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Used Boat Spring Cleaning Tips - 2014

March 9, 2014

The snow is starting to melt, the birds are starting to sing, and the yearning for the thrill of taking your boat on the water is pulling at you!

Taking care of your boat for a springtime launch is important! I've been on a number of trips where there's been a detail overlooked by the boat owner only to fail once we needed to be out on the water. Always check safety and lifesaving equipment first! Once you've had a chance to wash away the dust and scrub the boat make a checklist which is indicative of the boat's needs before you take the boat out after a long season's rest. Some of the best suggestions, are as follow:

Check the engine: Change the oil if it wasn't changed at the end of last season and check your oil filter. Check to make sure you've still got antifreeze in your lines in case the mix wasn't strong enough to keep the freeze plugs from blowing out. You could severely damage your engine by allowing it to run without proper coolant.

Test the battery: New batteries are a staple purchase at the start of a new boating season.

Check the canvas: Tears in boat canvas, seat covers and more can occur during your time away. Make sure to repair them before heading out. Make certain none of your ropes have rope rot!

Check the lines: Fuel lines, electric connections and wires, sail rigging and dock lines should all be inspected.

Paint inspection: Check for chips, cracks and other damage to the boat hull paint. Early repairs can save you from having to do a costly project later.

Hopefully, this will be a terrific year for you and your family on the water! is there to help you with buying or selling a new or used boat from your local dealer!

Source: Thomas Murray. Co-Owner


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