Getting Your Boat Out of Storage
Marine Week concludes today here at the CRO Blog. This week we looked at some of the coolest looking speedboats to hit the water, some prime fishing locations in the U.S.A., steps on detailing your boat and keeping it beautiful for the season and finally, boating safety tips that will keep your family and friends safe while they are having fun. Today we feature getting your boat out of storage.
As spring begins to warm the air, it is time to think about boating season. Pulling a boat out of storage involves a number of tasks. To get the boat working properly, it is essential to learn tips that increase safety and functionality.
The first things to do after removing a boat from storage are inspect it for dents and clean all surfaces. Even if a boat was cleaned before storage, it probably has attracted dust and dirt over winter. Wiping and vacuuming the interior is advised. Also, it is the best time to repair any dents or scratches. After the boat looks good, it is important to apply a layer of wax so that the sun’s rays do not cause damage. A coat of bottom paint may be used as well. This prevents slime and other barnacles from causing problems with the hull.
While attention is placed on the boat’s bottom, it is wise to inspect the propeller. It should be secured in place, and worn bearings must be replaced so that the blade runs smoothly.
Dewinterize the Engine
As a boat is taken out of storage, it is time to care for the engine and other mechanical systems. It is recommended to replace spark plugs, change the oil, check all fluid levels and inspect fuel lines. If there appears to be breaks or visible signs of damage to belts, cables, hoses or lines, it is important to securely reconnect and replace all parts.
The salty air and water often cause corrosion to electronic boat parts. It is vital to remove this damage with a wire brush or replace parts that no longer work. At this time, the battery should be tested to make sure it holds a charge.
Safety should always be a top priority. Each boating season must include an inspection of safety gear. Life vests and other first aid equipment should be in good working condition. Expiration dates must be verified for first aid kits, flares and life preservers. Also, the fire extinguisher should be charged and easily accessible.
There are many things to do after taking a boat out of storage. There is much more to the process than simply dropping it into the water. Knowing what to and how to prepare for a new season will keep a boat safe and working properly.