You + boat = best summer ever
Whoa, whoa. We’re getting ahead of ourselves a little bit here. It’s true that having a boat (including a boater’s license) is a great way to spend the summer, but you’re going to want to do all the necessary prep work to make that possible. Keep on reading for some essential things to keep in mind when prepping your boat.
Check the boat’s condition
A little obvious yes, but you’re going to want to check out every nook and cranny of your vessel before you hit the water. Note any repairs that are needed and if you can’t make them yourself, take it to someone who knows what they’re doing. You’ll also want to get a pre-summer tune-up. Your mechanic will know exactly what to look for so your fuel efficiency is maximized for the season.
Test operating systems
With the above being said, other necessary components you’ll want to check include power steering, the battery, GPS, compass, and depth finder. The battery is important to note, especially if your boat has been sitting for weeks or months. Tip: If your battery is four or more years old, it’s probably time to get a new one.
Familiarize yourself with safety rules
Just like a car, a boat has to abide by speed limits, plus there must be enough lifejackets or Personal Flotation Devices for each person on the watercraft. In addition, the driver cannot be drinking alcoholic beverages; however, passengers 18 and over (while in Manitoba) may indulge if:
- The boat has a cooking facility
- There’s a sleeping cabin
- There’s a toilet
- The boat is anchored
Trailer prep is just as important as prepping the boat itself (because you have to transport it somehow.) Ensure the brake and signal lights are in order, the wheel bearings are greased, the tires are in good shape (including spares just in case), and lastly, ensure there are no axle problems.
Although not a major requirement, if you want your boat to look as great as it possibly can, you’re going to want to roll up your sleeves and do some cleaning. A little bit of soap goes a long way, plus, it’s a lot easier to notice damage on a clean boat.