Summers are the best time to take off your boat and set off for a relaxing water trip. After a long dry winter, it becomes important to check your boat thoroughly and ensure it functions well. A lot of preparation goes into getting boats ready for the summers. The more work and effort you put in, the more enjoyable your boating experience will be.

Here are the key tips for preparing your boat for the summer.

Dewinterize

Boats have been lying idle for many months by the time summer arrives. Hoses and other rubber fittings can be dried up by salt air and huge temperature swings. Moisture can cause rust to the metal parts and electrical components, and oil in the reservoir can break down. There are some other de-winterize tips to go through.

Preparing Your Boat for the Summer

Wash your Boat

This is the most basic point while preparing your boat for summer. Before dousing the inside space, rub it with a light detergent. If your boat has extensive mold or stains, you may require a mold cleaning agent product to clean it properly.  Brush the surface with a boat hull cleanser before rinsing it.  

Check for Zincs

Sacrificial anodes, such as zinc, get collected near metal sections at the boat’s base. Zincs absorb harmful electrical charge in the water, preventing electrolysis of the motors. If the zincs have tarnished, you must restore them as soon as possible. 

Do a battery check-up

Check the battery’s acid levels and ensure it is fully charged. Clear any corrosion around the connectors, if any.

Review all the safety equipment

Before preparing your boat for the summer, conduct a regular boat check to ensure that you have all the appropriate safety equipment loaded and fit for your purpose. Every passenger on deck must have a life jacket that is appropriate for their flotation needs.

Also, inspect your fire extinguishers and get a functioning carbon monoxide detector, notably if you have confined dormitories. Examine the anchor and rope, and upgrade your first-aid equipment as needed.

Inspect the fluid levels

One of the valuable assets you can do as the boating season approaches is to store it with all of its fluids at excellent levels. You should also apply a gasoline stabilizer to safeguard the boat’s fuel tank. Assess all fluid levels of coolant, gas, oil, and so on.

Preparing Your Boat for the Summer

Test the Lights

One of the most important steps, make sure all of the lights are working. To be safe, you’ll want them to be working appropriately if you sail the boat out at night or in the early morning. Secondly, keep the trolling motor and power trim (which adjusts the motor direction) in working condition.

Don’t forget Propellers and Hulls

You should check propellers for damages, dents, cracks, and pits. If damaged, these can create noise and cause problems to the steering wheel. The hull should be checked for any blisters, splits, or bends. Rectify them, if needed.

Wash out the Water Pumps and Thermostats

The water pump cools the engine by pumping water through a rubber impeller. Monitor the water pump to make sure water flows adequately through the engine to avoid overheating. Thermostats control the temperature of the liquid. Your motor will run the required room temperature when they perform properly. If not, they can result in inconsistent combustion in the cylinders. Consequently, carbon deposits might form, resulting in poor engine efficiency.

Takeaway

With these, there are several other types of marine repairs to check for once you start preparing your boat for the summer season. You need to closely inspect the bellows, risers, manifolds, trailers, bilge pump circuits, etc. If you are not sure how to make your boat run, then contact Goodwin Marine Services for the entire boat check-up.

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