After a long winter sitting in storage, the return of warm weather means it’s time to prep your boat for the open water. Not sure what you should do to get your boat ready for spring use? Then here are some of the steps that you should take.
If you have properly winterized your boat before putting it into storage, then you should not have to change your oil or oil filter. However, you should recheck the lower unit to ensure that water has not seeped into the tank. Creamy oil indicates water, which means you will have to change out your oil again. If you removed your boat’s battery prior to winter storage, then now is the time to reinstall it. After putting the battery back in, make sure all electrical connections are tightened and the battery is secure.
Before taking your boat out on the water, you should also inspect your well to ensure that all the hoses are secure and your various belts and cables are in good condition. If you find that any components have become brittle, then make sure you have them replaced. You should also verify that you have not left any equipment or supplies in the well on accident. Finally, check that your drain plug is secured.
Many boat owners forget to check their registration and permits before shoving off. Unfortunately, if your documents are expired, then this can lead to annoying financial and legal consequences. This is why you should check your registration and permits to ensure that they are all up to date. If not, then update them and replace all the necessary stickers on your boat.
These are some of the steps that you should take to get your boat ready for spring use. Remember, having the right personal watercraft insurance is another way to ensure that your boat is ready for anything. For assistance with all your boat insurance needs, contact the experts at Phocus Insurance in Phoenix, Arizona, today.
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