Summer is here and it's time to bring your boat out of storage and get it ready for some fun on the water. Whether your boat has been in storage for a few months or a whole year, there are some essential steps you need to take before launching it back into the water. Firstly, inspect the boat carefully for any damage that may have occurred during storage. Check for cracks, dents or any other signs of damage that may have occurred during transportation or while in storage. This is also a good time to check all the fittings and hardware to ensure that everything is secure and in good condition. Next, check the battery and make sure it is fully charged. If it has been a while since you last used your boat, the battery may have lost its charge. Check the connections to make sure they are clean and tight. If the battery is more than a few years old, it may be time to replace it.
Now, it's time to check the engine. Start by checking the oil level and making sure it's at the right level. If the oil is dirty, it's a good idea to change it before starting the engine. Check the fuel system for any signs of damage or leaks, and make sure the fuel tank is full with fresh fuel.
Don't forget to check the hull of the boat for any signs of damage or wear. Clean the hull and make sure there are no barnacles or other marine growth on the bottom. This can cause drag and make the boat harder to maneuver.
Once you've completed these essential checks, it's time to launch the boat back into the water. Take it slowly at first, and make sure everything is working properly before heading out on the open water. Remember to take all the necessary safety precautions, such as wearing life jackets and carrying the appropriate safety equipment.
In conclusion, bringing your boat out of storage requires a bit of effort and attention to detail, but it's worth it to ensure a safe and enjoyable boating experience. By following these simple steps, you can get your boat back in tip-top shape and ready for some fun on the water. So, grab your sunscreen, gather your friends and family....it's almost time to and head out for a day of boating fun.