Feeling that spring fever? Getting back onto the water is exciting, but dewinterizing and properly preparing are important tasks as well. Your spring tasks should include tune-ups, inspection, and doing a bit of spring cleaning to help prevent issues later on in the season. Our tips on how to properly prepare your boat for spring follow below.
While the weather is still a bit iffy, it’s a good time to take a boat safety course or, if you haven’t already, obtain a boating safety certificate. You’ll also want to take a look through all your owner’s manuals and read up on all kinds of maintenance guidelines that are good to keep in the back of your head. Whatever components or systems are onboard, now is as good a time as any to learn more about them.
Tune Up Your Boat
All of your safety equipment on board, from fire extinguishers, to flares, to first aid kits, should all be inspected. If necessary, repair or restock any of them, too. Take the time to inspect all of the lights on your vessel to make sure they are functioning properly. Take a look for any electrical issues, like loose, corroded, or disconnected conductors. Make sure your battery is properly secured as well. Finally, ensure there aren’t any leaks in your fuel tank. You can always schedule a free vessel safety check with the USCG Auxiliary.
Brush Up on Basics
Make sure you’re following all safe launching practices, including running your blower before you head out. You should pay close attention to your engine temperature so nothing overheats. Go over basic safety practices with any passengers that may be on board, especially children who may be unfamiliar.
Reach Out to Tidewater Today!
If you’re in the greater Baltimore area and are in need of boat services, contact Tidewater Yacht Service at 410-625-4992 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our location is at 321 East Cromwell Street Baltimore, MD 21230. Get in touch with us today! Whether you need hauling, systems repaired, or storage, we have the experience and expertise to help. We’ve been providing our services to the Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years and know how to properly handle your vessel with care.