How to Prepare for Spring Boating Season

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The best thing about spring is knowing that boating season is right around the corner. We all know the importance of winterizing boats, but boat preparation and maintenance are crucial before the start of boating season as well. April is the perfect time to start preparing for the upcoming season. Referencing a spring boat checklist can be a great resource.  

We’ve compiled some basic checklists below to consult for your spring boat launch.  

ENGINE AND FUEL SYSTEM 


  • Replace engine and transmission cooler zincs 

  • Inspect engine mounts 

  • Replace engine heater plugs 

  • Replace engine air filter 

  • Check the oil cooler for leaks 

  • Check level of the oil reservoir 

  • Commission engine at dock - check fluids, cooling, and oil pressure 

  • Soap and scrub bilges and engine pan and replace oil absorbent pads

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BELTS, CABLES, AND HOSES 


  • Inspect hoses and clamps for leaks and corrosion 

  • Inspect exhaust elbows 

  • Replace engine belts 

  • Inspect the boat's steering controls and linkage. Lubricate and adjust as necessary. 

  • Inspect wear ring & impeller 

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 


  • Examine all electrical connections on the boat's motor 

  • Before launch, clean all connections and hook up all terminals 

  • Apply anti-corrosive product to all connections 

  • Test and charge batteries as needed 

  • Test all mechanical systems for proper operation 

  • Check that all electronics function correctly  

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PROPELLERS AND HULLS 


  • Replace raw water pump impellers and gasket 

  • Inspect and clean raw water strainers 

  • Service hull sea cocks by removing barnacles and growths, lubricating the sea cocks, and confirm proper operation 

  • Examine the condition of shaft and boots 

  • Clean propeller of growth and check for damage to blades 

  • Install new zinc 

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WATER SYSTEM 


  • Replace holding tank filter 

  • Commission fresh water system and fill water tank 

  • Test all water systems and remove all non-toxic antifreeze, including head, shower sump, deck faucet, and all spigots in head and galley 

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EXTERIOR 


  • Prep and paint lower unit as needed 

  • Clean and paint strainers 

  • Prep and paint bottom 

  • Clean swim platform, boarding ladder, and boarding step 

  • Re-install exterior cushions and canvas 

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SAFETY 


  • Adjust windshield wipers and replace blades 

  • Inspect and certify fire extinguishers 

  • Make sure you have an adequate number of lifejackets onboard 

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INSURANCE  


  • Ensure that your boat insurance policy is up-to-date and you have proof of insurance in a safe place on the boat 

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