Getting Your Boat Ready for Summer Use

Try out these suggestions to prep your boat for summer use.docked boats

Now that warm temperatures are here to stay, it’s time to hit the open water.  However, before you can officially bring your boat out of storage, there are some important prep steps that you need to take.  Here are some of the things that you need to do to get your boat ready this summer.

1) First, you should wash away all the dust, grime, and, debris that may have accumulated during winter storage.  Cleaning your boat will help you uncover potential hazards that would have otherwise been concealed.

2) It’s important that you have your boat checked by an American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) approved technician to ensure that it is functioning properly and is safe to use.

3) Inspect all the safety equipment you keep on your boat, including fire extinguishers, flares, personal flotation devices, and first-aid kits.  Repair, replace, and re-stock as necessary.

4) Check all the lights on your boat to ensure that they are in place and operating well.

5) Open the engine compartment to check for excess water in the bilge.  Then, check for any electrical issues such as loose, disconnected, or corroded conductors.

6) Check that your boat’s battery is properly secured.

7) Check your boat’s fuel tanks for leaks and ensure that it has proper ventilation.  You should also check your fuel filters to make sure that there isn’t any water in them.

8) Fill your fuel tank, check your oil level, and change your oil before starting your boat for the first time.

9) If you are towing your boat to its launch point, then inspect and complete maintenance on your trailer before you take it out for the first time.

10) Every state has its own boat registration laws, so make sure that you check yours to ensure that you are in compliance.  If you need to update your registration, make sure you do so before setting sail.  This will ensure that you are not hit with heavy fines and other legal consequences.

Take these steps to get your boat ready for summer use.  Another way to get your boat ready for anything is by securing the right boat insurance.  For assistance with your personal watercraft coverage needs, contact the experts at Desert Empire Insurance today.