- June 24, 2021
- Category: Tips & Advice
Summer is upon us and it’s time to get your boat cleaned and prepped to spend the next couple of months in the water. Just like winterizing your boat, preparing your boat for the summer months is a process with several steps you should be mindful of. Be sure to check these steps off your to-do list before leaving the dock for some warm-weather adventures.
Charge your boat’s battery
If your boat has been sitting unused, you’ll want to check your battery and charge if necessary. Did you know your boat’s battery could lose as much as 30% of their charge over the winter? If your battery is approximately four years of age it may be time to replace it. Inspect the battery, cables, and posts for corrosion. If you find any problems take it to your local mechanic.
Inspect your safety gear and equipment
In Canada, you’re legally required to have a life jacket or personal floatation device readily accessible on board for each person on your boat. So, check your floatation devices for holes and tears and replace any that are damaged. This is also a great time to inspect your fire extinguishers, flares, and any other safety equipment you have on your boat.
Check your fuel system and fluid levels
Your coolant, engine oil, and transmission fluid will likely need to be filled up or changed for the summer. Drain whatever is left and fill your boat with new fluid. While you’re checking your boat’s fluid levels, also check for rust and damage to your boat’s fuel system. The winter months can be hard on your boat, so if you see any damage replace it immediately.
Change oil and filters
Remove and replace fuel filters regularly. If you didn’t change your oil or filters before putting your boat in storage, now’s the time to do it.
Make sure your boat is insured
Before you get out on the water make sure you have the proper boat insurance coverage in the event of a claim. This is also a good time to make sure your boating license and registration is valid and current.