Advice on preparing boats for summer.
This is truly an exciting time of year!
The boating forums are buzzing with questions on how to get their boat ship shape for their first trip down the ramp and out on open water. Whether you own a boat or rent them for an afternoon to a week you should spend the time to check your boat and be sure it is ready to take out on the water. It doesn’t get much more embarrassing and frustrating than having everyone gathered at the dock or the ramp expecting to have a great day out on the water then to turn the key and hear the starter grinding, grinding, grinding and not have the engine start! Some of the things you should remember to check or have checked by a professional when you de-winterize your boat (so you can save time and face) are going to follow in separate posts. The suggestions to follow are ones that I have found helpful, but it is always a good idea to see your owners manual or to consult your boat mechanic as they will know your boat better then I do. That said it is usually worth it to take your boat to a marina and have the boat serviced by them if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, it should only take an hour or two. But, before you shove off whether renting or taking your own boat it is a good idea to check the engines, the steering, the bilge, the bilge pump, the oil, the fuel, the trim, the horn, and the VHF radio.
P.S. Here are a few sites that may help you get ready.