It’s coming. You can almost feel it. With every day that passes, the temperature grows a little warmer, the days get a little longer, and you just know it won’t be long until you’re back to boating.
While you might not be able to go boating yet, you can do the next best thing: get your boat ready for the boating season. By starting your spring commissioning now, you’ll make sure your boat is ready to hit the water immediately once the boating season is here.
Here are a few tips for spring commissioning.
- Take advantage of your boat being out of the water: Check its exterior for any blisters or cracks; make any needed repairs and do any needed repainting. Then wash your hull and give it a fresh coat of wax.
- A damaged propeller can sap your fuel efficiency. Check your prop for any dents or dings.
- A dead battery can be a heartbreaker on launch day. Check that your battery is charged and that its connections are clean. Once it is charged, top it off with distilled water.
- Over the winter, creatures like mice love to hang out and chew wiring in boat engine compartments. Check your compartment to make sure your wiring and electrical connections are in good shape.
- Check your oil and top off your fluids. Inspect your spark plugs and fuel filters to see if they should be changed. Also, inspect your hoses and clamps.
- Look for any chafing on your dock and anchor lines.
- Make sure your bilge pump is working properly.
- Check the expiration dates on your flares and fire extinguishers.
- If you trailer your boat, inspect your trailer. Make sure the tires are in good condition and are properly inflated. Look for cracks in your tread and sidewalls. Inspect your lights and brakes, and grease your wheel bearings. Also check your trailer frame for rust, and do any sanding and painting, if needed.