about your boating safety, which is why we take excellent care of your boat. We also provide boat maintenance and repair services throughout the season at our marina. Call us at (877) 401-3461 to learn more about our marina services, including new and used boat sales.