Spring is here and that means it’s time to get your boat back in the water. But before you do take some time to get it ready. A good spring routine will help you enjoy the season and keep your boat in great shape. Here are a few tips to get you started.
- Inspection: Take a few minutes to go over the boat from top to bottom. Look for any obvious signs of disrepair such as cracks in the hull, worn out wiper blades or interior mildew. You may find it hard to see dark areas of your boat, so a THOR Portable Light will certainly come in handy during the inspection.
- Engine: Did you change the oil as part of your winterizing routine? If not, this is your first step along with changing the oil filter. You will also want to check your coolant, transmission fluid, fuel filters and change where necessary.
- Batteries and Isolators: Check the battery water level, as there may have been some evaporation over the winter. You will then need to make sure your battery is fully charged before connecting. Once this is complete it’s time to start the engine. This is also a good time to review your potential power needs such as THOR battery isolators and spare fuses.
- Inverter Connections and cables: Make sure that you check the terminals on the DC-AC Inverter and batteries for possible corrosion. Corroded terminals or battery posts can result in a dramatic loss in performance. Also check inverter wiring harnesses for possible cracking and decay. If you find that you need a new wiring harness, a good option is the THOR Inverter Install Kit
- Cleaning: Give your boat a good cleaning, inside and out. Invest the time to polish metal surfaces and clean the upholstery, windows, hatches, boat cover and canvas. You don’t want to be burdened with this during the middle of boat season; taking care to clean your boat will maintain its good condition. To really get your boat shining, apply a new coat of wax once the exterior has been cleaned.
- Paperwork: Is your boat insurance still valid, or does it need an update for coverage? Make sure that your registration is up-to-date, and that you have a valid fishing license if you plan to fish.
- Safety: Check your lifejackets – they should be in good shape. You may also need to purchase larger sizes for growing children.
Now that you’ve gotten your boat ready for the upcoming season, get some sunscreen and enjoy your time on the water. Please contact your THOR sales representative at (866) 955-THOR (8467) or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on ideal products for your boat.