Prepping for Spring: Getting the Boat Out

Start off the boating season right by prepping your boat before the warm weather gets here. Having the boat ready to hit the water makes spring and summer much more fun, so here’s some things to check out before your boat gets wet.

Fuel System

Check for leaks, damage or signs of loose hoses. If fuel hoses feel too soft, or they show cracking or brittlenesses then it’s best to replace them. Make sure all fittings are tight and secure. Replace anything that seems damaged or worn before heading out.

Electric System

Clean the terminals of batteries, check cables for loose connections or corrosion and test the battery before recharging it. Having a fully functional electrical system will ensure the boat starts and operates the way it was meant to.

Safety Equipment

Boating can be dangerous, so ensuring that fire extinguishers, life jackets and emergency beacons are all onboard depending on where you are heading. If you have a cabin area, make sure there are working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to warn anyone in case of emergency. Often the Coast Guard will offer safety inspections for vessels heading out into coastal waters, and it’s always a good idea to take advantage of the offer.

Props and Hull

Making certain that the mechanical parts of the boat, as well as the integrity of the hull, are all in top shape is a top priority. A damaged propeller can cause disruptive vibration throughout the boat that can lead to issues with the drivetrain. The hull needs to be clean and free from damage before heading out, so as not to risk taking on water or contaminating the water when you launch. As always, be sure the drain plug is securely in place every time you get ready to put your boat into the water.

One of the best ways to protect your investment in your boat is to make sure you have adequate insurance as well. If anything goes wrong, having it covered by insurance can take a lot of the stress away, so be sure to call us (865-922-3111 or Toll Free 800-624-3339) and make sure your coverage is adequate for what you need.

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