August 11, 2022 3 min read

Excellent boat maintenance is the key to a good summer boating season. This ensures your safety in the water and the vessel's quality performance.

While boat preparation may seem overwhelming or tedious, especially for new boat owners, it's a crucial process to identify cosmetic concerns and maintenance needs before the summer season begins. Here are five ways to prepare your boat for summer boating.

Conduct a Boat Inspection

Boat inspections are meant to ensure that your vessel meets specific safety standards, such as the Code of Federal Regulations.

A surveyor determines the measures suitable for your boat type based on the intended use. Get your boat inspected by a licensed inspection technician because they can evaluate your boat's safety and won't cause you or your vessel any harm.

sailing boat on sunset

Boat inspections usually focus on your vessel’s mechanical integrity and safety. They involve checking your boat’s mechanical, electrical, and structural systems.

These inspections are an excellent way to ascertain your vessel’s operational performance, safety, and reliability. They also reduce disruptions and downtime by proactively addressing possible concerns and planning for the boat repairs or maintenance you may require.

Install a T-Top

While summer is an excellent time to boat, the heat can dampen your boating experience and expose you to the sun's ultraviolet rays. A T-Top offers a shade without a speed limit and doesn't need you to dunk when standing under it.

Properly made T-Tops, including Stryker T-Tops, complement your boat's look, and their strength and performance are unmatched. T-Tops come in various colors, meaning you can give your vessel any aesthetic look you prefer. They can also be customized to suit your boat's needs and specifications, making it stand out. Adding a T-Top increases your boat’s resale value if and when you decide to sell it.

Clean Your Boat

Boat cleaning is a vital part of its maintenance that helps you eliminate dirt, debris, staining, and mold. It prolongs the useful life of the materials exposed to the environment, keeps the boat looking good, and in most cases, improves functionality. For effective vessel cleaning, focus on the interior and exterior surfaces, teak, and engine.

Consider the non-slip fiberglass, marine carpet, cushions, vinyl, and heads when cleaning your boat's interior. For the exterior part, concentrate on gel-coat and hull surfaces, isinglass and canvas, hull bottoms, teak, and engines. While you can clean your boat yourself, comprehensive cleaning can be a lot of work, so consider hiring a boat detailing professional.

summer boating

Check the Battery

If your boat has been sitting around unused for months, consider inspecting its strength.

Boat electronics like radio, radar, GPS, and stereo can drain the battery, so switch it off whenever not in use. Since boat batteries last between two to five years based on their care, consider replacing yours at four if you've properly maintained it.

Inspect your battery for rust or corrosion and clean the connections with a wire brush if necessary. You can increase your battery's life expectancy by greasing and cleaning it regularly.

Inspect Your Safety Equipment

Boat safety equipment helps you ensure your safety and security when in water. Check the fire extinguisher, horn, various lights, and more to ensure functionality.

Endnote

Getting your boating vessel ready for the season enhances its reliability, safety, and performance. Use these tips to prepare your boat for summer boating.

Author - Aleksandra Djurdjevic
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aleksandra Djurdjevic          

Senior Content Creator

Aleksandra Djurdjevic is a senior writer and editor, covering surf, kayak and various watersports activities. She has previously worked as ESL teacher for English Tochka. Aleksandra graduated from the Comparative Literature department at the Faculty of Philosophy in Serbia. Aleksandra’s love for the ocean / rivers, getting out waves, season after season, seeking epic adventures across the globe helps her continue to be a top expert at CSG.



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