Ready For The Water? Read These 5 Boat Maintenance Tips First

Ready For The Water? Read These 5 Boat Maintenance Tips First

July 13, 2018

Summer is the most popular time of year for boating. So if you haven't already, now is a good a time as ever to give your boat some well-needed maintenance and prep work.

Here are five tips to consider this season before you set out on your next big summer sailing excursion.

  1. Give your boat a visual inspection. It's a good idea to give your boat a visual inspection before taking it out on the water. By checking for cracks or holes, you can prevent water from getting into places where it shouldn't be. If you notice any punctures, repair them as soon as possible.
  2. Wash your boat. Even if you've already given your boat its pre-summer maintenance, it's essential to wash your boat regularly. Additionally, if you have a fiberglass boat, it may help to give your watercraft an annual wax. When you wax your boat, you prevent dirt from building up on the surface. This makes it easier to clean and rinse off the grime after taking it out on the water.
  3. Give your boat an oil change. Your boat is a water vehicle, which means you need to treat boat maintenance the same way you'd treat car maintenance. Give your boat an oil change if necessary. Replace any damaged hoses and spark plugs.
  4. Inspect your life jackets. Just as important as boat maintenance is safety equipment maintenance. Check to see if the life jackets on your vessel meet the needs of those who wear them. For instance, life jackets that are too large can provide insufficient flotation. And jackets that are too large can cause the wearer to slip out. Check to ensure the life jacket is clear of mildew and the straps are in good condition.
  5. Examine your boat's lights. Your boat should have some form of lights onboard so other watercraft can see it once the sun goes down. Make sure your navigation lights aren't corroded and work well. Boat LED strip lights and marine light bars can also be used to ensure your boat is visible at night. And when you need new ones, LED lights are 95% recyclable.

LED Flexible Strip lights for boats are a great way to ensure your boat is seen on the water by other watercraft. To learn more about waterproof LED lights for boats and other marine LED light strips, contact Plashlights about our flexible lights for boats today.

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