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Due to the pandemic, you might have missed your chance to enjoy time on your boat last summer. Thankfully, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and this summer looks much more promising. In preparation for a return to normal life, let’s start getting your boat ready for summer. These tips will ensure you’re ready to get on the water as fast as possible so you can enjoy every single moment.
Inspecting the Hull and Props
The most exposed to outside hazards and damage, the hull and propeller will need a thorough inspection to ensure there aren’t any abnormalities or damages that could potentially hinder your vessel on the water. For basic maintenance, give the hull a thorough cleaning and a fresh coat of wax to refresh and protect the hull’s appearance and integrity. As for your propeller—arguably one of the most important aspects of a boat—check for broken or bent blades, wear and tear, and corrosion. Furthermore, knowing when to replace your propeller is just as important to prevent damage to other parts of your boat and keep the performance as optimal as possible.
Test the Instrumentation
Turn on the boat to ensure all your navigational equipment and other instrumentation and electricals are working as intended. You wouldn’t want to lower your boat onto the water only to find out the battery is dead or the instrumentation has become uncalibrated or completely broken. Like the propeller, your electrical systems can become corroded and worn out, requiring a professional to take a look and make the necessary repairs on them.
Restock on Safety Equipment
One of the most overlooked aspects of getting your boat ready for the summer is neglecting to restock your boat with the necessary safety equipment. Personal flotation devices, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits may all seem a little unnecessary, but it’s best to be prepared for any scenario. If you already have these items in your boat, you should inspect them to ensure they’re still in good enough condition to do their job in the heat of an emergency.