Key Tips for Taking Your Boat Out of Storage

Published on 3/1/2023

As the boating season approaches, you're probably excited to get to the boat storage and into the water. You're not alone. According to Statista, 87 million adults participate in recreational boating in the United States every year. Before you take your boat out of storage, there are a few things you should do to make sure your boat is in good condition and ready for a season of fun. Here are some tips to help get your boat out of storage and ready for the water.

Inspect the Interior and Exterior

The first thing you should do when getting your boat out of storage is inspect the exterior and interior of the boat. Look for any damage that may have occurred since the last time you used it, such as cracks or leaks in the hull. Check the battery and make sure it's charged and still holds a charge well. Check the fuel and oil and make sure they are at the correct levels. You should also double-check all the equipment and safety gear, such as life jackets, flares, and fire extinguishers, to make sure they are in good working condition.

Service the Mechanical Systems

Next, you should service the boat's mechanical systems. This includes the engine, outdrive, steering, and electrical systems. Change the oil and filter, and check the coolant levels as well. Make sure to check the hoses and belts for wear and replace them if necessary, as well as the steering and the outdrive. Double-check the boat's electrical systems, such as the lights and gauges to be sure they are working properly.

Clean the Boat

Finally, you should give your boat a good cleaning. This includes washing the exterior of the boat, as well as cleaning the interior. Clean the upholstery and carpets, and remove any mildew or mold that may have formed during storage. Also, be sure to clean the windows, mirrors, and all equipment and safety gear.

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