Now that everything is thawing and temperatures are rising, you might be itching to stretch your sea (or lake) legs. But before you uncover your boat and head out on the open water, there are a few steps you need to take before buoying up.
Follow these four steps to ensure your boat is de-winterized and ready for its spring voyage, so you can enjoy your weekend cruise or family fishing trip without getting stranded.
Check Engine Oil and Fluid Levels
Winter can be harsh on your boat—especially if you live in colder climates. One of the first things you should check after your boat’s winter hibernation is its engine oil and fluid levels. Make sure you give your boat an oil change and add the correct fluids to avoid any rusting or corrosion. If your boat has a power steering reservoir, be sure you fill it to the correct level.
Check Battery, Fuel Lines, and Connections
The cold is not a friend to your boat’s battery, lines, and hoses. Cold temperatures can freeze and crack fuel lines, so ensure you do a complete visual inspection of all lines, hoses, and connection clamps. Any cracked lines and hoses should be replaced to avoid any future issues, and any loose cables should be tightened.
As for your battery, you can test the volts and amps with a battery tester. If it tests well, go ahead and hook it up after cleaning away any corrosion. If it doesn’t test well, you should replace it.
Inspect the Exterior
The last thing you want to discover while out on the water is a leak. During your boat’s de-winterization process, inspect the exterior for damage like dents and holes. You will also want to check for any rusting. A great way to prevent rust and corrosion is by investing in a cover to keep on your boat during the winter months.
Rust never sleeps, but there are ways to prevent it. Avoid any major rust and corrosion issues by keeping your boat clean, dry, and regularly inspected.
You’re almost done—but don’t start your engine just yet. Before taking your boat out, you’ll want to make sure all your electronics are working, that your navigational lights turn on, and that your boat is clean and tidy. We recommend using Boat Lover’s Towel’s boat cleaning accessories, like our extension pole paired with our round boat brush, to clean those hard-to-reach areas. Do a quick sweep around the deck and check to make sure no critters decided to call your boat home.
Once you’ve determined that your boat is ready for action, it’s time to launch.
Why You Should De-Winterize Your Boat
De-winterizing a boat shouldn’t be an option for boat owners—it should be mandatory. As a boat owner, you should always inspect your boat regardless of the time of year. But cold temperatures can pose major risks for you and your boat if you don’t inspect and address any winter-related issues before hitting the water.
By following the above steps and using Boat Lover’s Towel’s various boat cleaning accessories, you can count on a safe boat launch and a fun-filled weekend for you and your family.
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