“You bought a boat last year. It has been in storage since September, and you now want to take it out of storage in preparation for the summer. However, being in storage, you want to make sure that your boat will function well, so you are giving yourself enough time to adequately prepare your boat for the season.
Does this sound familiar?
Many boaters experience this every year as they start to prepare their boats for the season. Like any recreational vehicle, a lot of preparation goes into getting boats ready for the season, especially for those who want to keep their boats in excellent condition.
Boats are a major purchase and it is important that you take all of the necessary steps to keep your boat in the best condition possible. Whether this be through simple maintenance tips like keeping it clean, to major restorative work like fixing cracks and splits.
If you are new to boating, or even an experienced boater who wants to learn something new or reinforce their knowledge, this article is for you.
Many seasoned boat owners take meticulous care when preparing their boat for the boating season. That season, the summer, is soon coming up, so you should take care of your boat as well. Preparing your boat may seem like a tedious task, or an overwhelming obstacle for the new or first-time boat owner, but it is a vital process to discover maintenance issues, cosmetic issues, and more, prior to launching your boat. If not, your boat’s performance may suffer.
In this article, we will discuss the best ways that you can prepare your boat for the season. The more work and effort you put in now, the more enjoyable your boating experiences will be. Let’s get started!
Why Boat Preparation Matters (At Any Time of the Year)
Preparing your boat for the season is relatable to the process of purchasing a boat in the first place. When purchasing a boat, you can either purchase one new, or one used. The used boat will be cheaper, but there may be additional work that needs to be done before it can be seaworthy. The new boat is more expensive but it is ready to be launched “as is.”
Instead of a commitment of money (although boat prep may cost money depending on the status of your boat), consider the commitment of time. It takes time to prepare a boat, no matter how long you have had it. A boat is like any other vehicle.
If your boat requires a lot of preparation, expect to spend a significant amount of time preparing it for the upcoming boating season. If not, expect to spend significantly less time. The amount of time you spend is correlated to the amount of work you need to put in, just like how the amount of money you spend is correlated inversely to the amount of work after purchasing your boat.