We all know how much fun boating is, and how it’s great to share it with the entire family. The weather is great, and the season is officially here! For those of you that are boat-owners, here is a list of a few check-ups to get your boat ready to go. Of course, if you are a member of the Bartlett Lake Boat club, all your boats are ALWAYS ready to go!
First Things First
You may as well get the legal requirements out of the way first. Make sure if you need a license, it’s up to date. Also check your registration and decals. Nothing will ruin a great day on the lake more than having a run-in with the authorities because you forgot to update something simple like your paperwork. So first things first, update all your legal information.
Make Sure it Still Runs!
Now that the legal requirements are done, it’s time to inspect the hull and all other parts of the boat for damage that may have occurred since the last time you used it. Make sure your engine is running properly, and is in good working condition. Turn the engine on, check the battery, and make sure that it’s charged up. Also, check all the electronics, radios and navigation lights to make sure they are all working. The short time it will take you to do this before you get out on the water will pay off by preventing any problems once you are out there.
Ensure a Safe Trip
Next, check out all your boat’s safety equipment, ensuring not only a fun, but safe trip for you and your passengers. All the life jackets should be inspected, and in particular look for any holes or tears that might interfere with their effectiveness. If you have children, be sure to check that your life jackets still fit them. Kids grow so fast that jackets that fit them last season may very well be way too small for them this year. Also remember, you need a life jacket for each passenger on your boat. Don’t forget to check any other safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, making sure each one is full, and in good working condition.
Lastly, don’t forget to make sure your first-aid kit is fully stocked, that you have backup means of communicating with shore in the event of an emergency, and that you have a working bilge pump and anchor on board.
So now that you know your boat is all ready to go, make sure to check your trailer too. Don’t start the season without first checking the tires and the rest of the trailer to ensure you are able to safely transport your boat to the lake.
You Are Ready to Go!
So with just a little prep-work out of the way, you are now ready to hit the water with your loved ones! And you will rest easy knowing that whatever unforeseen situation that comes up, (and it will!), you are prepared to handle it! So get out on the water and have fun!