With temperatures rising, it’s just about time to take the boat out of storage and back on the water. Get the most out of your boat this season by following these spring preparation tips:
Inspect Your Fuel System
A faulty fuel system is one of the leading causes of engine troubles in boats fresh out of winter storage. Make sure your boat is running in top condition this year by thoroughly inspecting its fuel system. Look for damages to fuel hoses such as unusual softness or cracking. You’ll also want to make that all components are adequately locked down with fittings and clamps.
Check Your Fluid Levels
Spring is the best time to make sure all fluids in your boat are at adequate levels. Check the levels of engine oil, power steering fluid, power trim reservoirs, and coolant, refilling as necessary. If you didn’t change your engine oil and other fluids before winterizing your boat, now is the best time to do so.
Scan the Exterior of Your Boat
When your boat is out of the water and suspended in storage, it’s a good time to take a close look at it’s exterior. Scan the hull closely for any signs of damage such as blisters or cracks. You may also want to inspect the propellers for any cracks, nicks, or other signs of distortion. A damaged propeller can limit your boat’s performance and damage its drive train.
Wash Your Boat
Dust, dirt, and a few odd cobwebs have likely built up on your boat over the winter. Before you put your boat back on the water, give it a thorough cleaning. Wash the hull and deck with solutions that won’t damage ecosystems upon entering the water. You’ll also want to make sure that the motor and propellers are free from dust and grease.
When you’re ready to take your boat out of storage, contact Moose Landing Marina. We operate one of the largest fleets of boat transporters in Maine, and are capable of taking any sized boat to its destination. Call us at (207) 693-6264 to learn more.