Friday, March 9, 2018

Preparing for the 2018 Boating Season

The official start of spring is March 20th, which is just around the corner! Now's the time to start thinking about de-winterizing your boat for the 2018 boating season. After sitting unused all winter, your boat, dock and boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks should be inspected to ensure proper working conditions. Today's blog from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks boat lift dealer offers some tips for de-winterizing your boat and getting everything ready for the upcoming season.

1. Inspect Your Boat, Lift and Dock for Visible Damage. 

One of the first things you want to do when preparing for the spring season at the Lake is inspect everything for any noticeable damage. During the winter season, a variety of weather-related issues can arise. Did the wind knock debris onto your dock? Did ice formations create any problems? You want to make sure your dock is safe for friends and family to be on, that the lift is in proper working condition and your boat isn't damaged in any way.

2. Schedule Your Spring Boat Lift Maintenance. 

After sitting unused all winter, your boat lift needs special attention. The changes in weather and temperature can affect your boat lift in a variety of ways. Before using it for the season, consider having Summerset Boat Lifts come out to look it over. We'll ensure your boat lift is in proper working condition and is ready for the upcoming boating season. We pride ourselves on service, and that's what sets us apart in the industry. We want you to relax knowing your boat lift needs are being handled by a professional.

3. De-Winterize Your Boat. 

Once you've inspected the exterior of your boat for visible damage, it's time to start the de-winterizing process. Everything from the engine to the gas tank and the belts will need to be inspected before you hit the water for the 2018 season. If you didn't change your boat's oil last season, now's the time to do so. While winterizing your boat, you should have drained the cooling system to avoid freezing, but even so, you will want to examine all hoses for any cracks or breaks. Check all the fluid levels and refill any of them that are low. Check the boats battery to ensure it's holding a charge, and inspect all the electrical connections for clean, tight, corrosion free connections. Also, be sure to check the fuel system and change the fuel filter. If you did not use an additive to prevent contamination, you'll want to drain the gas from the tank as it's likely stale. Be sure to check your owners manual for other de-winterizing information about your particular boat. 

4. Schedule an Electrical Inspection. 

A common part of the de-winterizing process that's often overlooked is the electrical situation on your dock. The winter weather can cause electrical issues on your dock, and it's important that you have your dock inspected to ensure all the electrical wires, outlets, etc. are in proper working condition before you start using them for the season. Electricity and water don't mix, so this a crucial step in preparing for the upcoming boating season to ensure your family and friends are safe on your dock. Many companies even offer free inspections!

Follow these steps and you'll be ready to hit the water! To schedule your spring boat lift maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573-348-5073 today. Summerset Boat Lifts is here to take care of all your boat lift needs at the Lake! From boat lift maintenance and repairs to the sale of new and used lifts, we've got you covered.

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