Spring is finally here, which means it's time to start thinking about getting your boat ready for the upcoming season. At Eagle Engine and Transmission, we understand that preparing your boat for the water can be a daunting task. That's why we've put together a helpful guide to ensure your boat is in top shape for the upcoming season.
1. Inspect Your Boat's Engine & Transmission
Before you hit the water, it's essential to check your boat's engine and transmission to ensure they're in proper working condition. Inspect all fluid levels, including the engine oil, transmission fluid, and coolant. If any of these levels are low, top them off to avoid damage to your engine or transmission. Check the condition of all belts and hoses, and replace them if they show signs of wear or cracking.
2. Replace Worn or Damaged Parts
After a winter of storage, it's possible that your boat's parts may have become worn or damaged. Before you hit the water, inspect your boat's fuel system, electrical system, steering system, and propellers. If you notice any signs of wear or damage, it's essential to replace these parts before heading out on the water. Eagle Engine and Transmission offers a wide selection of both new and remanufactured parts to fit any budget.
3. Check Your Boat Battery
A dead battery can put a damper on your boating plans. Before the season starts, it's important to check your boat's battery to ensure it's holding a charge. If your battery is more than three years old, it may be time to replace it.
4. Clean & Wax Your Boat
After a winter of storage, your boat is likely in need of a thorough cleaning. This is also an excellent opportunity to wax your boat to protect it from the elements. Cleaning and waxing your boat will not only make it look great but also extend its lifespan.
5. Create a Pre-Launch Checklist
Before you hit the water, it's a good idea to create a pre-launch checklist to ensure you haven't missed anything. Some things to include on your checklist include:
Verify your boat's registration and insurance are up to date
Check the weather forecast
Check your boat's lights, including navigation lights and interior lights
Test your bilge pump to ensure it's functioning properly
Verify you have all the necessary safety equipment on board, including life jackets and a first aid kit
Preparing your boat for the upcoming season can be a time-consuming task, but it's well worth it to ensure your boat is in top shape for the water. By following these tips and creating a pre-launch checklist, you can ensure your boat is ready to hit the water and enjoy the season ahead. If you need any parts or have any questions about preparing your boat for the water, Eagle Engine and Transmission is here to help.