Spring is in the air and boating season is about to begin in full. At Scout Boats, we can’t wait for the warm weather and summer sun!
You can’t just rush to the water though. Before you head out, use these simple steps to prepare yourself, your equipment, and your boat for the entire year.
Have the Engine and Drive System Inspected
While Scout Boats use top-quality engines and components, it never hurts to take your boat in for a preseason inspection. If you’re knowledgeable about boat motors, you may be able to handle this yourself, but if you’re not completely sure, or you simply don’t have the time, take it to a qualified mechanic who can make sure your boat is ready for summer cruising.
Take a Look at the Propellers
This is an easy job for just about anyone. Take the time to look over the propellers on your boat and make sure there are no cracks, dents, or misalignments. A damaged propeller will disrupt performance and efficiency, and you’ll also want to make sure it is secured properly and the bearings are in tip-top shape. You may even want to purchase a couple spare propellers to keep in your boat in case of an emergency.
Check and Recharge the Batteries
Make sure the batteries on your boat are ready for the season. If they have been sitting all winter, especially in the cold, they may have lost power. If that’s the case, you’ll want to get them replaced or recharge them so you’re ready to go on Day 1.
Double Down on Safety
As a boater, you can never take safety too seriously. Start by inspecting all of your safety equipment, including life jackets, fire extinguishers, and the carbon monoxide detectors for enclosed areas. Make sure you have life jackets that will fit all of your passengers, and check the tag on your fire extinguisher to ensure it’s not expired.
You should also consider taking a safety course from the U.S. Coast Guard or another nautical organization. This will make you a safer boater for you and your passengers.
Wax the Hull
Give your pride and joy the royal treatment before boating season. Take the time to wash, polish, and wax your boat so it looks fantastic on the water. Start with a thorough cleaning to remove any salt, dirt, and grime then give it a good polishing to create a smooth, glossy surface. After that, apply a wax to protect your finish and keep your boat looking great all year long.
Prepare Your Fishing Equipment
Getting all those fishing poles and lures ready can take a long time, so get started early. Give all your reels new fishing line and fresh oil, and organize your tackle box so you’re a more efficient angler. If you need nets, hooks, knives, or any other fishing gear, now is the time to go out and purchase them.
Don’t Forget the Trailer
If you tow your boat, you can’t forget to check your trailer. First off, take care of the registration so you are legal to pull on the trailer. Next, check your rollers and pads and inspect the wheel bearings to make sure they roll smoothly. Clean and lubricate the winch, tongue jack, and wheels, and check the tire pressure. Make sure the safety chain and tongue lock are in good shape and you’ll be ready to roll.
Find the Perfect Fishing Boat For The Season
Visit Scout today and find the right fishing boat for you and your family. Whether you want a large boat for a big group, or a small boat for nimble fishing adventures, we have the boat you need.