Getting Your Boat Back On the Water

We love the spring for so many reasons. Sunny days, warmer temperatures and more time outside lead the reasons we look forward to this time of the year. When it comes time to get back onto your boat, there are some steps you should take to properly de-winterize your boat to safely get back out on the water.

The most important thing to do when taking your boat out of storage is a complete and thorough inspection. You will want to make sure that all parts and mechanisms are in proper working order. Some tangible steps to take:

Change the engine and out-drive oil; and replace the oil filters as well.

Check your battery – if you need water in your battery, a dry battery will no longer be functional. Make sure to check amps and volts; if anything seems awry, change out the battery.

Hopefully you drained the lines of the cooling system prior to winter so lines wouldn’t freeze. Look closely at hoses for any cracks or stress areas.

Having a full gas tank throughout the winter would have prevented unwanted moisture; also make sure that fuel filter lines are not cracked from the cold.
Getting Your Boat Back On the Water

Remove the distributor cap, check for corrosion and completely clean out the distributor.

Check the belts for signs of wear, including loose fittings or worn areas; especially focus on the alternator belt which tends to have a shorter life. Black soot near the pulley is a good sign that your belt may need replacing.

Once you check all these parts, make sure that all pieces are properly reattached and functional.

Safety should be your biggest concern when getting back out on the water this spring and summer. So have a professional give your vessel a thorough check-up; and make sure your Sign and Glide membership is in place! Because sometimes, even when you do everything to avoid a breakdown, it happens. If it does, just call Sign and Glide – we’ve got you covered. Have a great season!