The great spring weather is arriving in most areas of the country, and if you own a powerboat, then you are likely eager to get it out onto the water where it really belongs. Before excitement gets in the way of logic, be sure that your boat is really ready for the spring and summer, so you can enjoy your boat all summer without worries. Follow these tips, and you can then boat all summer long with no hassles that could arise if you are too eager and get out on the water without making sure your boat is really prepared for whatever comes its way. 1. Inspect and Prepare Your Motor Your boat’s motor is one of the most important items to inspect before you get on the water, as you don’t want it to act up when you are far from the shore and leave you stranded in the middle of the lake or ocean. You can, of course, hire a professional to inspect and prepare your motor for you, but if think you can do it yourself, then follow these guidelines for spring motor preparation: First, change your oil filter and change your oil. While you likely performed both of these tasks before storing your boat for the winter, it is important to perform them again this spring. Make sure to check your owner’s manual to ensure you are using the appropriate oil, just like you would for a road vehicle. If you neglected to drain the oil before storing your boat for the winter, then instead drain the oil, flush the tank, and check for corrosion before re-filling with fresh oil. Then, it is time to re-install the batteries that you should have removed before the winter. Test them to ensure they are still working appropriately, and if not, then replacements are needed. Also, fill up that engine coolant tank with the appropriate coolant and fill all other fluid tanks, such as your drive engine coolant. 2. Refill All Other Fluids and Inspect Fuel System Now it is time to fill up your power-steering fluid reservoir and inspect your fuel system before fueling up. A faulty or damaged fuel system is another problem that can turn going out on the water into a dangerous experience instead of a fun one. If you winterized your boat properly, then you should have drained all the fuel from your boat before storing it. Follow these instructions created by the Boat Owners Association of the United States for inspecting your fuel system and lines before filling up for the spring. 3. Inspect the Hull and the Rest of Your Boat’s Exterior Once the engine and fuel lines are in good working order, it is time to focus...
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