Preparing Your Boat for Spring

Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start preparing your boat for the water. Even though you took all the proper steps to prepare your boat for winter storage in Canby, OR, there are still some preparations you’ll need to do before hitting the water. To help ensure your boat is safe and ready for the water, Oliver Insurance has gathered a few tips to prepare your boat for spring.

Check the Fluids

Winterizing your boat meant making sure the oil was full and the oil filter was clean, but unfortunately even while in storage, it’s possible for water, dirt or debris to get into the oil. If you notice a creamy consistency in the oil, it typically indicates water. Make sure to drain the oil and replace it with new, clean oil. This is also the ideal time to check and fill all other fluids, including the gas.

Inspect for Damages

There are a number of things that can cause damages to the boat while it’s in storage. For instance, rodents often find their way into storage units and cause damage to life jackets, upholstery, and wiring. Carefully inspect all areas of the boat, including the electrical wiring and safety gear, such as life jackets, to ensure there are no rips or tears and replace all damaged items before putting the boat in the water.

Wash the Boat

Not only do you want your boat to look its best while on the water, but dirt and dust can also find its way into the motor, so it’s important to thoroughly wash the boat (inside and out). Make sure to apply conditioner to the upholstery to prevent the risk of drying from the sun. If necessary, take the boat to the local marina to have the engine steam cleaned.

One of the most important things to do when preparing your boat for spring is to make sure your insurance policies are up-to-date. Remember to make a copy of the policies to keep on hand in the boat. If you have made any changes to your boat or have replaced your old boat with a new one, don’t forget to let your insurance provider know about the changes.

Residents of Canby, OR interested in learning more information about boat insurance or upgrading their policy should contact Oliver Insurance.