Get Your Boat Ready For The Water With This Spring Maintenance Checklist

boats for saleWarm weather is finally here, which means America's boaters can pick up their anchors and get their vessels ready for a serious fishing season. But before you restock your bait and hooks, it's important to give your boat the springtime love and care it needs before you hit the water.

That being said, here's your fishing boat maintenance to-do list to get your vessel ready for those weekend wonders.


You've Got The Power: Check Your Boat's Batteries
The first place to begin your spring maintenance on your boat is to check the batteries. After all, if they don't work you won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

You want to be sure the battery is charged, but not overcharged. When you overcharge a battery, you can actually reduce the battery's lifespan because the battery will boil away too much acid.


In many cases, you can have your battery tested at your local auto parts store. But if you can't, it may be in your best interest to buy your own battery tester.

Check Your Connection
Once you're sure your boat's battery is up and running, it's essential to check your boat's connections, wires, and hoses. Hoses are made out of rubber, which can become loose or cracked with age.

Damaged fuel and oil hoses can be a recipe for disaster. They're also critical for your boat's overall performance, so don't skip this step when getting your boat ready for the water.


Additionally, it's a good idea to check your boat's wiring especially if the boat is on the older side. You can never be too sure that a pest hasn't made its way into your boat's coverage during the winter and gnawed its way through the wiring.

Rev Your Engines
Similar to your connections, your boat's engine is critical to the boat's overall performance. You'll want to inspect your engine and steering cables for any potential damage in need of repair.

If you think your engine may be in need of a replacement, it's best to replace it as soon as possible.


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