5 Things To Do When Taking a Boat Out of Storage
It’s the start of the warm weather season and thousands of boat owners across the country are now planning the process for putting their boat back on the water. But the transition from the storage space to the water is not one that should be rushed. Damage can occur without effective planning. And so within this post, we’ll highlight the five things you must do when taking your boat out of storage.
1. Complete a full inspection
The first step you should take is to complete a full inspection of the boat. Look for any damage that might have occurred while in storage. For example, are any fittings or screws loose? Has the boat paint chipped? Try to inspect the vessel carefully and note down any problem areas that require further review or maintenance.
2. Add to safety supplies
You don’t want to be stuck out on the water without a fully functioning life vest for all passengers. Before you take the vessel out on the open seas, make sure that you add any required safety supplies. You might also want ensure items such as the fire extinguisher and flares are safely within the expiry time frame before you plan your upcoming voyage.
3. Clean dusty surfaces
Your boat isn’t designed to sit in storage. It’s the reason that boat surfaces can quickly become dirty and dusty when left alone throughout the winter season. You’ll need to complete a thorough cleaning of all of the boat’s interior and exterior surfaces before taking it on the water. This will ensure you don’t experience material degradation, and will present a welcoming appeal to visitors on trips in the coming months.
4. Dewinterize the engine
When taking the boat out of storage, ensure that spark plugs and all fluid in the lines are replaced before heading out on the water. You should also inspect fuel lines as well as all belts, cables and hoses for any signs of damage. Make sure that the battery is tested as well, to ensure it still holds a charge. Any significant signs of damage should be inspected and resolved by a maintenance professional.
5. Take extra care during the first trip
On your first trip out on the water, take extra care to analyze your boat for signs of maintenance issues. Look in particular for changes in the way the boat moves on the water, as this could indicate a challenging safety problem that requires closer inspection.
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