Before starting your boat up for the season, you must properly prepare the marine vehicle to ensure it is in good working order. If you simply place the boat in the water without proper preparations, you could potentially cause a simple problem that could have been fixed otherwise to worsen. Thankfully, the following tips will help you get your boat ready for summer.
Inspect the Interior
It is not uncommon for covers, seats and other canvas and vinyl items to develop mildew, become torn and stained throughout the year. Checking them before the boating season begins allows you fix in holes or tears that you find, and give the surface a good cleaning.
Examine the Hall
Look for chips, cracks or blisters along the hull. Repair any blisters you may find. If you notice the hull is chalky, it’s a possible sign of oxidation. Once the amount of oxidation has been determined, you should take the necessary action to restore its gelcoat. To help prevent future oxidation, follow the maintenance plan for your boat’s gelcoat.
Clean the Exterior
Use a marine safe cleaner to thoroughly clean the exterior surface of the boat. These cleaners are readily available at marine and boating stores. Next, apply a coat of wax as recommended your boat’s gelcoat maintenance plan.
Take this time to add in new accessories — such as those found at places like Wake Essentials — to your boat. Accessories like boat towers, mirrors and speakers can provide many benefits and may even make the season more enjoyable.
Replace the Windshield Wipers
Examine the windshield wipers to ensure they are in good condition and replace if necessary. You can help protect and prolong the rubber on the wipers by applying a lubricant designed for use on rubber. Some experts suggest storing the windshield wipers in a safe location out of the marine environment until needed.
Test the Electronics
The radio, compass, GPS, depth finder and other marine electronics should be tested to make sure they are working before setting off on your boating adventure. Repair or replace any non-working electronics as needed.