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Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time to get boats out of wither storage and back into the water for millions of Americans in the United States. Preparation and cleaning should be a natural part of spring to help prevent problems that may keep your boat off the water once the season begins. As always, be sure to check The ROP Shop inventory of replacement boat and watercraft parts so you are always ready to go. Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time to get boats out of wither storage and back into the water for millions of Americans in the United States. Preparation and cleaning should be a natural part of spring to help prevent problems that may keep your boat off the water once the season begins. As always, be sure to check The ROP Shop inventory of replacement boat and watercraft parts so you are always ready to go.
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April 10, 2020

SPRING BOATING PREPARATION CHECKLIST

Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time to get boats out of wither storage and back into the water for millions of Americans in the United States. Preparation and cleaning should be a natural part of spring to help prevent problems that may keep your boat off the water once the season begins. As always, be sure to check The ROP Shop inventory of replacement boat and watercraft parts so you are always ready to go.

FUEL SYSTEM FOCUS

Let’s pretend that you are not one of our great followers who have already read our boat maintenance guide or winterizing checklist and take a good look at your fuel system. In fact, even if you do a great job of maintenance and winterizing, it is always good to re-examine the gasoline system for leaks or damage, paying specific attention to fuel hoses, connectors, and tank surfaces. You may have missed something or something may have happened while you were away for the season. At any rate, don’t pass over this point too quickly.

Softness, brittleness, or cracking are signs of a broken gasoline hose, so replace components as needed, and double-check that all fittings and clamps are securely fastened. Also check that the engine, exhaust, and ventilation systems are all working correctly. Plus before you pump, take a look. Filling your tank with fuel containing more than 10% ethanol (E10) can harm your engine.

INSPECT BELTS, CABLES & HOSES

  • Brittle or fractured belts, cables, and hoses could be dangerous. They should be inspected for any issues that developed during winter storage.
  • Make sure belts fit snugly around pulleys, preventing slippage. A worn belt may leave a black mark or slag on the pully or fit loosely.
  • To prevent possible or impending failure of cables, look for cracks or swells on the outside jackets of throttle, shift, and steering control cables.
Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time to get boats out of wither storage and back into the water for millions of Americans in the United States. Preparation and cleaning should be a natural part of spring to help prevent problems that may keep your boat off the water once the season begins. As always, be sure to check The ROP Shop inventory of replacement boat and watercraft parts so you are always ready to go. Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time to get boats out of wither storage and back into the water for millions of Americans in the United States. Preparation and cleaning should be a natural part of spring to help prevent problems that may keep your boat off the water once the season begins. As always, be sure to check The ROP Shop inventory of replacement boat and watercraft parts so you are always ready to go.

ELECTRIC SYSTEM INSPECTION

Broken or connections with corrosion are hazardous. You will want to inspect all electrical connections to see that they are clean, tight, and free of corrosion. Corroded connections are hazardous. You will want to remove corroded terminals and clean them with a wire brush, as well as any cable ends, and replace any broken ones. Then along with that, charge and test your battery to verify it can retain a charge.

A LOOK AT FLUID LEVELS

Engine oil, power steering fluid, coolant, and power trim reservoirs will all need a close examination. Plus, if you did not change the engine oil, oil filter, or drive lubricants prior to winterizing your boat, do so now.

PROPELLERS & HULL EXAMINATION

Some forget to look at their propellers. Examine them for dents, pitting, fractures, and deformation. Propeller damage can create undesired vibration and damage to your drive train. You will also want to make sure the propeller is correctly fastened, and replace bearings as needed.

When it comes to your hull, look for blisters, distortions, and fractures while examining. Use a cleaning solution to clean the hull, deck, and topsides.

Also, before each launch, double-check your drain cap is firmly in place.

SAFETY GEAR AND EQUIPMENT

Even though a life jacket doesn’t have an expiration date, as a child’s car seat does, a vest can become void if it has been repaired or altered. So, check your life jackets to verify they are in excellent working order and that there are enough for all prospective passengers. Along with this, you will want to see that everyone is wearing the appropriate size life jacket for their body weight.

Test and verify the expiration date of all onboard fire extinguishers and that they are of the appropriate class for your vessel, and stowed in a suitable location.

You will also want to make sure you have at least one properly placed and operational carbon monoxide detector in any enclosed or semi-enclosed space.

Consider having an EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon on board, and ready to use for emergency situations to guarantee your safety. Also be sure to take advantage of any safety checks provided by the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the USCG Auxiliary, or the United States Power Squadrons. They are there to help and you will get the best information for your situation.

SALE OFF INTO THE SUNSET

Boating is a fantastic way to relax, play and enjoy the world God has created. Begin the new boating season on a high note. Make sure you have another season of worry-free sailing and make your annual boat preparation easier, and as always, Stay Rugged.

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