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Getting Your Boat Ready for the Season

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Spring is here and the sun and warm temperatures are around the corner.  Soon you will want to be out enjoying the sunshine out on the lake. Before you make your first trip on the boat this year, make sure your engine is top running shape. This article contains a list of some items to review before taking your boat out. This list does not represent everything you should check but does give good suggestions of where you should start and help you understand how to prepare a boat. Consider consulting a certified marine repair mechanic prior performing mechanical work your boat motor. Also get out that owner’s manual for maintenance instructions specific to your boat model.

If you find you need parts or service, look no further – we can help you with both.  For the do-it-yourselfer, we stock boat parts, oil, filters, lube – everything you need to get your boat in tip top shape.  For the boat owner that would rather relax and let us do the work, bring your boat in for your spring checkup soon. We will look over your boat motor and make sure your precious time out on the water is maximized with fun. Our mechanics attend several weeks of manufacturer training every winter so rest assured they are experts in their field and care about each and every boat they service. Feel free to check our on-line reviews for further evidence that you will be in good hands by choosing USBoatworks for Kansas City boat repair and service.

For those of you who prefer to watch a video, Dale does a great job of explaining what to do before taking your boat out for the first time this boating season. You can also read on for quick list of what to inspect.

Cables, Belts & Hoses
Always check for cracking that occurred during winter storage.
Control cables with cracks or swelling on the outer layer may indicate need to replace.Belts should fit tightly around the pulleys to prevent slipping. A worn belt may have a black substance near the pulley & also may fit loosely.
Contact your boat repair center or order cables online to replace yourself.

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Electrical Connections
Charge your battery and test it so you can be sure it will hold a charge. Electrical systems should be routinely inspected by a qualified technician.Review electrical connections for cleanliness and tightness. Check for corrosion which is often a sign that the connection may not be safe. Remove terminals and use a wire brush to clean connections and cable ends.

Propellers & Hulls

Inspect propellers for damage. Verify the propeller is properly secured.
If you experience unwanted vibration, poor performance and damage to the propulsion system, your prop may be damaged & need to be replaced.
Inspect the Hull – look for cracks & distortions. Clean the outside of your boat using an environmentally-safe cleaner.

Check your fuel lines for damage. Signs of damaged hoses can be either cracking, hard hoses or very soft hoses. Remember to check fuel hoses, connections and tank surfaces.
Insure clamps and fitting are secured.
Ensure the engine, exhaust and ventilation systems are also all functioning properly.

Fluid Levels
Check all fluid levels including
Engine oil- Change the oil if this was not done during winterizing. Include a new oil filter & change drive lubricants
Power trim reservoir
Power Steering Fluid

Safety Gear
Life jackets need to be in good condition It’s important for passengers to have access to the correct size life jacket for their body weight.
Onboard fire extinguishers must be the correct class for your boat, fully charged.

Inspect trailer wheels, verify that tires are inflated to proper level.
Check that trailer straps are not worn and are holding properly.
Verify that your trailer is the proper size for your boat.

You may also like our boat maintenance checklist.

The team at USBoatworks is excited about the upcoming boating season and looks forward to keeping you out on the water all year.