Summer is the perfect time to break out your boat and hit the open waters. But before you take it anywhere, you need to make sure it’s in top shape for the season. You can get the most out of used boats by giving them the proper care and performing routine maintenance checks. Use the following checklist to ensure your vessel is ready to go.
How to Prepare Your Used Boat for the Season
1. Get a Tune-Up
Start the season off with a tune-up. Even if you feel comfortable with the engine on your used boat, play it safe and have it checked by a professional. A mechanic will ensure everything is running smoothly by inspecting components like the spark plugs, water pump, warning alarms, and lubricant in the lower unit.
2. Check the Electrical Systems
The battery has been sitting for months, so you’ll likely need to charge it, or else replace the part if it’s about four years old. Before you go on your first outing, slow-charge the battery overnight. To avoid it dying in the middle of a lake, bring it to a used boat dealer for testing. They will determine whether you’ll need to buy a new one.
3. Start Cleaning
Even if you keep a boat cover on the vessel all winter, dust, grime, and mold will find their way in. Clean and polish all metal components, wash windows and hatches, and tidy up the hull, topsides, and deck with a mild detergent. Clear your drains and scuppers, and clean your canvas, bimini, or dodger.
4. Top off Fluids
Make sure all your fluids are topped off. Check on the power trim and steering, as well as the transmission, engine, and gear oils. For those using automotive antifreeze for an inboard engine, be careful not to let it run off, and remember to dispose of it safely.
5. Replace Corroded Zincs
Zincs used on boats are called “sacrificial anodes” because they give up electrons to protect the other metals from the electrical current in the water. If your zincs are corroded, your sterndrives, prop shaft, rudders, and propellers are at risk for some very expensive damage. Replace them if necessary.
Ready to set sail this summer? Follow these tips or head to Curbside Motors for a used boat in Lakewood and Tacoma, WA. Their friendly customer service, flexible financing options, and excellent inventory make them the area’s go-to dealership for deals on vehicles and vessels. To speak with a representative today, call (253) 777-0620. If you’d like to learn more about them and their selection, visit the website.