Getting ready to head out to Jordan Lake? Lake Johnson? Lake Wheeler? Outer Banks? Spring is here, and you’re ready to get out on the water. But, is your boat ready?
Even if you’ve kept it properly stored for the winter and protected from the elements, there are still a number of things you need to do before hitting your local lakes and rivers.
While much of your focus will be on the boat itself, don’t forget other important things, such as your trailer, your vessel registration and, of course, your watercraft insurance coverage. (Of COURSE we do that!)
As for the boat and trailer, check out these tips from Discover Boating, which provides boating information and public outreach on behalf of the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
Engine and Electric
Your boat’s been sitting for a few months, so it’s not ready to zip across the water just yet. Here are a few things to check before firing up the ignition:
Damage to your propeller or hull can make for an unpleasant day on the water. Here are some things to look for:
You should treat your trailer with as much care as your boat. After all, you can’t go boating if you can’t get your boat to the water.
No matter how well your boat runs, you should never run it without the proper safety equipment. So take inventory of what’s onboard to be sure you have: