• Change lube and
transmission/lower unit oil and fuel filters if you didn’t do it
while winterizing. When changing fuel filters, do not prime them with
unfiltered fuel. Use your engine’s priming pump if you have one.
If not, filter enough fuel to fill the canister by pouring it through
a spare. Keep spare filters onboard and at least enough oil for one complete
batteries, and check the state of charge in each cell with a hydrometer.
Clean the top surfaces with a solution of one box of baking soda to a
quart of water. Brush on and wipe off after any bubbling stops. Rinse
with fresh water and wipe dry. Also check cables and wiring for corrosion
and wear, and replace if necessary. Terminals and connections should be
shiny. If not, clean with an emery cloth and coat with a liquid insulating
material such as Star brite’s Liquid Electrical Tape.
all nonengine zincs. If any signs of wear are present, replace them. That
way you’ll be confident that you have a full year of protection.
all pump impellers, especially those on raw-water pumps, and replace as
needed. Keep spares onboard.
the hull above and below the waterline for blistering. If any blisters
are present, repair before launching.
ground-tackle shackles. Check your anchor line for fraying or degradation,
especially where chafing occurs during normal lowering and hauling of
• Wash down
the entire boat.
• If you
used ablative bottom paint last year, clean and repaint the bottom. Most
nonablative paints are good for two seasons.
• Start the
engines and check fuel lines, oil lines, filters, pumps, and pressure
caps for leaks. Turn on all electric switches to make sure everything
works, and test all lights for burned-out bulbs.
fuel/water separators, and drain any water present. Clean or replace filter
element as necessary.
• Check under
carpets and runners and especially in closets for mold and mildew, and
wash with a mild solution of bleach and water–two parts water to
one-half part bleach–or use one of the many products on the market
designed for this purpose.
• If you’re
replacing props on inboard-engine boats, install new cotter pins.
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